By: Michael | Published: November 18, 2010 | Filed under: Small Business Human Resources
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One of the biggest obstacles just about any small business faces is finding qualified employees to work for them. For a small business, you may only have one or two employees aside from yourself; therefore the employees you hire need to be quality ones. It can be difficult to know where to look for these qualified individuals to work for your company. Though it may be tempting to just hire friends and family, it is often better to look outside of your realm of personal contacts and take on employees professionally that you do not have any personal relationship with. This guide discusses ways a small business owner can find qualified employees without spending a lot of money in the process.
There are a lot of sites that allow business owners to post their job offers for free. These sites can include CraigsList.com, MSNCareers.com, or local newspaper agencies that have free websites. By utilizing a job board, employees come to you. They will submit their resumes, cover letters and expertise. You can weed out the ones that do not qualify and interview those that seem to.
Another way to post your available employment positions are through local colleges, high schools, and specialized training schools. Most of these locations will have job boards where employers can post their available positions for free. There are even programs at most specialized training schools that offer employers to sign up and have personalized placement with their graduates. It can be a win-win situation for the employer and the graduating student. These placement programs can require the employer to pay the school a “finders fee” to use their service, while some schools do it free of charge.
As a local small business, you can benefit from the use of government training programs as well. At these training programs, employers can post their available jobs for free and job counselors will help direct individuals to the right employer. If you are interested in finding local government training programs near your business, visit www.doleta.gov. There you can find a complete list of training programs and job boards that are open to local businesses.
Utilize an Employment Agency
In the event your company does not have the time or resources to hire, you can sign up with an employment agency instead. These companies will do the head hunting for you. That includes testing, interviews, reviewing references, etc. Then the individuals chosen by your agency will be sent to you for a final interview and approval. The only catch is that employment agencies are not free. Often they will take a finders fee for their service or charge companies an upfront service fee to hire on their behalf. Employment agencies will also take care of running credit checks and background checks prior to approving them into their service. This can be beneficial for the business owner that does not have the time or funds to do so themselves and especially for the small business who needs quality employees on limited funds.
Hiring employees can be a daunting task, especially for a small business. Finding the most qualified and well-suited employees are a task for just about any size business. By utilizing the resources at hand, both free and paid services, you can find the right employees that will suit your business.
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