Build a business with the right attitude towards teamwork, the right team and it will be unstoppable. And, with the right team in place, your achievements are limited only by the imagination.

Recruitment is the first step, and the ideal place to start scouting for star players is at home. But before assembling the team it is necessary to know the mission and purpose of the business. Recruiting the best quarterback in NFL history will be little help if what the team really needs is receivers who know how to catch the ball or running backs to add a ground game to the aerial attack.

But, don’t ignore the social networks – especially LinkedIn. You can often find the precise skills you need. Even better if they’re employed because chances are, they’re in demand. After all, when you’re looking for new talent to add to your team, who would you prefer someone who didn’t make the cut and is currently seeking work or someone who is the very best at what they do?

Too often, owners will choose their employees for their individual talents without giving consideration to how their skillsets will integrate into the company’s bigger picture. Quite often, I’ve seen employers hire employees before they themselves, know what their own company’s core values and vision for the future are.

Before even creating a job application form or placing the first advertisement to announce employment
opportunities, know your core values, unique selling proposition (USP) and your vision and mission.

The blind leading the blind is a surefire recipe for failure, so smart and success-oriented entrepreneurs are always paying close attention to the building blocks of their business. Defining the focus of your efforts and then continually refining it as goals are met and future strategies evolve is a process that delivers value at every level of the operation.

So before recruiting employees your first focus is to promote yourself. Evaluate how your business will operate. Define (or redefine) your role as a Manager. Fully come to grips with your business’ overall vision.

We get what we ask for and until we know what we want (and why) there is no point in spending time (or
money) hiring employees. The first and most important step in recruitment is, therefore, to craft a powerful vision statement.