Getting the right person to meet your needs starts with defining what you need in terms of tasks, the qualities you're looking for and the kind of manager you want to be. Then think about your budget. Would a creative arrangement give you needed flexibility?
Small or solos are in a unique position when it comes to becoming employers. Most have never been responsible for or even needed to hire someone in any context. Our risk averse nature also leads many attorneys to see the hiring process as too problematic.
Many of us have also had the unfortunate experience of a bad hire. Hiring the wrong person can be worse than having no help. Bad hires create unnecessary tension, conflict, and ultimately leaves everyone involved disappointed. There are ways to avoid the wrong hire—even when the need is urgent. Here’s what to think about should you find yourself ready to pull the trigger:
Write a Job Description
Job descriptions can be daunting. How do you describe things in a way that someone will actually want to apply? Start simple by writing a list of everything that needs to get done this week. Then, mark all the things that could be done by someone other than yourself. Now, you can convert this into a job description by:
Set a Budget
Start by understanding exactly how much you can afford. This can be the most challenging part. Solo and small firms can be more affected by the natural influx (or loss) of client work. Here are some things to think about when establishing your economic commitment:
Develop a Process
Establish a direction once you know what the need is and how much you can afford. This will avoid a lot of unnecessary headaches and time wasters. Here are some things to think about as you develop the search process:
Now Start Searching!