Expansion can be a stressful, time-consuming and expensive process. Staffing and recruiting agencies come with very high costs, and for small businesses with limited resources, the task of finding the best candidate falls solely in their hands.
But sometimes outsourcing isn’t necessary. A robust and informative “Careers” page on your company website can prove valuable when recruiting. Also keep in mind that referrals from current employees and other contacts often make for the best hires.
However, if you’re looking for something beyond your network, the following ten websites should help you find the perfect candidate.
Craigslist is a good source to find local candidates without spending too much cash. Posting fees range from free to $25 in larger cities and up to $75 in the San Francisco Bay area. These monetary savings come with a caveat, however, as the boards are loaded with poor jobs and, as a result, with poor prospects. Keep this in mind and be sure to filter vigorously when hiring through Craigslist.
Craigslist is a good resource for entry-level and intern candidates, but for those looking for higher-level employees, it may not be the ideal choice.
Keeping with the theme of lower-level hiring, Interships.com is a useful resource for businesses looking for help from current students and recent grads. Internships are an inexpensive way to evaluate candidates through hands-on testing. According to Internships.com, 70 percent of companies make full-time job offers to interns.
Posting on Internships.com is free and unlimited. The site partners your company with over 400 colleges and universities. It also has a helpful resource section that gives employers guides on running an internship as well as tips on interviewing and compensating an intern.
8. Simply Hired
Boasting the “largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network,”Simply Hired offers posting to their site for free and job marketing services for a cost. Ranging from $99 to $199, Simply Hired’s paid services list job postings on over 5,000 sites, blogs and social networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Myspace.
Simply Hired partners with over 25,000 different sites, and it claims to reach 30 million job seekers. But its system lacks a searchable resume database, which makes it less attractive than other sites on this list.
The first public job search website, Monster boasts a network of over 23 million candidates. Monster’s free service offers employers the ability to create, edit and post their jobs. It also offers free company Facebook profiles through its BeKnown networking app, customizable questionnaires and access to Monster’s mobile recruiting tool.
Among other options, Monster’s paid tools include a searchable resume database and a Target Slot program that offers yearly subscriptions to post as many job openings needed. It also offers a Complete Job Posting feature that provides access to all of Monster’s candidate pool and network of sites, including specialty sites targeting diverse, disabled and minority candidates.
With over 100 million unique visitors per month, Indeed is billed as the “#1 job site worldwide.” Its easy-to-use interface, as well as its resources for company and industry trends, makes Indeed the most used job search on the web. Single, organic job openings are free to post on the site, and Indeed posts those openings on Twitter and Facebook at no cost as well.
It also offers a pay-per-click service that posts your job on over 25,000 partner sites, charging you only when a candidate clicks to view your post. Indeed also allows you to search its resume database and pay only when you want to contact prospects.
LinkedIn is an essential networking tool for all businesses. LinkedIn’s network comprises professionals from 130 different industries and over 100,000 recruiters. The site offers access to high-quality professionals for merely signing up. It is the best resource for referrals, a very valuable source to find qualified candidates.
Their paid service, LinkedIn Recruiter, allows employers and recruiters to target passive candidates that match the qualifications they seek. Employers can also track candidates and use current employees’ networks to provide feedback on potential hires. This can all be done without the candidates’ knowledge. If employers are interested, candidates can be reached via LinkedIn’s InMail messaging service.
The caveat, however, lies in LinkedIn Recruiter’s price, which can reach the thousands.
ZipRecruiter is an online job marketing service that posts your job openings to over 40 sites, including Indeed, Monster, Craigslist, Simply Hired and eBay Classifieds. ZipRecruiter also includes your job postings in its daily emails and posts your openings on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.
It also allows job seekers to post resumes. Employers are able to search ZipRecruiter’s database of over 2 million resumes for free and can receive contact information for up to 1,000 candidates a month with its paid services.
ZipRecruiter offers hosting for your company job pages and provides application templates and customizable questionnaires. It also provides personalized email responses to applications and screening tools to prevent your inboxes from being bombarded.
ZipRecruiter offers a 4-day free trial, allowing you to try out the service with no risk. After the free trial period, ZipRecruiter will customize a plan for you based on your hiring needs, with plans as low as $249 per month. Your customized plan and pricing will be presented to you for review before you enter any payment information
Jobvite is another paid job marketing service that utilizes job-board networks, applicant tracking and social media to ease the hiring process. Jobvite offers three products: Jobvite Hire, Jobvite Engage and Jobvite Refer.
Jobvite Hire is an automated applicant tracking system. It posts job openings to free job sites like Indeed and Simply Hired as well as over 300 social networks, including Twitter and Facebook. Hire also sends your job postings to email and mobile subscribers. It provides calendar services to manage interviewing and offers branded company career sites with LinkedIn integration. It also provides custom applications and screening forms.
Jobvite Refer utilizes your employees’ networks to find candidates. Refer allows anyone to send out job invites through emails or multiple social sites from one place. It calculates compatibility with applicants based on their social media profiles. It allows you to manage and reward employee referrals and uses several different Facebook apps to reach out to candidates. And like Hire, it automatically posts your job openings on over 300 social networks, online communities and blogs.
Jobvite Engage is a tool that helps you search and utilize Jobvite’s online talent pool. It offers a resume database that allows you to score and rank potential hires. It allows you to import and manage resumes from other sources and provides customizable templates for job invites. Like Jobvite’s other services, it also posts job invites on social media sites and Facebook apps.
SmartRecruiters is a lot like ZipRecruiter and Jobvite. It posts job openings on sites, mobile apps and social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. SmartRecruiters offers widgets for linking to your job posts and customizable, branded ads. It also provides employers with a searchable database of over 500 million profiles and offers applicant tracking and reporting.
So what makes SmartRecruiters stand apart from the competition? It’s completely free.
1. The Resumator
The Resumator automatically posts your job openings to all the major job search sites as well as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It offers customizable job applications, questionnaires and screening based on applicants’ responses. It sends automated responses when applications are received and when rejections are necessary.
The Resumator also provides employers with high-quality, branded career sites that are fully customizable and managed by The Resumator applicant tracking system. These sites match the design of your own company site and allow users to apply via the site, forward the job through email or share the job through social networks. It allows you to track job boards and other sources featuring your openings.
The Resumator also features a searchable database of resumes and automated resume parsing that filters and ranks candidates.
Based on volume, fees for The Resumator range from $49 to $399 per month.