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.