Finding the right candidate to fill a role can be time consuming and expensive. An average online advertisement in Australia’s largest online job board costs $247.50 and there is no guarantee of finding a quality candidate.
There are many options to finding your new starter. You don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars in fact you don’t necessarily need to spend a cent.
Here are a few suggestions that won’t cost you a thing.
Gumtree is an online community site that allows you to buy, sell and advertise products and services. It is like an online Trading Post or classifieds. You can select an industry that is relevant, write your advert and even add images to attract attention. Then it is a matter of watching the applications roll into your inbox and creating a shortlist.
2) Internships Programs
Ever considered taking on a tertiary student as an intern? They are well educated and ready to put their skills into practice. Interns are available at no cost to the employer. Potential interns will learn about your company from an online profile that includes a job description. Once matched you will have a chance to meet and interview the intern. What’s the catch? You do need to have the time to train the intern. You get a free recruit in exchange for mentoring them and giving them experience.
Most universities have an internship program. Some examples include
3) Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com
LinkedIn is an online professional network. While you can place a paid advertisement for candidates on LinkedIn you can also use LinkedIn to headhunt and contact people with relevant skills. Once you have found a person with the right skill set you can get in touch with them to see if they are interested in an opportunity in your business.
4) Ask your customers
Now this one sounds obvious BUT have you ever even tried? Put a sign in your window and ask your customers if they are looking for work or know anyone who they think would be suitable. Sometimes the best candidates are people you already know. Not only do they have a basic understanding of your business but you “know” them even if it is only a little. Any inside information about whom you are hiring is a huge advantage for an employer.
Facebook and Twitter are a great way to tell people who are already interested in your business that you are looking for staff. After all they already “like” or “follow” your company and will have some brand loyalty. You can also encourage your Facebook fans or Twitter followers to share or re-tweet that you are looking for a new team member to get the word out even further.
Recruitment doesn’t need to be expensive to be successful. Casting the net widely means that you will get a more diverse group of applicants. The old adage ‘you don’t get something for nothing’ certainly doesn’t need to apply with recruitment.