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What are the best websites for small business owners to use to recruit awesome employees?
Looking for qualified employees for your small business can seem like looking for a needle in a haystack. You probably don’t have an HR director to help you, nor do you have a lot of time in your busy day to spend weeding through résumés.
But because your staff is small, the candidate you choose to hire can make a huge difference in the success of your business. The following websites can help you find rockstar employees in a variety of different categories.
LinkedIn’s strength is its ability to target “passive” jobseekers—those who aren’t actively looking for a job but are willing to consider a better opportunity if it presents itself. And with over 500 million members, the sheer numbers make this site a good bet.
When you post a job on LinkedIn, the site puts your listing in front of relevant candidates and provides a list of up to 50 candidates suited for the job. The cost of each posting varies depending on the geographic location. You also have the option to pay per click, so you only pay based on how many people click on your ad. (You do need a LinkedIn Company Page with a Careers page on it to post job ads.)
Of course, you can also use LinkedIn to search for prospective “passive” candidates in your industry and reach out to see if they’re interested. This works best if you’re already active on LinkedIn and fairly familiar with relevant industry and trade groups so you’re not starting from scratch.
If you’re looking to recruit IT employees, Dice.com is the place to be. A single job post costs $395 and promotes your listing on 3,000 partner sites, as well as Dice.com, for 30 days. You can pay more for Premium Posts, which stay up for 60 days, refresh every week, and appear higher in results.
Dice.com also has a variety of premium services including a Sourcing Concierge and recruiting services, as well as Open Web, its social hiring platform that pulls data about tech candidates from more than 180 social platforms to give you a deeper view into job candidates’ skills.
Are you looking for an entry-level employee or intern for a job that requires a college degree?
You can advertise a position on College Recruiter for $250 for 30 days. Students and recent grads of more than 7,400 colleges and universities use the site to look for internships, part-time jobs, seasonal work, and entry-level career opportunities.
One caveat: College Recruiter is primarily used by larger companies that need to hire dozens or even hundreds of graduates. If you’re just looking for one or two job candidates, you might be better off working with your local community colleges and professional or trade schools.
Find out what types of job websites they have and if there is a charge to list jobs. You might even be able to develop an ongoing relationship with a local school. For example, I used to work with a local art/design college when I needed to hire graphic designers.
No matter how carefully you craft your job description, posting on bigger job boards often delivers more candidates than you need—90% of them are not qualified for the position. That’s where industry-specific job boards come in handy. You can find job boards for industries ranging from liquor distributors to horticulture and sports.
Check out this list of more than 100 industry-specific job boards, including jobs in startups, technology, financial, non-profit, retail, construction, healthcare, and restaurants.
You’re sure to find one for your industry—and you can feel confident jobseekers on these boards actually have some experience, or at least interest in, your industry.
When you’re looking for hourly employees, you usually need them ASAP. Snagajob is the place to be.
This job search site for hourly employees has more than 80,000 registered jobseekers and a robust mobile app. Jobs post immediately, and if you can’t wait for applications to roll in, you can sort through local job seeker profiles and invite them to apply. You can also filter and manage applications, schedule interviews and more, directly from your Snagajob account, so you can easily keep track of candidates.
The Starter account costs $89/month for one job posting. Or you could go with the Starter Plus, for just $10 more. That gives you access to a Personality Assessment tool and posts your jobs on 10 top jobs boards in addition to Snagajob.
Flexjobs targets job seekers looking for what it calls TRaD—telecommuting, remote, and distributed—professional jobs. Request an invitation, and after Flexjobs vets your business to make sure it’s a legitimate job offer, you can join for free. Members can post an unlimited amount of job openings and search nearly 90,000 candidates, all for free.
You can post jobs from entry-level to executive, locally or internationally. The only unifying factor is your jobs need to be flexible.
You can place job ads on Facebook, but you don’t have to in order to attract potential candidates. Ask your employees to post on their personal Facebook pages that your company is hiring, include a few words about the position, and ask anyone who’s interested to contact them privately.
Then, have employees pass any interested parties on to you. You can even offer a “finder’s fee” to any employee who finds a new hire that makes it through your probationary period.