Hiring Outside the Box: Finding Great Employees in Unexpected Places

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Trouble finding the right candidates? Here are some creative ideas for thinking outside of your hiring comfort zone.
Finding Great Employees ​Small and mid-size businesses often struggle throughout the hiring process. When you don’t have a dedicated team of hiring professionals in-house, it can be hard to recruit good people. When the candidate pool seems to be drying up, don’t lose hope… it’s time to hire outside the box! You may find exactly the person you’re searching for in an unexpected place. Here are some ideas for “out of the box” employees.

Recruiting Retirees

​Many retirees are still very active, and they find that they miss having a job. A job provides a purpose, and it is a constructive way to pass the time. While retirees may not be browsing job sites on a daily basis, you may be able to recruit a retiree in another way. Try word of mouth, social media, or a sign on the door of your business. Retirees often have decades of experience that they can put to work for your company, even if it’s only on a part-time basis.

Finding Entry Level Candidates

Many employers get stuck in a rut of trying to find qualified candidates who don’t need a lot of training. But if there’s no one like that out there, or if the qualified people don’t fit into your limited budget, you may want to consider training up an entry-level employee. If you find someone with a great attitude and work ethic, this can work out amazingly well for your business!

Looking Outside the Industry

​Sometimes, people need a change of pace and a fresh start. That’s why it’s a good idea to look outside your industry. While they may not have specific experience with the type of job you’re hiring for, it’s likely that you’ll find candidates whose skills and personality traits match the job you need to fill. They can carry over these skills and traits into your company and provide a fresh new perspective.

Working with Freelancers or Contractors

​If you’re having trouble finding the right person to hire as a full-time/in-house employee, consider hiring a freelancer or a contractor. You won’t be forced to commit to them long-term, but you can still have a great working relationship that is flexible to your business’s changing needs. There are some excellent, highly-skilled people out there who enjoy the flexibility of a freelance or contract job, and they may be the perfect person to fill your position!

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If you operate a small or mid-size business, you’re probably busy enough without doing all the work of recruiting new employees. With Hiring Team, you’ll have an entire team of hiring pros on your side! Get in touch with us today to learn more about our recruiting support services. We look forward to helping you find the perfect employee for your needs!

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help clients to reach their goals. Hiring Team takes the guesswork and frustration out of the hiring process. Your on-demand Hiring Team will cut down your time spent hiring up to 70%.