After a lot of hard work and determination, you managed to get your business up and running. That alone deserves a pat on the back. However, you're not out of the woods yet. You still need to find people who're going to make your business thrive. Hiring employees isn't the easiest task to accomplish, though. Knowing how to go about it can make it go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few hiring practices that can both protect and improve your company's workforce.

Make Job Listings That Fit Your Company's Image

Every company is different and represents themselves through different means. Some businesses are more witty and humorous while others are strictly professional. As such, you want to draw in people who share the same views and values of your business. If your business prefers to be more professional, post your job listings in a detailed and organized fashion. If you wish to cut loose a bit, add some creativity to the job description.

Outline the Hiring Process

The hiring process needs to be clear and concise. You need to explain in detail what the job entails and what potential applicants can expect during the hiring process. For example, will interviews be in person or over the phone? How many rounds of interviews do you expect to do before choosing a candidate? Applicants will want to know what to prepare for.

Consider Requiring Drug Testing

Implementing drug testing as part of the hiring process helps weed out any applicants that might not be suitable for the position. Even if they have the right credentials, someone who uses drugs might not be able to keep up with work demands. In turn, this can lead to slower production, costly mistakes, and even fatal injuries on the job. This is especially important if the position requires using heavy machinery. Implementing drug testing as part of the screening process can make finding the right candidate less stressful as well.

Engage in Social Media

These days, social media is a vital tool for many aspects of business, including hiring. Many businesses, including some of the largest conglomerates, utilize social media to expand their services and reach out to potential clients. This also applies to hiring new recruits. If you have several different positions available, consider posting links to the job postings or applications on your social media accounts.

Take Advantage of Referrals

Obviously, you don’t want to hire some random person into your company, especially when you’re just starting out. You need to recruit people who are both efficient and trustworthy. Not only do the people you hire have an effect on the way your business operates, it also affects your overall reputation. Getting referrals is a fantastic method for finding people you know who can get the job done and always be depended on.

How you hire is just as important as who you hire. Take the time to fine tune your hiring strategy so that you attract the right kind of applicants. This can make finding the right employees easier and less stressful.

Author's Bio: 

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.