SOURCE: Data Facts, Inc.

October 28, 2015 02:00 ET

Holiday Hiring? Data Facts, Inc. Offers Five Tips to Land the Best Seasonal Employees

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - When the weather turns colder, thoughts veer toward warm sweaters, boots, and the upcoming holidays. While many think of shopping, eating out, and parties, employers start gearing up for holiday hiring. According to a recent survey by Snagajob, 80% of employers plan on hiring extra help for the 2015 holiday season.

It's always vital to hire the most qualified employees who fit into a company's culture. This season, finding the best seasonal employees presents unique challenges. The low unemployment rate and predicted brisk holiday shopping add up to an extra need for good quality help.

Never fear! Data Facts' Background Screening Account Executives got together to lay out these five tips to help employers land the best seasonal employees for your holiday hiring.

#1: Encourage referrals.

Current employees are often the best source to find other great people to join your team. Add a referral incentive, and make sure each employee understands "what's in it for him" if his or her referral ends up being hired.

#2: Create powerful job descriptions.

Set aside some time to drill down to the specifics of your job openings. Lay out your expectations, as well as the skill set the applicants need to offer. A well-fleshed out job description is key to attracting the best seasonal employees, and weeding out the ones who would be a waste of time interviewing.

#3: Leverage social media.

Let your audience know you are hiring! Post job openings prominently on your social media pages, and encourage sharing. Use links to contact pages where applicants can easily upload their resumes and fill out applications.

#4: Screen every applicant.

Even though holiday hiring is not long-term, employers must still be careful to avoid dangerous hiring decisions. Perform background screening on each person before hiring to ensure they are qualified and present minimal risk to the safety of your other employees, your customers, and your reputation. A good best practice, depending on the position, is to look at criminal history and sex offenders registry. Other helpful background screening reports are employment history, assessment testing, and drug screening.

#5: Don't wait for the last minute.

Holiday hiring must begin weeks before the season kicks off. Failing to start early sets your company up to be short-staffed or settling for less than stellar holiday employees, because the good ones have been snapped up.

It's a huge endeavor to ramp up and execute a productive holiday hiring initiative, but is well worth it.

By following these five tips, you will increase your chances of bringing good, honest employees into the company, and enjoy a massively successful holiday season!

About Data Facts, Inc.

Since 1989, Data Facts, Inc. has provided clients with background screening information they trust and rely on to reach sound hiring decisions. Headquartered in Cordova, TN, the company maintains a national footprint, services clients nationally and internationally, and specializes in customized background screening solutions for a multitude of industries. Their dedication to operational excellence, advanced Applicant Tracking System integrations, and a U.S. based support team has solidified them as an industry leader.

Named “Top Workplaces of 2014” by The Commercial Appeal, Data Facts also participates in many local and national non-profit organizations and offers a “Data Facts Gives Back” program, which donates a portion of all new clients’ billing to the charity of their choice.

Data Facts is an NAPBS accredited company, certified as a women-owned diversified supplier by the WBENC, and has attained their SOC 1 and SOC 2 certification. For more information, please contact , email at info@datafacts.com or visit the company website at http://www.datafacts.com.

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