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fill vacancy with current team member | discoveryourpowerteam.com
 

Business Owners: Looking to fill a new role on your team? Best candidate may be closer than you think!

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Are you a business owner who is looking to grow your team and is wondering where to find the best talent for the new role?  If you have current team members, the best individuals might be just under your nose. 

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Before you start looking outside your business to fill new vacancies, you may want to take a peak at those you already have on your team.  It might be time for you to get to know them a little better!

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Sometimes folks that work closely with us have skills and talent we don’t know about.  In our mind, we see them fulfilling the role they currently hold and nothing more.  Some of your team members are quite content doing what they do for you and are truly doing work they are good at and passionate about.  Others, however may be ready to take on more or even a different role. 

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Here are some tips to help you determine if your current team members are ready, willing and able to take on more responsibilities or a totally different role in your business:

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1. Identify the work you need to have done

2. Identify the skills, knowledge and experience required to fulfill that role

3. Meet one-on-one with each of your current team members to determine:

  • what they enjoy the most in their current role as a member of your team
  • what they like least in their current role
  • their business aspirations
  • what more could they see themselves doing for you
  • if they could select their dream role in support of your business, what would it be
  • what experience have they had in a role similar to the one you will be introducing in your business
  • what interest do they have in this new role

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You don’t have to be growing your team to have these types of discussions with your current team members.  In fact, I recommend you have one-on-one conversations with each team member once or twice per year to better understand their interests and business aspirations. 

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Taking the time to better understand what the members of your team like and dislike as well as becoming familiar with their business goals will strengthen your relationship.  It shows them that you genuinely care and are  interested in their well-being and success.  It may also give you the impotus to expand or even redefine their role in a way that will better support you and your business while providing them an opportunity for growth.

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4. Whether or not you are considering any of your current team members for one of the new roles on your team, be sure to tell them about these new roles. They should hear it from you and not from their colleagues or stumble upon it on a job board.  Keeping them abreast of such changes in your business makes them feel like they are truly part of the team.

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5. Reviewing what you have just learned about your current team members and taking into account your experience in working with them, identify if any of them have the skills, knowledge and experience required for the new role on your team. 

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6. Determine what to do next:

  • If your team member is the absolute perfect candidate for the job, you may want to hire her in the new role and then focus on filling her existing role. 
  • If you feel a current team member has potential but is not an automatic shoe-in, post the vacancy and invite her to apply.
  • Perhaps you do not believe the individual on your team has the necessary skills or you do not see yourself working with her in this new capacity.  In this case, be honest with her.  If this is truly a role she aspires to and is open to feedback, provide it and offer insight as to how she can develop her skills.

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I recognize that your current team members may be very happy doing what they do, or they may not be suitable for the new roles you create on your team.  As a business leader, it is worth your while to better know the interests and skills of your team, as the perfect candidate for your new role may be just under your nose!

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to your empowerment and success,

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P.S.: Wondering if your current team members are right for a new role on your team? Looking to start a team or expand it in support of your growing business? Let’s talk.  Contact me and request a strategy session today.  Simply email me at sherleygrace@discoveryourpowerteam.com and write “Strategy Session Requested” in the subject line.  Be sure to tell me about your business and what you are looking to accomplish!

 

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