By Servane Mouazan
During our latest Ogunte brainy breakfast with the fabulous Futureheads Recruitment team and a lively group of women in social enterprises, we explored what it takes to hire and retain talent, we tapped in the crowd wisdom, we heard tips from the pros and the peers, and we all went away with valuable commitments.
This session was hosted and animated by:
Here are a few of the tips that circulated during our session:
Think about your ecosystem
What will you be able to do once you’ve let go of certain activities?
Work on your job description
You know that studies say men tend to apply even if they haven’t got the whole skill set. Women tend to shy away from jobs if they haven’t matched at least 80% of the requirements…. So much talent wasted. Work out what they can or can not do - yet - and make sure they can showcase how they have learnt and delivered in the past. You certainly need some expertise too. What you don’t need is someone stuck in a silo.
If you need a all-rounder, ask for an all-rounder, someone who is clear about what that means on a daily basis.
Be Kaler at Futureheads say she has stopped giving people “second chances” after she was submerged with over one hundred applications for only 6 vacancies. So if the cover letter or the CV contains too many mistakes or doesn’t answer the requirements, or if the candidates seem to be jumping from one job to another without real purpose, and if this doesn’t really fit with the position on offer, she tends to eliminate them early on.
Remember, you are hiring a person who will help you grow your social business and have a bigger impact. Not a friend.
How to spot potential?
Legal questions: what type of contract should I go for?
Evaluate the pros and cons of: ad hoc supplier, shared/part time contract, MOU with associates.
For more resources on various types of contracting, and hiring topics, look at the on ACAS website.
Start small and let things grow. Amend your plans along the way. Is a full time worker really what you need right now? Are you already employed - as a director?
How to attract great talent when you cannot pay for it yet
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Impact Hub, the co-working space for social entrepreneurs, share “non negotiables” in their membership documents as well as their job descriptions. It’s a set of up to 8 or 10 bullet points that outlines key values, principles and beliefs, which you sign up to as a member or as staff. They use a particular language that fits their community.
DigitalMums: What a great decision to delegate our social media activities to Catherine Horsfield, who trained with DigitalMums agencies and set up her own social media consultancy. Catherine immediately got our values and ethos. She understands the market, the language, and she’s is a great promoter of women in social enterprises everywhere in the world. We value her decisions and her working style and she offers challenging insights. So that’s a win!
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