A Guest Post Written By Brooke Chaplan
Great employees build great companies. But where can you find these shining beacons of industry and ingenuity? Recruiting talent is harder than it looks, especially if you’re focusing specifically on young people in the hopes that they’ll grow with your business. Here are just five places where you have a better-than-average chance of discovering a rising star.
This may seem like an obvious answer, but many companies don’t take advantage of the talent offered by young college students. They throw a job fair or two but don’t have a dedicated presence on campus, so students don’t think of their brand when they’re ready to graduate and join the working class. If you’re serious about recruiting employees right out of college, you need to be on the billboards, in the student lounges, and networking with the professors.
Not only will internships provide a revolving door of fresh recruits, but if they’re unpaid opportunities, you can also be sure your grunts have a genuine passion for the industry. They wouldn’t be working for free if they didn’t have a real love for the work. Consider creating an internship program where you work to attract young and ambitious talent. Competitive programs can help to find the most dedicated new employees.
What if your internships aren’t working? Sometimes, especially in a tough economy, young people simply aren’t drawn to low- or no-wage positions. In the event of a poor turnout for your internship program, consider an apprenticeship program instead, and let students receive stipends or college credit for their work.
Veterans aren’t always long in the tooth. They can be young people who joined the reserve forces or privates who suffered an injury before returning home. They have all the devotion, work ethic, and self-discipline that makes a great corporate employee; and often simply aren’t aware that opportunities for them exist. Open their eyes with your program and get the word out with a good marketing strategy.
If you’re a mechanical engineer, search for new recruits at auto shops and trade expos. If you work for an observatory, talk to local astronomy club directors and science fair organizers. You can find a wealth of talent just waiting to be discovered through community programs and hobby groups. You’ll also be making useful industry contacts for when the next crop of geniuses comes along.
These are just a few places to start looking for young talent. Remember to run a background check before hiring any of your superstars, especially if they’re still in college. You don’t want any youthful indiscretions to come back and haunt your company.
“Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more tips on recruiting visit PeopleFacts before you hire or contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”