The fear of managing people is frequently what prevents designers from choosing to outsource for help. However, the right team can efficiently manage itself which will save you time and reserve your creative energy for the tasks in which you excel. But before you begin the hiring process, you need to identify some key things like what positions will help you out the most to hire out and how to market those open job positions to applicants.
How To Know Who to Hire
First, you need to be able to identify what positions you need to fill. The best way of figuring this out is by taking some time at the end of every day to jot down a list of every taks that you wish you could have delegated. Once you have that list, you have to remember that one person will not be enough to do all of those tasks, so you’ll need to take that list that you’ve created and compare it against job descriptions from sites like Indeed. Get inspired by these results and use the descriptions to determine if they look like the type of position you are looking to fill. Break these tasks into categories to assign job titles to and you’re on your way into the hiring process.
Fun with Names
Once you know what roles you want to fill, you can craft your job descriptions and titles to reflect the creative personality of yout team. Get interesting with your job titles. While you will still want to keep the traditional position titles on paper, calling your interns “Design Go Getters” adds an extra touch of creativity to your team. Or, perhaps your “Senior Designer” is your “Design Wizard.” These terms should stay internal so as to not lose out on any keyword traffic on job search engines but they can bring a great boost in morale.
A third important step to take is to create an organizational chart with the pathways to and from each position you are creating. This allows you to tell your applicants that they have a path to promotion. That’s exciting! You don’t want a revolving door of hires it’s exhausting and expensive. But a path to promotion, especially when you have quality talent, is priceless, and will enable your business to grow much faster. Not only that, but it will also create the space for you to return to your creative genius, because you are no longer bogged down filling all of the other roles yourself.
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