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Business Employment Recruiting Techniques

Some pointers and food for thought for business owners in need of finding good help.

One of the most frustrating parts of running a business for many business owners and manager is finding the right employees. A vacancy opening usually leads to plenty of applicants, but finding the candidate that not only possesses the right combination of skills, experience and education as well as has important qualities as teamwork, initiative and loyalty can be a difficult task to manage. When faced with the prospect of recruiting new employees, there are a variety of ways that you can go about it. One of the most common ways to approach the matter is to post classified listings and help-wanted signs; however, you should be aware that this method has its disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages of this method is that it will generally net a wider range of applicants than you might have in mind. This means that you're going to need to spend quite a bit of time going through resumes and applications, weeding out those applicants who do not meet your minimum skill and experience requirements. Employment services are a good middle of the road method to use if you are working on a limited recruiting budget, but feel the need to cut down on the amount of screening time involved in the recruitment process. These services range from free options that are typically offered through state employment offices to private for-fee services. A few of the services you can take advantage of through these options include having the agency receive and screen the applications for you to having them actually conduct preliminary interviews. If you would like to better ensure that you receive a pool of candidates who are more likely to meet your minimum requirements, it may be time to consider a recruiting service. Although you will generally pay more for these types of services, many managers and business owners feel it is well worth it; especially when hiring for management and executive positions. Recruitment firms can handle everything from conducting initial screening to background checks as well as aptitude tests. Statistics indicate that hiring and terminating an employee can actually cost thousands of dollars above and beyond the employee's actual salary due to costs associated with lost training, hiring a replacement, etc. One of the ways that you can limit the possibility of loss is to consider using a temporary employment service to hire employees, at least for the first 90 days. The temporary service will handle everything for you from actually hiring the employee to handling their salary so that you can concentrate on other matters. At the end of the agreed upon time period you can make a determination as to whether you want to transition the employee over onto your own payroll.

Author:Aaron Crawford Category:Human Resources Published:15-Sep-2005 Tags: business recruiting