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Planning Ahead for 2024…. Household Staff Recruitment

Once you have made the decision to recruit staff for your household, you may be wondering where to start and how best to approach the whole process, which can be complex. Before you engage the services of a private household recruitment company to undertake your searches, it is also best to begin with some planning and preparation of your own first. This will help streamline the process of finding the right candidates for you.

So, here are some good steps to start with that will hone your ideas for the household staff you would like and need:

  1. Assess your needs: Start by identifying the specific roles and responsibilities you need help with. Consider key factors such as the number of staff required, their expertise, the working hours and any other specific unique requirements that are important to you.
  2. Define job descriptions: Once you have identified the roles you need to fill, create detailed job descriptions outlining the responsibilities, qualifications and specific requirements for each position. All these details will help attract suitable candidates and ensure they are a good fit for the job.
  3. Determine the budget: Establishing a budget for household staff is essential as it will help you determine the level of qualifications and experience you can afford. Consider factors like salary, insurance, benefits and any other costs associated with hiring and maintaining staff.
  4. Screen applications: Once you start receiving a shortlist of CV’s that have been pre-screened for you, you will then in turn want to carefully review each one yourself in order to assess their qualifications, experience and suitability.
  5. The interviews: At interview stage, prepare a list of structured questions that will encourage them to demonstrate their appropriate skills and experience. During the interviews, make sure to communicate your expectations clearly and listen attentively to the candidates’ responses.
  6. Job Offers: Think about salary, work hours, benefits and any other relevant factors. Be prepared for negotiations and ensure that both sides have a clear understanding of the expectations and commitments. Make sure you have spoken to as many of the candidate’s referees as possible as past performance is a good indicator of future performance. Speaking to the referees will also help with understanding that a not so complimentary reference can be balanced out with the positive references. Our experience shows that a personality mismatch can also be the result of a negative reference, so before you make a job offer be very sure of the ultimate suitability of the candidate.

By following these simple steps and spending a bit of time on forward planning you are helping to streamline the recruitment process which will ultimately assist in finding the right candidates to meet your household staff needs.

Crucial to the process will be your relationship with a specialist private household recruitment company. Eden Private Staff will assess your recruitment plan with you and undertake the recruitment process, utilising their sector knowledge to find the best people for you.

Here is how they will help:

  1. Extensive Network: Specialist companies like Eden Private Staff have an extensive network of highly qualified and experienced candidates in various household roles. They have access to a pool of pre-screened and vetted candidates who have undergone background checks and reference verifications. This saves you valuable time and effort in searching for suitable candidates yourself.


  1. Expertise and Experience: We specialise in household staff recruitment and have in-depth knowledge of the industry. We understand the specific requirements of different household roles and can provide guidance on job descriptions, salary ranges and many other important aspects of recruitment. We also have experience in assessing candidates and can help you identify the right fit for your household.


  1. Tailored Matching: We take the time to understand your specific needs and preferences, working closely with you to identify the skills, experience, and personality traits you are looking for in candidates. Based on this information, we can present you with a curated selection of candidates who closely match your requirements, thereby increasing the likelihood of finding the right fit.


  1. Thorough Screening: Eden Private Staff conduct thorough screening and background checks on candidates before recommending them to clients. This includes checking references, validating qualifications and verifying their work history. Our checks will give you confidence in the credibility and reliability of the candidates being presented to you.


  1. Timesaving: Recruiting household staff can be a time-consuming process, especially when it involves sifting through numerous applications and conducting extensive interviews. By engaging us, you can delegate these tasks to them. We will handle the initial screening, interview process and pre-employment checks, saving you time and ensuring a more efficient recruitment process.

Utilising a specialist company like Eden Private Staff allows you to access our expertise, our extensive network and all the accompanying resources to find the best candidates for your household.

November 23, 2023

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