There are a lot of tips out there on how to hire the best employees. There’s only one problem. Many of those tips depend on having candidates to choose from!

As a startup, you’re ready to take that next step, but you have no idea where to find great candidates for the positions you have open. After all, you don’t just want to hire the first and only person who comes along.

Make sure you’re able to find the best employees for your startup by following these tips.

Post Your Job on Multiple Websites

Although your startup is small, don’t think it’s too small to post on traditional job finding websites across the web. For example, LegalZoom has grown over the years by posting positions for their various locations on job finding sites like Glassdoor.

However, you should think carefully about where exactly you post your job online. It’s a good idea to post on multiple websites to attract a larger candidate pool, but that doesn’t mean you and the few employees you do have want to spend hours wading through candidates on ten different websites. Instead, choose a handful of sites that are known for having the kinds of employees you’re searching for.

Expand Your Horizons with Remote Workers

It’s true there are some positions that need someone to be there in person. It’s also true that there are a lot of positions today that don’t necessarily require your employees to be on-location.

Expand your horizons and be willing to consider candidates who could work for your company remotely. Remote workers come with a wide range of benefits that include:

  • They are often more productive than on-site employees
  • They can actually help your business save money
  • You have access to talent across the globe, not just in your city
  • They can reduce employee turnover

Finding remote workers is easier than it has ever been before too. With platforms like Upwork, you can post nearly any remote job and get candidates for the job almost instantly.

Reach out to Your Professional Connections

If your startup isn’t having any luck, or if you simply don’t have a lot of time to post multiple job descriptions and review a bunch of resumes, consider reaching out to your network.

Professional networks come with all kinds of benefits, but one of the best is the fact that they may be able to provide you with a reference. For example, if you could use a little professional IT help, someone in your network may be able to refer you to the person they use.

Not only can you find candidates that your network is willing to recommend, your network is also likely to recommend people that would be a good fit for you and your business. The people in your network know you best and can provide you with recommendations that can save you a lot of time.

Talk to Current Employees

Professional connections are a vital resource when it comes to hiring, but don’t forget about the employees you already have!

Your current employees understand the kind of company culture you’re trying to foster, they understand the level of commitment that is needed to get the job done, and they know you well enough to know who in their circle of contacts might be best for the job. Candidates that are referred by current employees are more likely to be a better fit for the job than screening applicants using old-fashioned methods.

Reach out to Candidates Directly

Platforms like LinkedIn are a great way to reach out when you’re interested in working for a company you admire, but the opposite can also be true. Sites like these are a great way to recruit candidates for an open position.

Try searching for professionals that match your job description. When you find someone you think would be a good fit, send them a message to see if they might be interested. If it turns out they aren’t interested, they have their own network of connections, and they may be able to refer someone they know to your job.

It’s true that the hiring process is likely to take a while if you’re looking for the best candidate for the job, but the tips on this list can help. No matter how much, or how little, time you have to screen and review candidates, there’s a tip on this list that will ensure you hire the best employee for your startup.