Need Quality Summer Employees Fast? Here’s What to Do

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By Lorna Faires

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Need_Quality_Summer_Employees_Fast_Here_s_What_to_DoSummer can be a difficult season for hiring. Many job seekers believe employers are generally less likely to hire during the summer, so they may not be actively applying. Others may already have seasonal employment lined up. There may be delays on your end as key decision-makers take time away from the office.

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Despite all these challenges, there are still times when you’ll need to hire summer employees. Whether it’s because production has expanded unexpectedly or someone had to leave your organization, you need to get someone into the role and fast. Use these five tips and you’ll gain the quality people you’re looking for quickly.

1. Work with a Staffing Agency

When you are in need of workers, the first place you should explore is a staffing agency. They’re ready and able to provide you with the high-quality workers you need. They’re also equipped to find the people you need quickly, wherever you need them.

Working with a staffing agency to find quality summer employees can help you immensely. For one, it gives you access to a pool of high-quality candidates instantly. Next, they’ll help you through the hiring process. Their expertise, along with their streamlined processes and the technology they use, ensure faster turnaround times from job posting to hiring.

2. Expand Your Search

If you’re only posting on LinkedIn, or one or two other job sites, you may not be reaching the widest audience of job seekers. As a result, you may not find the people you need to fill roles. Take steps to expand your search by placing your job posting in a few more places.

If you work with a staffing agency, this is another way they can help you. They have strong connections with job sites, and already have access to a wider candidate network, allowing them to spread the word about your job to more people, and faster.

3. Attend a Job Fair

You’ll usually find this advice on the list for job seekers, not necessarily for employers. It’s a good idea though, since job fairs are full of people looking for jobs.

Job fair season is usually in the early spring when university students are almost done their semester or preparing to graduate. You may still find a few job fairs, particularly at high schools. School isn’t over for these students until the end of June, so job fairs often take place just a little later.

4. Ask for Referrals

Chances are your colleagues and peers know of at least one person they could recommend for the job. Ask around. Someone may connect you with an excellent candidate this way.

You may also find passive candidates, which are people who aren’t actively seeking out work. A referral is sometimes a safer bet than someone that answers your job advertisement because your colleague/peer speaks highly of them, and you can probably trust their judgement. While not every referral will be stellar, most people don’t recommend someone who isn’t suited for the job.

5. Streamline Your Process

This last tip is designed to help you hire summer employees quickly. If you need to get people into roles fast, then you need to make sure your hiring process is streamlined. A streamlined process allows you to move through all the steps more quickly, leading to faster hires.

This is especially important if key decision-makers are going to be away. If someone is away from the office, it could delay the hiring process for weeks. By the time they get back, someone else may be gone. A streamlined process can allow decisions to happen sooner, with fewer decision makers needed.

If you still need a helping hand, keep in mind that working with an agency, like Liberty Staffing, is your best bet. Hiring summer employees should be easy. We can make it easier for you.


Lorna Faires

I have over 15 years of experience in the staffing industry, in a management role. I possess a strong background in recruitment, screening, and connecting candidates with the right employment opportunities. I love all animals, but especially my 3 dogs. Hiking and canoeing are my passions, and getting out into nature and being unplugged is my favourite way to spend my vacations.

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