With graduation season coming up soon, now is the time to start looking at graduates for your internships or entry-level jobs. A recent grad brings benefits for your company that a more experienced hire may not. They know all the latest trends in your field, they are cheap, and they can bring in a new pair of eyes to your company and help you find inefficiencies or problems which you or your current staff may have overlooked. If you are looking to hire a graduate, here are some tips on how best to lure them to your company.
Post on job boards
Sites like Monster, CareerBuilder and Indeed are a useful way to target grads. While it may cost to post, they will help you find the candidates you are searching for. They can help you create a database of potential hires that you can use in the future and will help you connect with students that match the skillset you are looking for.
Attend college career fairs
Career fairs are convenient ways to meet entry level workers face-to-face. It gives your company a chance to do some early interviews without needing the rest of the hiring process. Job fairs usually run in the Spring and Fall, so it is important that you talk to the school and do some early planning so that you are set up. The disadvantage is that you won’t be the only company there so you may be competing with others to snag the best available candidates.
While attending a career fair is a way to speed up the hiring process, be sure to not skip steps. Make sure the candidate’s resume is in order and that they pass your background check. If you are wondering what is a background check or why it’s necessary, know that a check will bring up valuable information about a candidate such as their criminal record or their credit history. It may be the difference between hiring the right or wrong candidate.
Utilize Social Media
Social media is a quickly growing way to hire. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are all great ways to get your job posting out there for cheap. College students are very in tune with social media and if they see your posting on your social media page it most likely means that the candidate is already interested in your company.
Get your employees to help you in the hiring process. Offer them an incentive if you hire someone they recommend. It’s a win-win as it helps you find someone qualified while also improving your chances of getting someone who works well with current employees.
Utilize your website
Your website is the face of your company. It is how you not only present to your customers, but also your potential hires. If you have a career or job page on your site it’s a good way to show off your company culture and what kind of benefits your business can offer future employees.
If you are still having trouble hiring a recent grad you may have to up your benefits package. New hires are especially interested in company health care, vacation and sick days, and continuing education perks. Sometimes these benefits can be used to hire in lieu of a higher salary. Some other perks to consider offering are remote work opportunities, a great company culture, or less oversight on the job.
By using this advice, you will be swimming in qualified graduates who want to work for you and your company and your hiring will never be easier.