A great team of employees is what can keep your business going strong, even when economic times may be tough and even if your industry is going through a slow period. So how do you go about assembling the best possible team an entrepreneur could ask for? Here are some ideas.
- Employment Fairs
Universities host employment fairs all the time, especially toward the end of the school year, as a way to introduce soon-to-be graduates to recruiters in the workforce. What top schools are in your area? Take a look at both undergraduate and graduate programs, and find out when their upcoming employment fairs are. Contact them about setting up a booth for your company. New graduates may require more training than more established employees. However, they are more likely to be okay with a lower entry-level salary, and they’re often very eager to work at their first official job.
Reach out to your circle of connections within your industry to find out about people who are currently looking for jobs. Word of mouth can be an excellent way to catch wind of a potentially strong candidate. Ask some trusted individuals to keep an eye out for you.
Students who are currently in college are always looking for opportunities to dip their toe into the real world of their chosen industry. This can be a great way to get to know some young people who may be a perfect fit for your business once they graduate. You can delegate many tasks to interns, and offer them guidance and feedback in exchange. Ideally, try to set aside some money with which to pay your interns, although many college students would gladly take the learning opportunity for free.
Who better to assess potential candidates than a recruiter? With their trained eye, a recruiter can narrow down the pool and hold the first stage of interviews. This takes some of the pressure off you and gives you the insight of someone who recruits people professionally. Just be sure to be communicative with the recruiter on your team. Make it clear the kind of individual you’re looking for, and the qualifications you prefer. This will aid the recruiter in doing their job more effectively.
Finding a great team of employees can sometimes feel like finding that elusive needle in the haystack. But don’t fret – the right people are out there. It’s all about assembling a group of people whose chemistry jives with that of your business.