Recruiting temporary staff for Christmas

Temporary and seasonal leisure staff

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas yet? Not for us. This time of year brings increased demand for good people in many sectors, retail, beauty, catering and hospitality. Christmas brings the annual surge in spending across the high street and in the leisure industry. Anyone who’s visited a gym in January can’t deny that even gym membership is seasonal!

Unless your name is Santa Claus and you have an abundance of little helpers ready to work extra hours, you may need to hire some temporary Christmas staff. Many industries hire temporary workers in the run-up to the festive season and there are plenty of people who are happy just to work during this period for one reason or another.

Christmas temps

If you want to recruit temporary staff for Christmas, here’s what you need to do

  • It is important to remember that temporary staff have legal rights the same as permanent employees. You the employer have legal obligations to your temporary workers. Employment legislation such as minimum wage needs to be adhered to. You can get more advice on these aspects of employment law at http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4587
  • Seasonal workers can be a positive influence on your company. Most enjoy working during busy, festive periods and their enthusiasm can be of great benefit both to your customers and to your permanent employees. Marginalising temporary employees by treating them as if they are not a legitimate part of the team can be a missed opportunity to inject some welcome festive cheer into your business.
  • Look at your temporary staff as on audition for a permanent role. Having the chance to try someone out on a temporary basis can be a great way of finding a superstar. Give your temp workers a chance to shine and you could uncover a real gem. Learn more about our Temp2Perm solutions
  • Depending on what they are going to be doing, temporary team members may need as much onboarding as a permanent employee. You can’t expect a new employee, whether temp or permanent, to know instantly how you do things, especially in a customer-facing role. While temps always have a welcome breadth of experience to draw on and are good at adapting to new environments, if you need things done a specific way then you need to invest some time showing them the ropes. Temp workers are good, but they’re not psychic!

We have many years’ experience in supporting beauty, spa, retail and leisure businesses by finding, placing and retaining quality temporary and permanent staff in leisure jobs. If you know that your business is about to enter a busy and profitable period and you are in need of some of Santa’s little helpers to help support this, then get in touch.

We can help you by supplying……

  • Beauty retail staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Health and fitness professionals
  • Catering and hospitality staff
  • Leisure sales staff

busy Christmas shopping period

Do recruiters use social media to check on candidates?

Do you think about what you post on your social media accounts? If you’re looking for a job then you should!

Recent research by CareerBuilder found that around 60% of recruiters in the US use social media to garner more information about a candidate. We imagine it’s a similar story here in the UK, though we’ll leave it to you to guess whether we are in the 60% ourselves!

Read the full article at – http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2016/04/28/37823/

Do recruiters use social media

The truth is that it is irrelevant whether you think it’s ethical for a recruiter to check out your personal social media feeds because it goes on regardless. It is part of a recruiter’s job to make sure their client is getting the best possible candidates for consideration. If you’re actively looking for a job, then you need to be careful what you post.

You may think that no-one really looks at your social media postings but once you cross the line and post something, it’s no longer a secret. Whether you have 1 follower, or 1 million, the content is there for all to see. Let’s hope Gary Lineker doesn’t regret this tweet from earlier this month.

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Whether or not Gary is right or wrong in his early assessment of Leicester City’s likely league finishing position, it would take a very brave man to go back on this promise, especially as it’s been retweeted over 33,000 times, taking the reach of this lone tweet into the millions. OK, Gary is a very famous seller of crisps and will inevitably attract attention, but when you’re looking for a job, you’re trying to catch the attention of potential employers and those tasked with working on their behalf. Probably best to not give off a bad impression of yourself.

To make a bad impression of yourself, according to the research, you should use bad language, use inappropriate or provocative photos, show yourself up as a racist or bigot, bad-mouth your current or former employers, or show general poor communication skills.

To create a good impression, you should use a professional photograph, share updates which support the skills you claim to have, and have good communication skills.

It’s not a good idea to stay off social media altogether either – around 40% of employers say that lack of digital presence is off-putting. Maybe in this age of almost everyone using social media, it looks suspicious if you don’t.

So what can you do? First of all, look at all your social media accounts and put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes. Is there anything in there which would make a recruiter think twice before recommending you to an employer?

Then improve your accounts. Can you add positive stories to your accounts which reinforce your professional image? Can you replace your dodgy profile pic with something more professional, for example.

Going forward, employers have been known to use social media to keep a check on employees, so don’t think that the game stops once you’re safely in the job. Be mindful of what you post on social media all of the time – you never know who might be watching!

Why not follow us on social media too?

4Leisure get social!

There’s no doubt that social media has been a huge phenomenon over the last few years. Since the days of MySpace and various rivals in the 2000s, all sorts of people have been finding their favourite platforms to socialise and network online.

As a specialist recruitment agency we understand that social media can be both a threat and an opportunity to our operations. While in theory it can mean that companies can do their own recruiting for very little cost, we have found that it’s not such a black-and-white picture. There are still advantages to using an agency, and getting the word out about a vacancy is just a very small part of a successful recruitment process.

