• February 15, 2019 10:12 AM | Kim Grimm (Administrator)

    Hello again! We are talking about finding and recruiting your first hire. In many people’s minds this means we place an ad, we hire the first person who has a decent resume and we are off to the races right?! Nope, not at all, like anything else this isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a fast process. Do you have your napkin, word doc, or notes of what the person you will be hiring will be doing? If not, then go back to part 1 and re-read. If you do let’s jump in!

    Let’s think about this person and our business as a whole. First off, do we want a purely US based team? Now, some of you just said “of course!” and that is great! However, at REbox we LOVE getting talent from all over the world. In our eyes why limit yourself to just your own backyard why not incorporate cultures from everywhere to bring an amazing mind meld to the table? We love it! We have people from Europe, the Philippines and all over the US. If that is not for you no worries. Second, do you want physical space or a virtual environment? There are benefits and drawbacks to both and it is better to think about it BEFORE you hire someone. Some people love working from home where others will struggle. You need to have the environment clear in your mind so you can make sure you are recruiting to that vision. Third, are you going to consider them an employee or an independent contractor? Now we could write a whole blog just on this topic (or really any of these) but in this blog we are just getting you thinking. So, consult with your CPA, lawyer and state laws to really understand this because it makes a HUGE difference to your potential team member and your bottom line.

    NOW we are going to work on an ad! You know if you are hiring locally or broadly, if they are sitting in an office or their own comfy couch, and if they will be an employee or an independent contractor. Whew! So now let’s craft our ad. DO NOT JUST COPY SOMEONE ELSE’S. Your vision is different than theirs, so take a few minutes and free write why YOU love your company. I know you are like “Jen you are nuts I am hiring someone not myself?!” Yes, but culture is huge in a team. What you love about the company is what will attract, keep and motivate your team members so just do it. I would give yourself 15-30 min just word vomit on the page what you love about your industry, your vision, and where you see yourself in 5 years. Once you have that leave it for 24 hours and the next day come back and look at it. Pull 5-15 items out of there and they become your bullet points in the ad. Be direct, don’t be fluffy or wordy, get to the point on what you want. Be specific, if you want experience, then how much? Type up your ad and have someone else read it. Once they love it as much as you post away! Use applicable job search sites in your area or the area you are hiring in. Review applications, conduct interviews, and make an offer to the best candidate that you can see in your 5-year plan.

    Tip1: Once you are happy with it, add a teaser at the end of the ad with a request. Ours is something like “If you have read this entire ad and feel like you are our next Rockstar please submit an email on why and be sure to include in the subject line, I am your next ROCKSTAR”. We will not even look at an application that doesn’t follow the teaser. We are in the detail industry after all.

    Tip2: Do NOT give YOUR email address or phone number (made this mistake once never again).

  • January 28, 2019 12:30 PM | Kim Grimm (Administrator)

    So, you want to build a team? I have a team, a large team, and I get asked all the time “How do you build a team?”. Typically, they want me to be able to tell them in passing, over coffee, or in the elevator. This is funny to me because the answer is simple, but not easy and definitely NOT fast.

    The first question I always ask is why do you WANT to build a team? Building a team for the sake of having a team is not a reason to do it. In order to build anything worthwhile it is going to take blood, sweat and tears and there are going to be days (sometimes many) you want to give up. So, knowing WHY you want to build a team is key. In my world it is to create opportunity. For myself, my family, my team, their families, the community, our clients…well you get the idea. My why is HUGE so I NEED help accomplishing it, enter a team. What is your why? Is it big enough to need a team? If you are not sure then stop what you are doing and get sure! I would highly recommend the book, Start with Why by Simon Sinek.

    Great! So now you have your why, you know you are going to need help and this “team” thing is right up your alley so first step is to hire right?! NO!!! This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Hiring without knowing WHAT that person is doing is a recipe for disaster for you and the poor person you hire. So, your first step is a little vision casting (I warned you this wasn’t fast). Think of you why, now think of a world where you wake up daily and LOVE your world. Pick a date 5 years in the future. You are happy, healthy, fulfilled personally and professionally doing _____________. Yup that is right fill in the blank, get detailed. What does your world look like, who are you interacting with on your team, what are they doing and how does that look? What are you doing and what does that look like? Got it? Great, WRITE IT DOWN. I don’t care if it is in a journal, digital or otherwise, a notebook a napkin WRITE IT DOWN. You need to keep this and think of it often.

    Now we are going to work backwards. You know what your world looks like in 5 years so what do we need to do NOW to get there? At this point you are reading this blog post going “this does not help?! I want to HIRE NOW, I want a team NOW”. Here is the gig you can absolutely go out, hire out of desperation, bring them on with no idea of what you want them to do, and congratulations you will NOT have a team you will have a mess with lots of people so trust me. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. What needs to happen now for you to have that life in 5 years. Who is that FIRST hire you need and what will they be doing in order to get you to that five-year goal? Clear? Great! WRITE IT DOWN, review it, live with it as you are going through your day and add or subtract from it to create your first job description. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect and it WILL change over time, but this is our start.

    Coming up next…finding/recruiting your first hire…

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