No one likes paying over the odds, especially when you could find your next member of staff for a few hundred pounds or less (or even for free).
Here we discuss 10 ways to find employees using tricks from the recruitment industry (and we should know, having been in the recruitment industry for too many years to mention!).
1. Social media
Social media hasn’t been around that long, but if you have a great following online (whether personally or as a business), put a few posts out there.
2. Shop window
For retail and hospitality businesses, try putting an advert in your window. This easy trick might also apply to offices in high footfall areas.
3. Existing staff referrals
Your current employees might know the perfect person for your job opening. Some businesses pay a referral fee to the employee, which, whilst still costing you money, is likely to cost you a lot less than a recruitment agency!
If you have a high traffic website, put a careers page on it with your current job openings.
Top tip, create an email address per job opening to help you manage applications.
5. Advertise your job on a job site
Sites such as TotalJobs, MonsterJobs & Jobsite allow you to pay a fixed fee to have your job advertised online for a fixed period of time -normally 28 days, but sometimes longer. Costs can range from around £100 per position, upwards. We have seen costs close to £800 per job on some sites, so be careful where you advertise!
6. Use a multi-site job poster
For less than £200, it is possible to advertise your job on multiple job sites at the same time through a company such as HiringPeople, giving you much greater exposure.
7. Advertise your job on a free site
There are some great sites which allow you to advertise your job for free, such as Adzuna, Zoek and JobRapido. Compared to the paid options above, they generally have a lot less traffic, meaning you need to get your advert on to as many sites as possible, which can quickly become a logistical challenge. There are free services available to help you distribute your job advert to these sites.
8. Public Notice boards
Can you put a notice on a public notice board? A bit old school, but this can be highly successful. You may need to pay a small fee.
As well as posting a status update/company post on LinkedIn, you can search and engage with potential candidates. This process does take time, both in establishing the ideal searches as well as reaching out to your prospective future employee.
10. “Find a Job”
The UK government runs a “Find a Job” service where you can advertise your job for free. The challenge with the service however, is that the job seekers are encouraged to apply for a substantial number of jobs through it, resulting in inappropriate applications.