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How To Hire Remote Workers For The First Time

By: Jeremy Bowler


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If you find yourself looking to hire remote workers for the first time, you’re not alone. There are lots of businesses that are venturing out into remote working recruitment for the first time, rather than simply forcing their office staff to do it during the pandemic.

Recruiting remote positions is something that needs careful planning and attention, particularly as you’re not going to be able to see the candidates in person, rather than over a computer screen.

With that, here are some tips to recruit remote positions for the first time as a business.

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Define what you need in your hire

What is it that you need when it comes to the remote position? Perhaps they’ll be handling the administrative tasks needed within a departmental team? It could be that they’re handling the social media for your social channels. Defining what you need within your hire is the first step for any form of recruitment.

Of course, when it comes to remote working, you need to be specific in what set of responsibilities they have and to ensure they’re remote-friendly. You’ll also want to have a clear definition when it comes to the job title and required skills/experience needed.

Create a strong and recognizable brand online

When it comes to recruiting remotely, the remote workers might not know much about your business, especially if you’re not a household name or exist solely online or in a specific area of the world.

With that being said, you want to be making your presence known online for everyone to see. Creating a strong and recognizable brand online is key. That means remote workers and those working in the office, need to be singing your business praises online, especially via sites such as LinkedIn.

That, coupled with reviews and testimonials from clients, will be worthwhile when trying to recruit great talent.

Expand your talent pool potential

When it comes to recruiting talent, you want to source your candidates from all parts of the internet. The more you cast your net, the larger the pool of applicants you’ll receive. After all, it’s better to have a large pool of applicants to choose from, rather than not enough.

There are plenty of places to source these candidates from whether that’s LinkedIn, Upwork, your social media feeds, job boards, and through agencies.

This process can be simplified and made more efficient by using recruitment agency software, which streamlines the hiring process, making it easier to manage candidates from various sources and find the perfect fit for your organization.

Test the candidate’s skills and knowledge

With remote workers, you don’t get to see them in person, so making a judgment on their personality and the experience/skills and knowledge they have will all be perceived through the computer screen’s camera.

That’s why it’s worth implementing some tests to assess their skill level and to weed out any of the applicants who may have told one or two white lies on their application.

Offer competitive and rewarding benefits

Whether you’re recruiting for a remote medical receptionist or a remote finance manager, make sure what you’re offering for those applying is a great package. The better the benefits and company package is, the more likely that top talent is going to come flooding through your digital doors.

Be sure to use these helpful tips to hire remote workers for your business in 2023.

Published: September 27, 2023

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Jeremy Bowler

Jeremy Bowler is a full-time copywriter of five years specialising in business and finance. Jeremy graduated from the University of Chester with degrees in business accounting and finance. He's an avid traveler and has taught English in Nepal, Malaysia, and Japan and has produced copy for Neil Patel, Entrepreneur and Metro amongst many other high-end publications.

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