Nevertheless, we see social media as a good thing for recruiters and job seekers alike. You may have noticed our growing social media presence recently as we get more comfortable with using it and are finding it to be a useful tool for reaching job seekers and broaden our many and varied candidate pools. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you ‘do’ social media, then please come and say hello to us. We are on…..

Facebook

Please come and like us at 4LeisureRecruitment. On here we share all of our jobs, and news items you may find interesting. We also have a Job of the Week every Friday. Facebook is a great platform and there’s not many people who haven’t heard of it, or use it. By Facebook’s last figures, there are more adults on Facebook than not. Facebook is popular with all ages, and for many people is the only social network they use. It is sometimes a struggle because Facebook are trying to get companies to pay-to-play and are squeezing the filters even tighter. If you want to see all our posts, please come and visit our page regularly as it’s inevitable that you will miss some jobs and you never know, the one you miss might be the perfect job for you!

If you’re interested specifically in Lifeguard or Spa jobs, we also have separate pages for these too.  We post up the relevant jobs here as well as industry chat.

Twitter

We LOVE Twitter! Twitter has been the fastest growing social network over the last few years with around 135,000 new accounts created every day. There are over 2 billion active searches on Twitter worldwide daily.

Twitter is a great way of reaching a younger audience. Those searching for entry level jobs are active on there, shunning the now uncool Facebook in favour of something faster and sharper.

We post all our jobs up on Twitter automatically – as soon as the job is on our website, it’s also on Twitter. Twitter is very fast-moving and if you blink, you’ll miss a tweet or two, but the searchability makes Twitter a winner for us. You want a #job as a beauty therapist? Do the search and you’ll find lots, and some of them will be ours!

Come and follow us over there. We have a main account – @4Leisure – one for lifeguards @4Lifeguards, and one for Spa and Beauty @4LeisureSpa

LinkedIn

We are on LinkedIn! Are you? We have a company page at 4Leisure Recruitment, and a discussion group at 4Leisure group.

We find LinkedIn is a fantastic way of reaching out to those looking for a management or senior role, and for keeping up with industry developments with professionals who are not necessarily active on Facebook.

This article from Recruitment Buzz discussed whether LinkedIn is the biggest threat to us as recruiters, but we certainly don’t think so. Sharing news of job vacancies is only one part of the process, and LinkedIn has given us just another way of sharing those vacancies. If anything, LinkedIn is helping us to reach you or your next brilliant employee.

Using LinkedIn in tandem with more mass-market platforms such as Facebook allows us to reach employers and candidates all the way up and down the job ladder.

Google+

We are also on Google +. Yes, it’s not mass-market yet and it’s still full of IT professionals and bloggers, but Google+ will be popular soon and we’re getting ahead of the curve! Google have invested a lot of time, money, and effort into making Google+ the ultimate social network and we have to admit that it’s pretty good. It has the best of all the social networks – you can have one-way relationships like Twitter, with the content-rich postings of Facebook. We love the AutoAwesome feature, and are looking forward to using it more.

If you’re on Google+, please come and connect with us over there and we’ll muddle through together.

And if you’re looking for a job using social media?

Our advice to you is to do it! Use Twitter to search for vacancies, like Facebook pages of recruitment agencies operating in your industry, and get on LinkedIn. Make your profiles searchable and let people come and find you too. Project an online image which is desirable to employers, and get networking.

From www.SocialTalent.co

Spa & Leisure Recruitment Agencies not compliant?

Shocked to hear how many other Spa and Leisure Recruitment Agencies are not making their clients aware of the Agency Workers Regulations.

Introduced in October 2011, AWR was brought in to protect the rights of temporary workers and stop them being exploited. It sought mainly to ensure that temporary workers receive the same benefits that permanent workers in a similar role receive.

But it would seem that AWR is not being explained to leisure operators, many of whom have never heard of it. We spoke to several of our current and new clients last week and none of them had ever been spoken to about AWR by their previous suppliers. Is this a case of their Agencies burying their head in the sand? Or just not understanding it?

It’s true that AWR is complex and has caused all kinds of administrative headaches for both agencies and clients alike, but it’s not going anywhere and avoiding it altogether is as good as asking for a claim to be made.

From a client perspective, if your agency isn’t talking to you about AWR and how they are protecting you from claims, you should seriously think about who you’re using. Just because it’s leisure, doesn’t mean it’s shouldn’t be professional.

For more information of AWR and how 4Leisure can provide a cost-effective, professional and compliant service, contact one of our Specialist Consultants on 01895 450640.

Not just a one trick pony!

Very impressed with the 4Leisure Team with the diversity of roles filled in the last quarter. Whilst some may assume that we just service the operational face of leisure businesses, the Team set out to prove that if you’re a good recruiter, your can recruit for anything!

We’ve even surprised ourselves with a couple of these:

  • Property Manager
  • Trainer & Business Development Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Client Implementation Support Technician
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Contact Centre Team Manager
  • Group Retention & Product Manager

If you think you can provide us with a suitable challenge, get in touch!

Pony