Foolproof Hiring Guide

Starting a business is no small thing. Between the required permits and licensing, finding a proper location, marketing campaigns, contracting services, and profit projections, it can be more than exhausting. Once all of this is somewhat in place, it’s time to think about hiring employees, but where to start? Should you advertise online, utilize word of mouth, or use some other method? We’ve devised a handful of full proof hiring tips that will take the guesswork out of finding employees for your business.

Slow Down
You may find yourself feeling pressure to hire an employee quickly to lessen the load you carry with your business. This pressure can cause poor decisions to be made in haste, resulting in an employee that is ill suited for the position. In the long run, it’s better to take your time and find the right person for the job that will help your business improve over time. It’s much more costly to spend unnecessary time finding a replacement down the road when your initial hire doesn’t work out.

Broad Strokes
Advertise the position in a variety of locations and through different mediums. Post the job online in multiple locations, email associates or friends that might have recommendations, and advertise in places that might attract the person you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to use unusual or unorthodox means for advertising the position.

Eyes Open
Candidates who respond to your posting represent a very small percentage of the individuals who might do well in the position. All around you are people that might be just what you’re looking for. As you go throughout your day, observe people you meet at restaurants, in line at the grocery store, or at the gym. You may just find the person you’re looking for in an unlikely place.

Ongoing List
When you find an individual that might be a good employee in the near or distant future, share this information and ask if they would be willing to give provide their contact information. Keep a document or spreadsheet with a list of these potential employees, including where you met them, how you felt about them, potential positions, and contact information. The next time you need a new employee, check your list to see if anyone fits.