Where can I find the right staff and/or interns to hire?
I'm all about grassroots operations, but I'm at the point where I really need reliable help. How do I find the support I need without breaking the bank before we even get off the ground?
I too have a difficult time finding good staff in our area...no one wants to work...I am tired of reviewing the contracts from employee search companies that over charge for their services...so the best for me is to search Craigslist for those that post looking for employment.
You should try the HRDC, and employment counselling agencies who has large banks of lay off and new comers to Canada profiles. These are free profiles from which you will get some good candidates.
Also, you can try some community colleges such as Humber or Sheredon they have some good profile who are looking for candidates in career change or second career.
These are resources you could use it without doing daytime bank robbery.
You know what I mean.
Great, and good luck.
Great question Krystal. There are three places that are the best:
1. LinkedIn - This is where the professionals are that are eager to work, are friends if friends and easy to reach through sending a post to your connections.
2. Universities - Reach out to the career centers. They will point you in the right directions. But note that they are hesitant to recommend interns with smaller companies, depending on the school.
3. Craigslist - It is inexpensive and reaches a large audience. Like all of the above, make sure you have a great hiring system to vet the best candidates.
Hope this helps! Reach out to me if you would like more assistance going through this process.
Coach David Brownlee
The Brownlee Group
DavidBrownlee dot com
I agree with two previous posters: determine exactly what you are looking for, and work with freelancers/contract workers first.
In addition to local colleges, have you looked at any of the job seeker or recruiter groups on LinkedIn? You may find some useful individuals that way!
When i am in need of an intern, i first go to facebook and then linkedin. You first need to define what you expect from your intern. I check out facebook and linkedin groups and post my job there. After receiving emails from candidates, i do a 1 on 1 either virtual or in person and then pick the best ones. The pro of this approach is you get to know future candidates, it is also even small a free advertisement. Con of this is it can be a bit time consuming.
Simple answer, right in your own back yard. Many people who share your passion might just be right next to you but many business owners never see them because they think those right next to them is family or friends. You have a vision, which is why you probably went in the direction you are going, and there are people within your own community who may have had a similar vision that will bring as much passion to your endeavor as you. These are the ones we need to surround ourselves with. If you wish to soar with the eagles, you cannot hang out with penguins. A degree is lovely but if you are looking for the right staff, you need a different kind of degree than you get from sitting in a classroom, you need a degree in passion. For your interviews, stop asking what someone did at their last job because that may not have anything to do with where you see your company going. Explain your vision for your company to them and ask them to tell you what they see, if this matches up or you feel the passion for it similar to yours, then you just found the right staff.
There are many social network platforms that you can post on + local colleges and universities are great sources for interns.
The best place to find qualified interns at a reasonable cost is your local university. They all have career centers with a wealth of qualified undergrad and graduate students.
Look for someone with passion for the subject.
If someone loves what he or she does, the money isn´t an issue. Also he will be waking up with a smile and can´t wait to get the job done, which will make the person reliable.
So you are looking for someone with that qualification. It worked for wikipedia and here in this forum as well. ;)
What kind of grassroots operations are you ? For profit or not for profit ? If you are not for profit consider implementing a volunteer program. If you are a for profit operation then consider offering a % of your business in return for specialist advice and expertise.
Certainly I am happy to provide any feedback to best assist you. I have not looked at your profile. What type of business are you attempting to staff? For what positions and purpose? The answer not only will allow me to address your question more directly, you may also find a few potentials right here. There are many here, on Linkedin and other professional networks for whom their current positions lack the proper environment for them to thrive to their full potential. Barring that, however with more specific information I may be able to direct you to environments you may not have thought of.
It depends upon your exact need of expertise,experience & of course package you designed.I think honesty & loyalty must be given top priority in the selection process.Technical & other training/s can be imparted as per need of your organization.
For interns,you past advertisement on the notice board of colleges and universities of your local areas,and for hiring permanent staff post advertisement in local area news paper and local radio and TV channels.
You might try a college jobs board especially if you are doing something that they can get scholastic credit for.
There are firms that provide affordable interim management/help that allows you to get off the ground, to fine tune your structure and leave it all ready for whoever is chosen to continue. Our firm is one of them.
Why are you looking on-line why not the local colleges, where are you located? I can help if you need it.
Having read your profile Krystle it aounds like you're either fishing for work here or perhaps trying to gain insight into the challenges in the market place. Is this the case?
There a few steps you can take to ensure you will find the key role player that you need to fulfill you business needs before searching:
1. Define the Key Role Player the is ideal for your business needs.
2. Define the work you want them to perform.
3. Develop a job description.
4. Consider the skills needed.
5. Consider internal and external capabilities and requirements. (If virtual consider technologies, communications, and collaboration requirements)
6. Then perform a search for the Key Role Player. (Note that if a Key Role Player can handle entry level task then consider interns or entry level individuals)
7. Consider networking with universities, colleges or technical schools for interns.
8. Post an intern level position on job boards, etc.
9. Consider if the Key Role Plays location requirements.
10. Consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
11. Consider all risk, obstacles, and potential challenges you may face when hiring.
12. Consider all legal implications that may affect you budget and business.
13. Consider your budget if any available.
14. Consider if you need to perform a background check.
Although these are tedious task it may help you to avoid potential issues in the future.
Let me know if you have more questions.
I agree with comments about it really depends–on what you're trying to do, where you are, etc.
Beyond that, I'd say focus on the network that you already have. You've got business contacts, you've got friends, you may have a college alumni association, former teachers, etc. Those people might be able to help you make the connections for what you need. You can also make connections at meetups and networking events. (Or find help at resources mentioned in others' answers.)
But again, without knowing more about your situation, it's hard to answer your questions.
Go to your local chamber of commerce, universities and S.C.O.R.E. offices and see what resources they have.