The recruitment and induction section of this website has been written by a recruitment consultant.  This was made possible through a partnership project between Boston College and Lincolnshire County Council, funded by the European Union and the Skills Funding Agency. By providing this information, we are not neccessarily advocating a 'Do-it-Yourself' approach.  We want to help would-be employers understand that following a good recruitment process, (whether you do it yourself, or pay a specialist recruiter) will result in a much more successful outcome.

Attracting, selecting and appointing suitable candidates to one or more vacancies that you have available in your business takes time if you are going to get the right person for the job.

Ahead of advertising a vacancy (permanent or temporary) you should give some thought to defining the job requirements and a person specification (i.e. what the 'right' person may have in terms of experience, qualifications, skills and qualities).

After the individual has joined the organisation you should consider providing an induction, to help the new employee understand what is required of them and what you want them to do.

You might also consider choosing individuals for unpaid positions, such as voluntary roles or work experience.

You can undertake the recruitment yourself, or you can choose to pay a commercial recruitment agency to do it for you. Alternatively you could pay an Employment Agency to provide you with someone for a period of time without having to employ them directly through your own business.

The use of internet-based services and technology to support all aspects of recruitment activity has become widespread, ranging from recruitment agencies sourcing candidates through online job boards and social media, or human resource professionals using assessment or job simulation programs as part of the selection process.

There are many commercial (general and specialist) recruitment agencies and employment agencies offering services to help you find a suitable new employee.

Job Centre Plus offer a free recruitment service for businesses, so that they can help those currently out of work find a job. For more information see