Your business has grown, and now you need to hire some additional full-time employees. Perhaps you're looking at remote employees to fulfill these needs.
There are many advantages to using off-site employees, including being able to pull from a wide pool of talent all over the world. You'll also reduce sick days and save on office space fees, plus also find that employees working from home are often more engaged.
All sound good? If you're ready to look into hiring full-time remote employees, here are some ideas to start with.
1. Draw From Your Current Employee Pool
Turnover is a major problem for some companies. The average cost to replace an employee who leaves your company is six to nine months' worth of salary, due to covering both recruiting and training costs. It only makes sense to try to entice an employee who might be considering leaving with the option of working remotely.
You also can get back in touch with employees who have left for a variety of reasons. For example, people sometimes leave a position due to lack of child care, but might now be in a position to send their child to preschool part of the day and still do remote work from home. Those who've already been trained and vetted by your company may be an excellent match for your needs.
You may even be able to entice your most experienced, retirement-age workers into continuing for a while longer if they can work from home at their own pace.
2. Go Where the Remote Workers Are
If you want to really expand your applicant options, find out what sites remote employees are using to search for jobs and get your listing on them. There are tons of websites out there, including well-known ones like The Muse and FlexJobs.
Applicants search for jobs on these sites because they know the employers who hire from here are likely to be legitimate, trustworthy companies. Getting your listing on one of these sites is a win both for you and your applicants.
3. Don't Forget Craigslist
Craigslist has gotten a bad rap over the years due to some unsavory characters using it for nefarious purposes. However, it is still an excellent place to create job listings for remote workers.
Just be aware that there are many scams out there -- don't fall victim to them.
Also, understand that workers may be naturally suspicious since the listing was on Craigslist. Be upfront and clear about your company standards and exactly what you're looking for in a remote employee. This will go a long way toward putting candidates' minds at ease.
4. Use Classic Job Boards
Sometimes the best remote worker websites are the most obvious. You can find good candidates by listing jobs on giant resume sites such as Monster, Career Builder and Indeed. Just indicate that it is a telecommute position so you can attract people from other places as well as your local area. Ultimately, you may hire someone across the country, or you may hire in your own hometown.
There are some advantages to hiring a remote worker who can occasionally make a drive to the office for a meeting or company event, after all.
There are many remote work websites available, and they come and go from time to time. The key is to be open to using as many of these different sites as possible so you reach a wide variety of candidates.
By doing all you can to find your ideal remote employees, you can vet the applications and choose the people who will be best for your company and help you grow moving forward.