Recruiting Ideas and ResourcesTomChilders
You not only survived the recession but business is rocking! You knew staffing would be a challenge but you had no idea it would be this tough. Between people leaving the industry (especially during the recession) and the immigration reform backlashes, i.e. H2B, it is the top challenge for many in the green industry today (see this post for a full explanation of the severity of the problem).
First and foremost, you must maintain a desired work place status with current employees because your best employees can bring you more employees like themselves. Birds of a feather flock together! Let them know when requirements will be needed in advance and offer rewards (cash or other) for referrals. As for how to maintain a desired employer status that’s a whole other topic, but see this landscaper success story from monster.com.
Don’t be afraid to use technology, social networks and online job boards. You not only have the big five job boards, Monster, Careerbuilder, Snagajob, Indeed, and Simplyhired but now we have companies like iHireLandscaping and GreenHuntersrc that focus on green industry recruiting (all end with .com of course).
Why not look into some of the Tony Bass material…check out his post. Some of this stuff is just awesome.
Don’t forget the old school stuff either. Word of mouth, peers, suppliers, trade schools, community colleges, universities, etc. still work. Take advantage of any trade association, supplier, or publication job board as well. They are out there and they work. Also, stay tuned, we may implement something to help here in the near future.
For those that might be new to this and/or looking for more technical and administrative advice, such as Required and Optional Benefits, Writing Job Descriptions, Employee Handbooks or more, go to Hire & Retain Employees section of the SBA site. This is a strong resource for the areas of Human Resources and it is totally free.