It's always a challenge to find good employees. Most employers feel that employee referrals are often the best source for qualified candidates. Some even offer a small employee incentive for the referrals that are hired and stay with the firm for 3 months or more. Referrals are a great idea if you don't have a full time human resources department or spare management time for interviews. They also work well if you need to hire special skills really quick.
Another avenue you can try is your industry trade association. They may have an online job board or an email newsletter where you can post your job opening. For little or no cost, this ensures that you look at the best qualified people without having to sift through tons of irrelevant resumes. You may even be able to post the job listing anonymously.
Depending on the nature of the job, you may also find Craig's List (www.craigslist.com) to be a great resource. This is especially true for entry level jobs, attracting a younger workforce, or even for temp positions.
Here are some other online job boards to consider:
- www.dice.com (for tech jobs)
- www.idealist.com (for association or non-profit jobs)
There is usually a nominal fee for posting jobs to these websites. Don't forget, you can also add a "Careers" or "Jobs" section to your own website.
The trick about hiring is starting with the right job description. Be specific about the skills you are looking for. Don't put all your wish list items in there. If you have budget constraints, put the salary in the ad. This will allow candidates to self select which will save you a lot of guesswork and time.