4 Ridiculously Important Things About Getting the Right ApplicantsOne of the biggest issues that many business owners like you talk with us about is how to find the right people to join their organization.

For most people this breaks down in the two parts. The first, is how to find people to apply for the job. The second, is how to screen to make sure you have the right person in the right seat.

Let’s start with how to get the right person to even apply for your job.

Is this a senior or junior position?

If you’re hiring for a junior position, you want to use internal resources to find the right applicants. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a senior person using internal resources might just become a very frustrating experience.

In both cases you want to make sure you put the word out of who you’re looking for, what skill sets they need and what type of personality this person needs to have.

If it’s a junior position here are some ideas.

If you’re hiring a junior person think about paying a bonus to your other junior people for any recommendations they give that lead to someone being hired. You can also think about posting jobs on job boards, online hiring sources and even the local paper.

Even better yet, always be recruiting and keep a file of people who could fill the job even though you don’t need anybody today. The reality is at some point in the not too far distant future you’re likely going to need to find some junior people to work in your company.

You might even want to think about finding a virtual assistant who isn’t located in your town but can still work full-time or part-time doing the work you need. I know the virtual assistants that we use are every bit as good and its lots of cases better as people I’ve had working locally in our office.

For a senior position consider using a professional recruiter.

Let’s think about hiring a senior person for a little while. These people are much harder to find. If you happen to live in a small town like I do, finding a new senior person that fits the bill will be almost impossible. You’re likely to have to go outside the area to find somebody you want.

Even if you live in a major metropolitan area getting the right person to walk in your door could be a challenging experience. My recommendation; consider finding a professional recruiter who understands your culture and can help you find candidates who help make your company rock (and I mean that in a good way).

But aren’t recruiters really expensive?

There’s two things you have to remember when you’re thinking about expensive. First, how much money and time are you’re spending trying to find the right person to even apply for a job at your company. Second, I’m going to bet that a professional recruiter has a much better Rolodex for finding the type of person that will add value to your company then you do.

And of course there’s the question of cost versus value.  Even though it might be expensive, value is likely easier to find here even with a high cost.

So ask yourself this question, “Is it really more expensive for me to use a recruiter or is it more expensive for me to spend hours and hours of my time, days and even months to find the right person? And in the end we might not even find them.”

I would submit to you that it’s way less expensive to use a recruiter when you’re looking for a senior level position in your company.

So here’s a question I have, is your business finding the right person that adds tons of value to your company? If the answer is no, then you might want to have some professional help helping you. Why don’t you click here, and let me know what you think.



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