If you're doing everything from answering the phones to charting the future course of your business, chances are you could use some good employees. Recruiting the best employees helps you:
- Grow your business by having some employees devoted to single functions, like sales or technical support
- Save money. After all, efficient employees get more done in less time!
- Keep your customers happy by having a good employee always available to take care of their needs.
Recruit onlineTaking your hunt for employees online will help you reach more people in less time, and is also great for attracting computer-savvy applicants.
Use ye olde fashioned classified adsMany job searchers, especially for less technical positions, still read the classified want ads in their local newspapers and industry trade journals.
Go back to schoolUniversities and trade schools churn out skilled grads who are now looking for work.
Hire a tempHiring a temporary employee from a temp agency lets you get extra help only when you need it — and also lets you test out employees before hiring them full-time.
Be in good formWhen you interview and hire an employee, you'll need a full arsenal of forms and checklists. And when you need to reject an applicant, you should send him or her a nice letter. Being rejected is no fun, so why not soften the blow? (Also, you never know if you'll want to contact the applicant again in the future, so it pays to be nice.)
- Before paying to post an ad on a job site, check out the current job postings and resumes to make sure that the type of people you're looking to hire use the site.
- Be creative. Fun, descriptive job ads pull a better response than dry ones.
- Test out different job recruiting techniques to find the ones that work best for you. You may have more luck with online recruiting or with your newspaper classifieds. Why spend money when you don't have to?
- Treat job applicants with respect. You wouldn't like to be left hanging, so don't do it to anyone else.