How to Hire Quality Painters for Your Painting Business

One of the most important tasks for business owners is hiring quality employees. For painting contractors, this requires due diligence during the hiring process to ensure you have a staff that you can trust. The hiring process can be tedious, but investing in hiring right will have long-term benefits for your painting business.

If you are struggling to implement an effective hiring process, consult a business coach from Painter’s Academy. Our team has years of experience in the painting industry and can provide crucial insight into implementing efficient hiring protocol. Here are some helpful tips on how to hire quality painters for your painting business.

Craft a Well-Written Job Post to Cover All Your Bases

Every hiring process starts with creating a job posting. A well-written job description is likely to yield a candidate pool of the most qualified individuals, perhaps making it the most important step. Usually, there are three key elements to a job posting:

  • Job title: This is the first thing candidates will see when they click on your job posting. As such, it’s important to create a specific job title that reflects the role. It’s best to avoid generic titles, such as “painter.” Zero in on the job you are hiring for, such as paint crew leader, manager, or staff painter.
  • Job description: In your job description, you’ll want to clearly outline the duties that are expected in the position you’re hiring for. Be sure to include all the daily responsibilities someone in the position would be expected to perform.
  • Required skills and experience: Lastly, you’ll want to outline the skills and experience of your ideal candidate. This will help narrow down the pool to include only the candidates with the experience outlined in the posting.

Getting a clear picture of what should be included in these three elements will help ensure that only the candidates with relevant experience apply for your job, which can help minimize time sorting through applications.

Post Your Listing on Various Platforms

In order to get your job in front of as many qualified candidates as possible, you’ll want to post it on a variety of platforms. In general, recruitment sites, your company’s careers page, and social platforms are good ways to get your job in front of a lot of eyes.

  • Social media platforms. Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn are all great platforms for posting jobs. Applicants can either apply directly on the platform or you could link to the job posting on your website.
  • The careers page on your website. You can also consider placing a “we are hiring” banner next to your webpage to encourage people to apply.
  • Job and recruitment websites. If you don’t have a careers page on your website—or even if you do—recruitment sites are a great and fast way for finding potential employees.

Screen Applicants and Select Finalists for Interviews

After you create and post a job listing, it’s likely you’ll receive a handful of applications. You’ll probably want to screen applicants and weed out individuals who don’t meet your criteria. Brief phone interviews are a great way to quickly learn about a candidate to decide whether they are a good applicant to push forward in the hiring process. Hearing an applicant’s responses to some basic questions can generally give you a good sense of their personality and experience.

Once you have selected a couple of finalists, you can begin to conduct in-person or video chat interviews. Be prepared with questions that will test your applicant’s ability to handle various aspects of the position. In the end, follow your gut and choose the person whose ability and personality are best aligned with the values and needs of your company. If you want to go the extra mile, you can conduct reference and background checks to ensure you didn’t miss anything in the hiring process.

Contact the Business Coaches at Painter’s Academy

Many painting contractors are reluctant to invest time and resources in the hiring process. Often, this results in unreliable employees that can negatively affect your company’s reputation. Taking the time to ensure the reliability and work ethic of potential employees will have big rewards for your business in the long run.

If you are a painter that is struggling to figure out the best hiring strategies for your business, the marketing professionals at Painter’s Academy are here to help. With over 13 years of experience helping painting businesses grow, our team has the expertise to take your business to the next level. Our services have a proven track record of helping painters develop sustainable revenue streams that provide profitable returns.

If you want to expand your painting business, call today at (423) 800-0520 or fill out our online contact form.

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