Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    How do I hire an employee? Plus red flags to avoid!

    September 8, 2011

    Quick links:

    • For reader's questions on "How much do I pay my Personal Assistant", go here
    • I'm wearing jewelry by fabulous designer, Vanessa Coppes, a Premium Member of Savor the Success! 
    • For the Craigslist posting, scroll down.

    Loose Transcript:
    Hey, it's Angela! So a lot of you know that Im on a  quest to find my perfect personal assistant and I was on the phone with my Time Millionaire coach the other day, who told me I've got a lot of great processes and steps that I should be jotting down as I go along, which will save me time down the road.

    I wanted to share my process here with you so that YOU can save a lot of time, too! I'm also going to be sharing some hoops you should be sending your potential employees through right from the start of the application process, so you can immediately knock out the people who are just not gonna work out.

    Here are the 5 steps for hiring: 

    1. Put your Ad out (see below for my Craiglist ad)

    2. Send email for Group interview (HUGE time saver!)

    3. During the group interview, narrow it down to a few candidates you'll privately interview

    4. Offer two finalists an opportunity for a day of temp work

    5. Offer the finalist of your choosing a three week trial and training during which the pay is lower-- because it's going to take a lot of your time to get them accustomed to everything they do in those few weeks.

    Here are a few things you can do right off the bat:

    -In the ad, it's important to ask the candidate to copy and paste his/her cover letter and resume directly into the email. It's about following directions; you have no idea how many people still send in their application emails with attachments! If you can't follow directions at the interview stage, consider it a Red Flag. 

    Also, the cover letter tells you so much about the applicant's passions, grammar, and commitment. Another red flag is if the person jumps from job to job. The resume will reveal whether or not this person is a 'flitterer'-- someone who hasn't held a job for over a year. You certainly don't want that kind of person on your team.

    -I also like to ask for their desired salary; if you're offering a job that pays $15 to $20 per hour, and that person wants $35 to $40, it's really not the perfect job for them. They're going to end up resenting it-- and the job- and you just dont wanna go there. 

    Those are just a few things you can do to save yourself a lot of time and heartache down the road from the get-go when hiring. 

    Next week, I document step-by-step how it all went down. Stay tuned... 


    Craigslist Posting: Love all things organic? Going green? Interested in entrepreneurship? Believe in bold dreaming?

    We are looking for someone who loves to wear many hats, enjoys selling, and likes to assist in projects.

    Your title is Personal Assistant, but there's a fun twist because it's a job that's much more exciting than getting coffee for the founder. It involves learning, growing, and personal development, too!

    Think: Personal Assistant - Receptionist - Green Beauty Guru (Sales) - Entrepreneur Advocate - Project Organizer - Founder's Ambassador

    You would be working out of our West Village boutique + spa doing admin work and assisting the founder and selling to customers. 

    You are a great fit if you excel at the following:

    Computer skills (ability in powerpoint, InDesign, photoshop, and excel a PLUS)
    Managing schedules
    Customer service
    Social media

    This is a part-time position with potential to grow into full-time with benefits if the fit is right!

    Please write a cover letter showing us why you would be perfect for this job. Include letter, resume, and desired hourly salary. Copy and paste into email, please! Emails with attachments will be immediately deleted. If passed into the second round of interviewing, you will be asked for 3 references. 

    Next week I'll be talking with you about the three types of people you do NOT want to hire... stay tuned!

    Angela Jia Kim is the founder of Om Aroma & Co., fresh organic beauty, and Savor the Success, the premium business network for women entrepreneurs.

    She is a mom, wife, author-in-the-making, entrepreneur, and former concert pianist. She splits her time between New York City and the Catskills

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