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Learn2 Hire Employees (continued)
Step 3: Advertise the position

Where you post the position depends on whom you want to attract. If you're posting a variety of positions, you may want to stagger them so you aren't swamped with applications all at once. Here are some possible resources:

Your own business. In some cases, advertising the position is as simple as putting a "Help Wanted" sign in the window. If you have any current employees who want to change their position (and are qualified to do so), be sure to run the openings by them first.

Your peers. Ask friends or colleagues if they can recommend someone suitable for the job. (Be careful about hiring acquaintances, though--friendship and business don't always mix.)

Publications. Advertising in newspaper and magazine classifieds is probably the most traditional search method, and is an effective option. Your space will be limited in these venues, and cost can vary quite a bit, from a few dollars in a small town paper to thousands for a national magazine. Don't forget specialty publications: your industry (or the particular trade you're searching for) may put out papers and magazines.

Online. With its ever-growing volume of users, the Internet is a great place to post your ad and look for candidates. You should be able to find several suitable job posting sites, from local to national, general to trade-specific, some for a fee, some for free. Many of these sites also carry information from job seekers (such as resumes and work samples).

Schools and colleges. School publications and job placement offices are a great place to find bright, eager employees for entry-level positions. Be sure to take their interests into account so they can grow with the company. Additionally, schools are terrific resources for seasonal help.

Employment agencies. These range from general to specific in their job focus, and usually require a finder's fee as well as a percentage of the person's salary for the first year. They do, however, take care of the drudgery of screening applicants, and sometimes provide a venue (like a convention) to meet a large number of qualified individuals, saving you even more time. Just remember that many of them get applicants from running an ad in the paper or recruiting online--easy enough for you to do too.

Recruiters. Professional recruiters can be costly (paid in a similar way to employment agencies) but they're also the most thorough in their research and cast the widest net. Generally, businesses use recruiters for higher-end positions.

Professional employer organizations (PEOs). These are human resource specialists that go far beyond recruiting and selecting possible employees. They can also take care of training, payroll, benefits, government compliance, and employer liability.

Government agencies. Depending on your needs, many agencies have great records. These agencies can be a useful source for filling all types of occupations, from manual to technical to managerial positions.

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Step 1: Assess your needs
Step 2: Write a job description
Step 3: Advertise the position
Step 4: Review the applications
Step 5: Develop interview questions
Step 6: Interview candidates
Step 7: Narrow your choices
Step 8: Check references