Build Your Team by Creating a Recruiting Challenge

May 13, 2022

Recruiting is a challenge for most businesses.  For many, it’s always been a challenge but there’s never been a time when it’s been more of an issue.  At a time like this, you need a plan – Have you ever considered creating a recruiting challenge to build your team?

Build Your Team by Creating a Recruiting Challenge

A recruiting challenge can help you find creative recruitment ideas to build your team, giving you maximum exposure and helping you better understand which recruitment methods work well for your business.

As with most business efforts, you'll want to set goals within a time frame so that you can measure the progress and efficiency of this fun and creative challenge. I recommend you involve your team in daily recruitment activities for at least a month and then review what you learned.

Here are some highly effective recruiting ideas to start you off on the right foot.

Employee Referral Program

It isn't uncommon for existing employees to know like-minded people. You can start an employee referral program, incentivize them to recruit good candidates, and reward them for each new hire that results from their referrals.

Signing Bonus

Signing bonuses are an age-old recruitment technique that works well. They may even be complemented with retention bonuses, especially for industries with relatively high employee turnover rates.

Post on Social Media (Digital Marketing)

These days, social media is essential to nearly all aspects of business, and recruitment is no different. You can post job openings on your business and personal accounts and pages, explore other options on social media platforms, or hire a digital marketing expert to help you market your jobs online.

Platforms like Google Adwords and Facebook campaigns go a long way to help you find the right candidates for recruitment.

Directly Recruit From Online Recruitment Platforms

There are several online websites and platforms like, where you can search resumes and find suitable candidates. A 5-minute daily search on the Indeed Resume Search subscription service can be a great source of candidates.

Ask Clients for Referrals

Your clients (referral partners like agents, adjusters, plumbers, and property managers) and the end-users (homeowners and business owners you are helping with restoration work) are a huge part of your business network, and you shouldn't be afraid to ask them for referrals.

Contact University Recruitment Departments, Temp Agencies and Trade Schools

University recruitment departments and temp agencies are great places to find new candidates for most entry-level jobs and certain specialized jobs.

Other Options

There are plenty more ideas to explore, including:

  • Recruit past employees
  • Record and post employee testimonials
  • Run employment ads - Refresh them regularly
  • Polish your ad copy and make it fun!
  • Hand out recruiting business cards
  • Magnet on your trucks
  • Hang a sign or banner on your building
  • Recruit retired military using
  • What else can you and your team come up with in a brainstorming session?


It is always a great idea to involve your team in this creative challenge, as this can encourage some out-of-the-box thinking. Your team may bring forth recruitment ideas that you may have overlooked and not even considered.

You can incentivize them and turn it into a fun competition by offering a prize for the person who brings in the most candidates or the first person responsible for bringing in a new hire. Remember not to limit yourself, and keep an open mind when considering ideas.

If you want to learn more about building your team by creating a recruitment challenge, or if you are considering getting some help from a restoration business coach, book a call with me and we’ll have a conversation.

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