Introducing: the ultimate guide to recruiting & onboarding

7 min read  |   16 March, 2022   By Aimée Brougham-Chandler

Four people are sat at a white table. Three people are at one side of the table and one person is sat alone on the other side. The person in the middle of the three colleagues is shaking the person's hand across from her. The camera view is looking down from above.

We know it’s been a difficult few years for businesses – especially SMEs.  

But it’s been great to see things looking up: there were a record-breaking 1.3m job vacancies in the UK between November 2021 and January 2022.  

But throw a ‘Great Resignation or ‘Great Reshuffle’ into the mix and recruiting new staff doesn’t seem as straightforward as it once was. 

And, according to a government report, at the start of 2021, SMEs accounted for around half of turnover in the UK private jobs sector. 

And this is why we thought we’d create a free resource to help SMEs who are facing any challenges when it comes to successfully recruiting & onboarding new team members.  

Introducing: the ultimate guide to recruiting & onboarding.  


How the ultimate guide to recruiting & onboarding can help your business 

At Breathe, we’re on a mission to help SMEs to put their people first & to reach their full potential.  

We believe it all starts with your culture, which covers all aspects of managing your people - even right from when you first meet them at the interview stage.

This is exactly why we’ve created this brand-new guide - specifically for SMEs - to help on each step of the recruitment journey, right through to onboarding your new starters.  

From creating an environment where people can ask questions, to making applicants want to work for you and selling the perks of your organisation, we look at all the important aspects of onboarding and recruitment.  


Best of all, it’s completely free to download and is yours to keep for when you might need to refer to it.  

Download now


Top tips from Breathe’s People Team 

We’re really proud of our culture and how we do things at Breathe HQ – which is why we thought we’d ask our own in-house experts for their gems of advice on all things recruitment & onboarding. 

Throughout the resource, you can expect to see tips from Breathe’s People Team – specifically selected with SMEs in mind.  

From different types of employees & contracts to writing a job description and staying compliant in your recruitment processes & avoiding discrimination– we’ve got you covered.  

We also detail top tips for onboarding new staff and provide a handy checklist for onboarding new starters.  


What’s included in the guide? 

We’ve included: 

  • Templates for you to use in your day-to-day roles, including a checklist for onboarding new starters & a template for writing job descriptions. 
  • Pointers for improving your onboarding processes & the benefits of a buddy system 
  • Prompts for an onboarding survey to receive valuable feedback 
  • How to ensure consistency when screening applicants for a job 
  • How to best help new recruits settle into their teams 
  • Advice from Breathe’s People Team – top tips on all areas of recruitment & onboarding 

We hope these tips help you to find, recruit & onboard the very best people.  


Download the resource for free  

Why not download the ultimate guide to recruiting & onboarding for SMEs for free today?  

The guide is yours to keep, so feel free to keep a copy nearby in case you want to refer back to it later. We hope you find it useful. 

Download the guide for free


Author: Aimée Brougham-Chandler

An IDM-certified Digital Copywriter (2023) & English Language & Literature graduate (BA Hons), Aimée is Breathe's Content Assistant. With 3 years' content marketing experience, Aimée has a passion for writing - and providing SME HR teams with solutions to their problems. She enjoys delving into & demystifying all things HR: from employee performance to health and wellbeing, leave to company culture & much more.

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