9 Tips to Fill Your Contractor Position Fast & With the Best Candidate

A contractor position is an employment arrangement that doesn't require the same level of commitment on the part of the employer or the employee. These relationships are becoming more popular since it costs the employer less money and it gives the employee more freedom.


If you're new to hiring for contractor position, we're going to help you make the right moves as you ease into the swing of things. Continue reading this article to learn more about best practices for filling your contract position quickly.


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Know What You Need Before Hiring for a Contractor Position
There are different laws you have to follow when it comes to working with contractors vs. employees. These laws vary from state to state so make sure you're up on what's legal when you're working with contractors.

1. Write a Clear Job Description & Relationship Definition

One of the most important parts of the hiring process and making sure everyone has a clear understanding of the position and the new contractor's relationship with the company. The longer and more in-depth you can make the job description, the more likely it is that you're going to attract the right people.

If you're spending time sifting through the wrong candidates, it's going to take you more time to hire the right people. If you aren't great at writing, you might decide to hire a copywriter so you can use the professional copy to hire any time that you need someone for the same work.

2. Create an Independent Contractor Agreement

You shouldn't try to bring anyone on before you create an independent contractor agreement. This agreement will protect you and it will make things much clearer to the contractor so there is no miscommunication.

3. Determine If They Fit Your Workplace Culture

When you narrow down the list of candidates, think about whether the independent contractor fits your workplace culture or not. Many times these contractors interact with your employees in some way and you don't want bad habits spilling over to your in-house teams. 

4. Go Beyond Traditional Recruiting Methods

Everyone is posting on job boards which makes it difficult for you to find the best talent. Good talent can be hard to find but you can make it easier when you think outside of the box.

You could reach out to people that work in career counseling or business coaching to see if you can find people that are looking for contractor work. Since they can recommend you as a client, this makes it much easier for people to choose to work with you.

5. Use Your Current Staff

Your staff knows your business and likely is friends with other people that do similar things. You can use your current staff to find good candidates for your contractor position. If you are doing a contractor to employee path, you could include this with the offer so they know there is an opportunity for a full-time position if that is what they are looking for.

6. Open Yourself to Less Likely Options

When you want to hire quickly, you might need to ease up on your filter a little bit. If you see a red flag on someone's resume -- think outside the box. Maybe they can explain what happened at this time in their life and they need a break.

When you're working with contractors, there are fewer responsibilities to this relationship. If they don't work out, you're not going to have a hard time getting rid of them.

7. Make a Yes or No Decision Quickly

When you're going through the interview process, make a yes or no decision quickly. If you find someone you think could be a good fit, don't wait. Good talent is snapped up quickly so by the time you make a decision, they might be too busy if you wait a long time.

8. Build Your Brand

When you want to secure the best independent contractors, you should focus on building your brand. When people know and like your company, you'll have a lot of people that want to work with you. 

Imagine being able to fill the job as soon as it opens because you have a line of highly qualified people that want to work with your brand.

Spending time working on your brand while you're hiring and even when you're not is going to make your job a lot easier. Building your brand needs to be done on both fronts -- for the workers and for the customers.

9. Recruit to Retain

Recruiting can get expensive when you have to keep training people over and over again and they keep leaving. When you're recruiting, keep in mind that you want to form a good relationship with these contractors.

Using tools like a vendor management system can help you keep your records straight so you know what is going on and who is doing what. The more organized you are, the easier it will be to retain your new talent. People that are working as independent contractors are self-disciplined and organized and they appreciate it when you are as well.

Even if you don't plan on needing these people for long-term work, you want to keep a good relationship in case the needs for their talent arises again.

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