Hiring Tips for Small Business
September 1, 2009
Finding the right candidate for a position is hard enough, but hiring for a small business presents additional challenges. What strategies can small businesses use to attract the best and the brightest? When it comes to hiring new employees, small businesses have traditionally struggled to compete with larger firms. A small business might not have the resources or time to devote to a large-scale recruitment process, and it may also lack a human resources department to take on the brunt of the work. But with recent layoffs among major companies and the shift toward an employer's market in the world of job-hunting, now may be the best time for a small business to secure the best candidates. According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.com
- Use personal contacts. Some of the best candidates may not even be looking for a new job, but if you can leverage a personal connection with them through an associate, customer or even competitor, it may be an excellent way to attract them to your company.
- Accept referrals. When a trusted colleague or friend recommends someone for a position, use their judgment as validation to pursue the candidate.
- Purchase professional help. Although it may be expensive, hiring an employment agency or search firm can be worth the price if they secure an excellent employee for you.
- Consider a temp. It's not unusual for temporary employees to prove themselves capable of filling a role full-time, so hiring on a short-term basis may lead to long-term results.
- Target your advertising. When posting job openings, try to target outlets, such as trade publications or Web sites, that seem appropriate for the sort of the candidate you're looking for.