Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
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How to Find Top Talent on a Small Business Budget

With limited recruiting budgets, many small businesses have a hard time competing against larger companies for top talent. Never fear””you can still add quality workers to your team when you think outside of the box.

For instance, many businesses are striving to hire more workers from the millennial generation. Now that many from this generation are now in their 30’s, they are confident, team-oriented, tech-savvy, and ready, willing and able to take on new challenges, making them great additions to the working world.

Millennials also have high expectations of their workplaces and will trade top pay for a better “work-life” balance. That’s good news for businesses with a smaller budget. Still, big competitors are going to be able to offer an attractive total package. Small businesses need to be thoughtful and strategic to recruit their next top talent.

Let’s take a look at some best practices to consider when recruiting millennials:

Be flexible

Personal time is important to millennials, and they aren’t willing to sacrifice it for long hours or being on call 24/7. A flexible work schedule is a compelling benefit.

Another way to attract candidates is by offering a generous vacation plan. Offering two to three weeks of paid vacation time is a good way to draw potential candidates to your business.

Offer job satisfaction

Today’s workers are less patient than previous generations, and many are unwilling to wait a long time for learning and leadership opportunities. If you can offer a faster-moving career path with opportunities for learning new skills, enhancing strengths, and steadily advancing through the ranks, you could score that top candidate.

Express yourself

A company’s culture and the ability to help shape their ideal work environment is crucial to millennial workers. Before they agree to join a company, they will want to know if their values mesh with yours. Will they fit in and feel a connection with your company? Does your company value personal growth as much as professional achievements? Is the atmosphere open, transparent, and socially connected?

One way a candidate can get a feel for your company culture is via your online presence on social media and your website. Make sure you are reflecting your company and its culture on these sites.

Quality counts

With a limited hiring budget, focusing on finding a few high-quality candidates rather than a massive slate of them is an effective strategy. Forgo the expensive online job boards and obtain referrals from colleagues, friends, and networking contacts instead.

Another way to hire top talent on a small budget is by considering contract labor outsourcing. Contract labor solutions offer specialized workforces that have the particular skills you are looking for and come at a price you can afford. You are likely to find your small hiring dollars stretch further and put you on an even playing level with competitors when you outsource.

Before you spend your company’s hard-earned money on recruiting, contact Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Industrial Services Division first. Our Industrial Services Division offers contract labor solutions on a short-term or long-term basis for projects including packaging, kitting, assembly, and fulfillment. With decades of experience, we specialize in helping businesses in Greater Cincinnati grow while simplifying operations and lowering overhead costs. Best of all, our Industrial Services Division offers an economical outsourcing option without for-profit middlemen. Driven by a social mission that impacts Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a non-profit partner you can trust to handle your business projects big and small.

Put Goodwill to work for your business. To learn more about our outsourced kitting, assembly, packaging, and fulfillment services and to receive a free tour of our facilities, please contact us today!