When it comes to running a small business finding the right team members to help expand can be difficult. Large companies have the luxury of big budgets and hiring managers at their disposal. However, if you’re manning a smaller team with a more limited budget it can be hard to find the right person for the job. Whether you’re looking for an intern for the summer or a full-time hire there are few easy ways to source job candidates and scale up your team and brand. So let’s get to our tips to recruit members for your team.
These tips are by no means exhaustive but they are methods we’ve used to scale up our own team in order to expand in the past year. Let’s face it, your business is your baby and your coworkers are your family. We know how crucial it is to find the right people. We hope that this post is helpful towards you growing in the future.
Have a solid careers page
Whenever someone hears that you are hiring they are going to check out your website. When they inevitably do, you had better be prepared with a web page so they can learn more about your current job offerings. It doesn’t have to be a groundbreaking page – but having job listings, details, and next steps on how to apply is an absolute must.
This is something our team takes quite seriously and are currently working on now. Here’s how current jobs page. What do you think we could change? If you ask us, making the key content really pop will go a long way. Fleshing out the job descriptions and adding an image of our team will go a long way too.
Even we’re not done innovating.
Browse job boards
When it comes to sourcing candidates it’s crucial to spread as wide a net as you can. With smaller teams like ours, we don’t have the luxury of headhunters and recruiter so playing the numbers game can be pretty key. Fortunately, thanks to the wonderful world of technology that we leave in this is very doable. Job board sides abound across the web, here are a few of our favorites:
Handshake is a new job board that we’ve been using and quite frankly, love. It makes it easy to connect with students from schools across the country. You can set a business profile, get rated for trustworthiness (good for prospective employees) and set up job postings and renew with ease. It’s not hard to see why it’s worth the investment of time – because that’s all you need to pay as the platform is free.
Handshake also offers the ability to find students and target them directly as well. This gives you direct access to your next great hire unlike any other job board.
Indeed is a classic one and it’s not hard to see why. It’s simple and easy to use interface and widespread credibility mean that you’ll easily source candidates for your next job posting. The only ‘downside’ is that it’s a paid platform requiring a budget – though it can be used for cheaper than other competing job boards making it an attractive option for teams looking to save money.
Venturefizz is great simply for it’s niche-specific offering. It’s specific to the small-business and startup space giving small teams an equal playing field as opposed to going up against Goliaths on bigger job boards. They also offer regular networking events and meetups. This gives you the ability to get some face time with your prospective hires – a pretty cool advantage if you ask me.
Don’t limit your outreach to online!
Using free events through Meetup is a great way to rub elbows with folks in your industry – some of which may be looking for a job. At Blog Trackr we regularly attend meetups in the tech and innovation space for this reason. We also enjoy popping into small business and startup meetups. At the very worst, you may make a friend or two. Maybe find an advisors or someone you can grab coffee with to bounce ideas off of. At the best, you may find a business partner or your next great manager.
It can be a bit awkward, what with communication these days seemingly limited to chat and text. But you’ll be surprised how nice it can be to actually talk to people. That may have been delivered with a bit of snark though don’t let the importance of this final tip pass you by.
There you have it, our tips to recruit members for your team. As said, this list is not exhaustive though it is a start. As with all things in running a business, it’s about working smarter not harder. Finding ways you can scale up your efforts – whether it be job boards or events – are key to finding that next new hire faster. Complete those boots on the ground efforts with a rockstar careers page and you just may double your team, and book of business, before you know it.