Do you know how long it takes to hire a gardener? It can really depend on what recruitment method you go for. And whether you are self-recruiting, or using the help of an agency. One thing to keep in mind though – is that you should never rush when you are trying to hire a gardener. It is important to get the process right. Otherwise, you might end up doing it twice!
How To Start
When you have made the decision you want to hire a gardener, it can be a bit overwhelming not knowing where to start. Or how! You first want to decide whether you will be doing the recruitment process yourself. Or if you will be getting the help of a professional agency.
If time is of the essence, and you don’t want to take long in hiring a gardener. Then using a professional and reputable domestic staff agency would be advisable. An agency has done a lot of hard work for you already. Which will save you a lot of time and stress.
So you want to start with deciding the above. If you go with an agency, they should be able to explain the whole process for you. And they will guide you during every step of the way.
However, when you are self-recruiting, you want to make sure you have enough time to do so. Just make sure you are ready for the amount of work it can take. To get a job spec out there. To start going through CVs, and interviewing candidates. There is a lot more to it than people think! It is possible to hire a gardener yourself. But it will definitely take you more time – and you might not have thought of everything, that an agency automatically will do for you anyway.
What To Be Mindful Of
When you are looking to hiring a gardener, there are a couple of stages in the process you really want to be mindful with not skipping. Again, if you are trying to rush the process, it might end up going wrong.
Rushing would normally mean missing certain steps in the process. They might not seem important at the time, but it can be crucial at later stages.
Checking references can be one of those things. Once you have interviewed a gardener, and you like them, it might seem like a waste of time. You like the gardener, they seen to fit the job, so what could be the problem, right? But reference checking, albeit time-consuming, is a really crucial part of hiring any new member of staff.
Especially when you are hiring domestic staff – these people will be working in and around your house, around your family. You need to make sure they are who they say they are. And reference checking is one way of getting to the bottom of this. It gives you a chance to speak to former employers and find out how their work was, why they left, etc. Make sure to try and speak to references, instead of just getting a written reference! You have to be vigilant when it comes to these things as you do not want to risk hiring someone who is pretending to be someone they are not.
How To Speed Things Up
So you want to hire a gardener, but you really want to do it as quickly as possible. Our advise? Use an agency! It really is your safest bet. Because if you self hire, but miss any steps, you might end up having to hire again. Which will mean the whole process will have taken a lot more time after all!
An agency will already have registered, checked and vetted gardeners on their books. Ready to be presented to you. So the match can be made a lot quicker, than you going out there yourself trying to find, check and vet someone. Agencies are set up exactly for this. To give you a smooth, and efficient recruitment process from beginning to end. So if you really want to save time in the long run, this is your best bet to hire that new household gardener.
How Can Polo & Tweed Help?
Are you ready to find that new gardener? We can help! Polo & Tweed work with clients and candidates all over the world. So wherever it is you are looking for a new gardener, we will be able to help. We spend a lot of time extensively registering and vetting anyone who comes onto our books. And all of that will be done long before we will present any candidates to you. Making the recruitment process for your new gardener a quick, efficient and smooth sailing one. Why not give us a call today, to find out how we can get started for you!