By Matt Bacak
The process of finding the right employee is a daunting task for many employers who are unsure how to go about the task, or even where to begin. Fortunately, there are a number of services and methods available that can make an employee search much simpler.
Of course, one of the most popular methods for recruiting employees is to use the traditional help wanted poster and classified listing. It should be noted; however that this method really only works well if you have a traditional storefront with a brick and mortar building. In addition, you should be aware that with this type of employee search you are generally only going to receive the most general and traditional recruits. While this is a reliable, and free, method for finding employees; you are much more likely to attract applicants who are unqualified and who may have questionable work ethics.
Public services can make the process of finding good employees a little easier without spending any money doing it. This is because each state has an employment service office that can help you with your employee search. These offices are often referred to as the 'unemployment office'; a nickname most states would like to do away with. In reality, these offices are affiliated with the United States Employment Service and Department of Labor. They can help you with everything from screening applicants with aptitude tests to actually receiving resumes and applications for you so that you don't have to interrupt your daily business operations with the inundations. Best of all-these services are completely free.
If you want to step up your efforts in finding the right employee, you might consider a fee based search. Employment and recruitment agencies handle screening, background checks and aptitude tests in order to help you in finding good employees. They can also provide advise to you on how to recruit employees. Be aware, though; this service will cost you. Temporary personnel services are also a solution that may be able to help you in finding employees. This type of services normally works better if you are experiencing a temporary labor shortage rather than a permanent staff person; however. The big benefit to using a temporary personnel service is that they will generally handle multiple tasks such as payroll, tax deductions, fringe and other costs associated with an employee. So, once you have decided how you are going to go about finding employee; do you know how to recruit a new employee? Do you know what to look for in a candidate to know whether they will make a dedicated employee?
Unfortunately, many companies and organizations rush into the hiring decision in an effort to alleviate labor shortage problems without giving any real thought to beyond whether the person has the skills and is available to whether they will make a truly good employee or not.
Many of these problems can be alleviated with a good solid interview and background check. A good interview involves more than asking when a candidate can start to work and whether they have the requisite experience. You need to delve into their motivations and determine whether they will be a good fit for your team. Furthermore, a rushed timeline is no reason not to perform a background check. It may take a little longer but the wealth of information you can uncover regarding a candidate in a background check can save you multiple headaches down the road.
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