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How can I find good employees for my business?

In a job market where the economy is strong and unemployment is low, finding qualified employees may be difficult. Think about the type of employees that you want to hire. The skill level and experience requirements you set will determine the best search method for you. You should consider recommendations from friends, family members, and business associates. You may also find help through professional, government, community, and religious organizations. Check your yellow pages under employment or career for more information.

Do you need someone to make deliveries or wait on customers? Try posting flyers at the local high school or college campus. Find out if local colleges and technical high schools have training programs in your business (e.g., culinary arts or computer skills).

Most prospective candidates do their job hunting on weekends. This is important to keep in mind if you decide to run a newspaper advertisement. Placing an ad in the Sunday edition of a local or national newspaper will allow you to reach a wider audience than you could reach with the same ad on any other day. Choose a paper that has a wide circulation, but remember to keep your target audience in mind. You probably don't want to run an ad for a party planner in a newspaper geared to financial planners.

You can start your search in the Sunday paper, but you may get better results from career-oriented websites. These sites are typically user-friendly and full of qualified job seekers looking for the right opportunity. Some sites can even manage your search by keeping a list of candidates you're interested in or not interested in, those you've contacted, those who've contacted you, and so forth--all with the click of a button. You can find a list of these sites by typing "job," "career," or "employment" into your favorite search engine. Most sites charge a flat rate for their services.

Are you looking for a project manager for your technical team? Do you need someone with experience and specialized skills? You may want to hire a professional headhunter or search firm to assist you in finding the right employees. If you want someone else to do the legwork for you (e.g., sift through resumes and conduct initial interviews), enlist the aid of a headhunter or professional search firm. Keep in mind, though, that these firms can be expensive. Most will charge a percentage of an employee's first-year salary as a fee. If you have a small business and funds are tight, you may be better off conducting your own search. The money you save can be used to attract new employees or hold on to the good ones you already have.