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?
You might try a college jobs board especially if you are doing something that they can get scholastic credit for.
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.
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.
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.
There are many social network platforms that you can post on + local colleges and universities are great sources for interns.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.