Students make amazing part-time workers.
They’re diligent, flexible, and want a job that gives them experience without the commitment of a full-time gig. In other words, they’re are a small business owner’s dream.
Finding and hiring student employees is easier than you may think. All you need is some valuable insight about where to look for great candidates and how to manage recruitment and onboarding. We broke this process into three sections that simplifies finding student workers for your small business:
Where to Find Employees
Between your personal network, online sites, and job fairs, you can find a pool of stellar job candidates for your business. Start with people you know — send out an email to your friends, family, and acquaintances about your search for a student employee. Don’t be surprised if you get an immediate response. People love connecting job seekers with potential opportunities. With a simple email, they can help you find a great worker, while giving a young person an extra source of income.
Local publications — both online and in print — are another great source of outreach. Most regional and local newspapers have a classified section that serves this very purpose. Even if you have to pay a small sum, it’s worth it to get the job opportunities out there in the local community.
Just as publications spread the word about job openings, so do common online job sites. In particular, students are always keeping their eyes on websites like Craigslist, Monster, and Jobsite. The UK government also sponsors a job match, which gives business owners a portal to review relevant CVs.
Whenever you post a listing on one of these sites, share the link to the applications through your social media channels. Social media followers are already familiar with your business and can make great employees.
Job Fairs and Events
Job fairs and events offer a unique advantage — they give you a sense of a job candidate’s personality without an initial interview. You can ask thoughtful questions and engage the candidate at an event before committing to a formal interview process. These four websites can help you to find clear opportunities to connect with students at job events:
Local colleges and universities in your area may also host job fairs for businesses. Consider checking in the with careers service offices at nearby institutions.
How to Hire Students for Part-Time Jobs
To hire a student for a part-time job, you need to hammer out details of the position and your chosen recruitment process. By developing a job posting, conducting interviews, and selecting the best candidate, you pave a path to a successful hire.
Develop a Job Posting
Crafting a transparent, enticing job posting is essential for attracting the right applicants. If you haven’t posted this position (or any job description) before, start by answering the following questions.
- What does your company do?
- What are the primary responsibilities of this role?
- What is the job title?
- How many number of hours per week do you need the student employee?
- Who serves as the direct supervisor?
- What is the hourly pay rate?
The answers to these questions are at the heart of a compelling job post. Start with a short paragraph or two about your company’s background and purpose. Next, outline an overview of the responsibilities of this role. Keep your descriptions concise with bullet points, followed by a few sentences about the day-to-day experience of this employee.
Finish each job description with the payment rate along with specific directions on how to apply. Student applicants usually prefer to submit an application via email or an online portal. It makes the process faster on your end, too.
Conduct Interviews and Select a Candidate
Once you review the applications from potential candidates, set up some interviews. Just because you’re only hiring for a part-time job does not mean you should put less effort into vetting candidates.
Take the first five minutes of the interview to break the ice. From there, ask questions about the prior job experiences listed on the resume.
Did the candidates experience challenges in their last job that they weren’t able to overcome?
What are their greatest strengths?
Although asking detailed questions can feel awkward, it’s integral to finding the most qualified employees. Before the interview is over, ask the job candidate if they have any questions for you. Their questions can give you extra insight into their motivation and priorities.
Based on the interviews, select your ideal candidate and make a formal offer. Give the candidate a day or two to consider the opportunity and express any concerns. If the candidate turns down the offer, select a second candidate from your list. Only notify the other applicants that they didn’t receive an offer once you have filled the position.
7 Things You Need to Do When Employing Staff for the First Time
When you embark on the employment process for the first time, you need to comply with UK government regulations. Here are 7 steps that ensure you’re following legal protocol before you make your first hire:
- Decide how much to pay your employee. – If you’re not sure of the exact rate, look at job postings from competitors or ask other local businesses what they pay for the same work. Most importantly, you need to make sure that the pay rate meets the National Minimum Wage.
- Check to see if each candidate has a legal right to work in the UK. – The UK government website can help you to verify each job candidate as eligible to work. Some student visas don’t allow for employment — it’s important to check this out during the interview process.
- Look into the requirements for a DBS Check. – The UK requires Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for employees who work in a particular field like childcare or healthcare. Investigate whether they’re mandatory for your business.
- Purchase employment insurance. Businesses who hire workers need to purchase at least £5 million dollars in employers’ liability (EL) insurance in case of an injury or accident on the job.
- Create a written statement of employment – The job description you craft during the recruiting process can serve as the basis for a statement of employment you must give to the new hire. For more information on the requirements for this document, look at the UK government website.
- Register as an employer with HM Revenue and Customs. – Businesses need to sign up with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before the first payday. Be aware that it takes up to two weeks to process registration.
- Look into automatic enrollment for pension schemes. – Some business owners also need to enroll their staff in a pension scheme — visit the UK workplace pensions site for more details on the requirements and timeline.
Each part-time hire is an investment in your business.
If you treat each employee as a significant part of your business regardless of their hourly commitment, you’ll find yourself with quality applicants and reliable hires. These workers may even go on to become full-time employees and advocates for your business.
The more time you dedicate to them, the bigger the rewards on your investment.