After developing a solid job description and knowing the compensation structure you’ll be offering, it’s time to let people know about your open position. Don’t worry if you are a small office or looking to hire your very first employee. You can attract talented employees—you just need to know where to look. Below are some of the most successful methods for finding new employees.
Post, Post, Post!
When you have an open position within your company, your first step should always be to post the details of the job on your website and social media pages. Post it anywhere and everywhere you’re online. Social media (LinkedIn in particular) has become a go-to spot for prospective employees to find job openings, so you can’t afford to miss out by not posting.
Tap into Your Network
Discuss the position and the type of employee you want with everyone in your network! If you have existing employees, encourage them to tell friends and family about the position. You may even want to consider offering a referral bonus to staff members who help you to hire. Ask colleagues, and even clients, for recommendations, and spread the word to any charities, professional organizations or community groups in which you participate. You might be surprised by the response you receive.
Consider Local Universities
If you have colleges nearby, contact the schools’ career counseling offices and provide them with your job description and salary range. You can attract recent graduates and alumni looking for new positions.
Use Traditional Methods
Sometimes, traditional methods endure for a reason, and prospective employees do still look at the old standbys for potential jobs:
Job posting websites
When an individual is looking for a job, they will be active on the job boards. Top sites to consider using include:
• Simply Hired
If you’re looking for support staff and your need is immediate, you may want to consider using a temporary agency. By doing so, you can satisfy your immediate need and get to see how an individual works in your office. If you really like the individual, you can decide to bring them on full time after they have worked with you for a certain period of time. If you don’t have the time or inclination to search for new employees on your own, and want access to more than the unemployed, consider paying a professional search firm. They will source passive, and often higher quality candidates, assist you with coordinating the interview process, debriefing with the candidates, ensuring that your offer is accepted and with the transition of the new employee onto your staff.
Whichever methods you choose to use for your employee search, remember that starting with a strong company identity, realistic and thorough job description, and competitive salary will help you bring in the talent you desire.