Where to find good people?

(HIRING Part 1 of 4)

 

In the first post I discussed where did all the good employees go? Now let’s discuss where to find good people.

I was recently driving to a college for a meeting. I had never been to this college before, so I plugged the address in my phone and used the map GPS to help guide me there.

I was driving along and noticing that I was almost there.

I turned left onto the final street when the GPS politely said “The destination is on your left.”

I looked left to find a large field with a nice white fence and horses, leading up to a nice house on the hill. Not exactly the college I was looking for?

Now what was I to do?

I drove around a bit more and finally found the college entrance…nowhere near that field.

So what does this have to do with finding good people?

When you go to hire, where do you go to find good people?

Most business owners tend to rely on only one source. The one that produced LAST time.

Well the one that produced last time might not always be the best one this time.

It’s important to have multiple ways to find good employees.

Never rely on one thing. For anything. Or you might end up in an open field with your destination not in sight.

 

So here are 4 Places To Find Good People when you are when you are ready to hire.

 

 

  1. Online Sites

This tends to be the comfort zone for most business owners.

There are several sites that you can post to and get people to apply.

Some of the most common sites include Craigslist.com ($10), Indeed.com, Monster.com, and probably your local newspaper online.

All of these sites can produce good leads for you. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. I’ve personally had good luck with both Craigslist and Indeed.com

Part 3 of this series will discuss how I take these leads and prevent them from wasting my time.

 

  1. Use a professional

Staffing companies do great work when you find the right one.

I have worked with a quality staffing company before and found great results. The candidate came pre-screened, drug tested and pre-interviewed.

The key is finding a staffing company that understands your current position need and your business. Many staffing companies look at it as another job to fill. If you don’t have the right partner in this, you’ll still waste time interviewing people that fit the description, but not your culture.

Find a staffing company that will get to know you and your business. Then let them go find the person for you. This comes at a premium, but depending on your available time, might be well worth it.

I have used Express Employment Professionals multiple times and had great success. Use a professional so you don’t miss something and waste your time.

 

  1. Antennas Up

Did you know that insects use their antennas to constantly monitor their environment?

It alerts them of threats, helps them find food and allows them to always be aware of what is going on.

I had a sales coach that would always remind me to have my “sales antenna” up. Meaning, always be prepared to talk about my business and potentially close a new deal if it was a fit for them.

The same thing is true of hiring. You have to always be recruiting (as I mentioned in Part 1). So you have to have your hiring antennas up at all time.

When you go to a retail store, do you get great service?

When you went out to eat with your spouse, did you have an amazing waiter or waitress?

If you called a local business recently, was the person on the phone extremely helpful, friendly, and of course, selling!

Always be looking for potential hires for your business. You never know who is unhappy or would welcome a change. Particularly those with family that don’t want nights, weekends, holidays or other odd hours.

Always be recruiting.

 

  1. Be a Poacher

I know poaching has a negative connotation, but it is a reality of potentially finding good people. Many businesses do have non-compete agreements, but typically only for their higher level employees.

Next time you are in need, think about who might be unhappy working with your competitor.

You aren’t looking to steal your competitors’ business, just help someone feel more satisfied coming to work each day. You might be able to better motivate and help that person. Whether it’s financially or even just in a different culture they prefer.

This helps eliminate the training process. It won’t make you the favorite person on the block.

I had to learn a long time ago that I wasn’t in business to make friends. I love having friends, but I’m in business to serve my clients and make a profit.

So in your always be recruiting mindset, you might need to look to your competitors for employees.

 

 

So there are 4 great places to find employees. Which one works best for you?

Leave a comment and let me know where you find your best employees?

In the next part, I’ll share with you how I shave hours off the hiring process and avoid the time suck of interviewing based only on resumes.

Remember to leave a comment. I’m really curious where you find your best employees!