How to Find Qualified Workers
By Michael C. Dennis MBA,
In periods of low unemployment, it can be difficult to fill certain
positions. In periods of economic uncertainly, it can be hard to fill
positions because workers want to hold onto a 'sure thing' which they
often see as the job they currently hold. To get the most qualified
individuals to apply, consider the following ideas:
Establish an Employee Referral Program in which employees refer
friends or acquaintances and if people referred are hired the employee
receives a bonus.
For hard to fill positions, use a headhunter. Headhunters' fees
can be steep. Make certain they are negotiated [down] in advance,
and that the fee is contingent on the new employee making it through
the introductory/probationary period.
Make sure that the hiring manager and the H/R department tell
everyone they know professionally that the company is looking to
fill a certain position.
Contact the professional organizations your company belongs to.
Many organizations have an informal matchmaking arrangement for employers
interested in finding qualified applicants, and other professional
organizations have formalized this process.
Advertise if you must, but recognize that someone will have to
do a great deal of work to sort separate what is typically a small
number of candidates from the rest of the responses received, and
ultimately only a small percentage of new hires come from cold ads
placed in the local newspaper.