Complete Guide to Finding Employees

Finding Employees

February 18th, 2020

Finding employees is hard, and getting harder all the time. This year, 68 percent of HR professionals report problems filling positions - up from 50 percent in 2013.

We're going to show you step by step how to get a lot more applicants for any job with unique, proven tips so that you're not just filling positions, you're filling them with the best possible people.

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Where do I find employees?

  1. Post jobs to your company website.
  2. Post available jobs to social media and ask employees to share.
  3. Post to every free job posting site you can find.
  4. Talk to local universities and ask them to put the word out.
  5. Get in contact with recruiters or staffing agencies.
  6. Post help wanted flyers in places where employees hang out.
  7. Put the word out to current employees that you're hiring.
  8. Integrate your company careers page with Google for Jobs.

How do I find the right employee?

To find good employees, try talking to your best hires. Find out how they found you. See if they have any referrals - people they would enjoy working with. Test many different venues for posting your jobs and see if one of them brings better people. Also, develop a screening process.

How do you find good employees in a small town?

  1. Ask your best employees for any referrals.
  2. Use Facebook ads and "We Are Hiring" images to target great candidates in your town.
  3. Advertise the position in local newspapers and magazines.
  4. Attend local community and industry meetings.
  5. Post openings on local job posting sites.

How do you attract employees?

  1. Offer great incentives.
  2. Create an attractive company culture.
  3. Use social media to promote your company's culture, vision, and mission.
  4. Advertise in imaginative ways.
  5. Personalize your recruitment processes and communications.
  6. Use your current employees to promote your company.
  7. Do good in the community.

Read our articles on employer branding, Employee Value Proposition, and Recruiting Strategies.

How do I find employees on Facebook?

Read our tips on social recruiting.

Where can I find retail employees?

Post your retail positions on a retail-specific job board like

How do I hire more employees?

The best way to find new employees fast starts by looking in many places. This doesn't have to be expensive, as there are many low-cost online boards like Indeed, Craigslist, and Flexjobs. Also, try finding employees via social media like Facebook, get in touch with local resources like state and city job services, and local schools.

Where can you post job openings for free?

See our list of free job posting sites.

How To Find Employees

How do small businesses hire good employees?

  1. Get leads from your top hires by asking about their favorite past co-workers.
  2. Write job posts that sell the position.
  3. Touch bases with good candidates you don't hire, they may become stars later.
  4. Use Facebook ads and "We Are Hiring" images to target great candidates.
  5. Make it easy for employees to share job openings on social media.
  6. Post your jobs on the right job boards.
  7. Post your jobs in multiple locations.

What is the best way to find employees?

The best way to find employees is to test multiple recruiting strategies and see what works for your company. You may try posting to Indeed, Glassdoor, and other job boards, checking with career centers at nearby universities, posting jobs on social media, and posting help-wanted flyers.

What Is The Best Place To Find Employees Online

What is the best place to find employees online?

How can I ensure that highly qualified candidates get to apply to my vacancies?

Get employees to apply at your company by writing job postings that really sell them on your position. Focus on all the best reasons they should work at your company, and limit qualifications and requirements only to the most essential.

See our job description templates for more information on how to write a good job posting.

How To Find Quality Employees

Where can I go and look for good employees?

  1. Ask where your best employees found you, be sure to post jobs there.
  2. Ask your best employees who they most enjoyed working with at previous jobs, and get in touch.
  3. Post on multiple job boards to make sure your jobs reach a lot of potential applicants.
  4. Use social media to reach passive candidates.
  5. Screen candidates by having them answer tough questions in writing before interviews.
  6. Use a phone interview to further screen.
  7. Have them do a paid try out before becoming a full employee.

What should I do to employ highly qualified candidates successfully?

  1. Try lots of different places to advertise your jobs.
  2. Put the word out with existing employees.
  3. Write a job posting that focuses on why good candidates should work for you.
  4. Ask applicants to answer 5 tough questions about the job in writing to screen them.
  5. Do a 15-minute phone interview to screen further.
  6. Ask the top candidates to take a paid test of their abilities.
  7. Have the final candidates do a 1-week tryout before making a final decision.

Any tips on where I could look for seasonal employees?

What is the best way to hire employees if I've never done it?

  1. Advertise your positions on several job boards, like Indeed, that get high traffic.
  2. Ask current employees for referrals.
  3. Check with local resources, such as universities and state job services.
  4. Write a really good job description that focuses on why great people should work for you.
  5. Have applicants answer 5 tough questions about the job in writing - this will screen low-quality ones.
  6. Do a short interview by phone.
  7. Be sure to check that their salary expectations work - ask what they make, and what they expect.
  8. Do paid tryouts before making a final decision.

What's your take on how I could find workers within a rural area?

Many people wonder how to find staff, especially skilled workers, in a sparsely populated area. Try advertising in the closest cities, find out if there are universities that local students go to and target them with Facebook ads, and create nationwide ads that focus on the reasons to move to your area.

Any tips on how I could search for qualified candidates without posting my vacancy online?

You can search for employees by using sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, and AngelList to look at resumes, or that site's equivalent of one. You can also focus on getting referrals from your existing employees, which saves you the trouble of looking for new employees by yourself.

Use Boolean search operators to refine your results.

What can you suggest regarding employee recruitment for distributed companies?

  1. Post openings on WeWorkRemotely, Remote OK, and Working Nomads.
  2. Angellist is a great free resource where you can find candidates who are likely to have remote experience.

What are the best ways to recruit employees for jobs I'm not an expert in?

  1. Know exactly what tasks you need this person to do.
  2. If you have employees that know the job, get them involved.
  3. Talk to agencies and get their opinion on how the job would be done, and what skills are needed.
  4. Look for people who have done very similar work before, and test them by having them do a paid work sample.
  5. Hire a freelancer for the position and see how it goes.
  6. Outsource the work to an agency or small company.

Do you have tips on how to find an employee fit to work in a demanding environment?

  1. Check their work history.
  2. Question them about what their most demanding job was, and ask them to describe why it was demanding and how they dealt with it.
  3. Ask them to complete a tough task (paid) before hiring them.

What is the best way to find employees for creative work?

See our list of job boards aimed at creatives.

Any advice on how to get employees for creative jobs who are willing to work on a contract basis?

Some of the best places for looking for employees to hire for creative contract work are gig sites like Upwork, 99designs, and CloudPeeps.