8 Helpful Places to Find Potential Employees

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If you’ve never hired an employee — or if you find the task tedious — never fear! There are websites and tools designed to make the work so much easier.

Below are some of the best websites out there for everything related to hiring. Not only will you save time and money on the recruitment process, but you’ll also find the most talented candidates out there.

1. LinkedIn

We’d be remiss if we didn’t start the list with this giant. Not only does LinkedIn help you browse the profiles of qualified professionals in your area, but you can even post your job there. The applications that come through LinkedIn tend to be more qualified than some of the job boards out there.

2. HireVue

Not every company is hiring locally. If you’re expanding your virtual team, HireVue can help you with the interview process. You can “meet” face-to-face via webcam and record your interview so you can go back and review it with colleagues later. Can’t do that in real time!

3. Niche Job Boards

Sure, you can post your job on Monster and CareerBuilder, but those are pretty generic in the job seekers they attract. Instead, look for job boards that focus on your industry, like Dice for technology or Hoojobs for PR. The more niched the job board, the better the quality of applications you will receive.

4. Elance

If you just need a freelancer and not a full-time employee, Elance is a great place to look for one. Browse categories like marketing, writing and IT or post your job and let professionals come to you.

5. Social Media

Your social profiles are also great places to put the word out that you’re hiring. You can also use them to search for people talking about your industry and scout them out as potential job candidates.

6. Your Website

It should be obvious, but with so many other places to post jobs, many businesses forget to use what’s right under their noses: their company website. Here you can post your job description (for free) and link to it from your social profiles.

7. Grovo

While you’ll need to do some training on-site, if you want your new employees to learn specific software systems, Grovo is a great place to do so. There are tutorials on how to use platforms like Hootsuite, HubSpot, and Basecamp, and you can get reports to see where your employees are thriving and where they need more help.

8. Litmos

If you’d rather create your own training courses, Litmos provides the platform to do so. With this tool, you record the videos and set up the training materials. Then your staff can access them from anywhere.

With so many tools available to help the hiring process along, your job as a small business owner becomes a breeze.

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Melinda Emerson Melinda Emerson, known to many as "SmallBizLady," is a Veteran Entrepreneur, Small Business Coach and Social Media Strategist who hosts #Smallbizchat for emerging entrepreneurs on Twitter. She is also the author of, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.

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  1. I would add networking events. People who are on the lookout for a better gig are often the most active with their networking. Get out and meet them where they’re at (and while they’re not at work).

  2. Our company uses linkeidn and our own website actively and they do give good results, Though, niche job boards are great and helpful too, you just have to choose them wisely

  3. It is true that social networking sites are helping a great deal in finding potential employees. But it is also important to keep an eye on the new employees or proper details need to be taken before they are on-board.

  4. One of the most obvious is the local newspaper, many having special business sections for posting of job openings. Another obvious source is the local department of labor outlet. This organization has taken and is continuing to improve on getting people to use their services. In today’s environment with so many people out of work it is a requirement to receive unemployment to search for viable employment.
    Beyond the places to find potential employees is a bigger issue of how to qualify candidates. Too many small to mid-size companies are abysmal in how to qualify, interview, and select the proper candidate. Also with the health care situation, more companies are going the 1099, subcontractor route, which is more viable and more candidates are interested in this type of association.

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    BTW, the link to Litmos is broken.