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  • How to Hire Your First Employees
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    Where and How to Find Qualified Job Candidates

    While you may be tempted to look for someone local, you will have a broader pool of people to choose from if you widen your employee search to nationwide. If your job is compelling with good compensation and benefits, you might be able to entice someone to relocate from another state.

    • Job boards and job search engines. Large job boards such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com offer searchable databases to help applicants filter job descriptions and postings from employers. The job search engines compile board listings with company website listings for even more comprehensive results. Consider posting your job description to niche boards and search engines that specialize in your industry for more focused results.
    • Social networks. LinkedIn is the main online business networking tool where you can network and search for qualified candidates. Facebook and Twitter can provide some insight into a candidate’s personal life and cultural leanings.
    • Referrals from friends and colleagues. A personal referral can help you cut through much of the upfront vetting and screening necessary with unknown applicants.
    • Recruiters and agencies. Recruiters, also called headhunters, can save you time by prescreening applicants and possibly finding highly qualified candidates who are not actively looking for a job because they already have one. However headhunter fees may not be worth it for your first employee.