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Finding Employees

You have determined that you need help and need to take the leap to hire employees.  The first step is preparing the business, and the next step is to find the right employee!  There are many different ways to find the right person:

Finding employees


  • Recruit your employees yourself
    • Networking with others – Word of Mouth
    • Job boards, online postings
    • Placing ads in newspapers or posting signs
    • Referrals from employees
    • Social Media
  • Use a temp agency
  • Use a staffing agency



There are a few essential steps you should take in order to fill your position regardless of how you decide to recruit your employees:

  • Define your employment needs. What are the essential functions of the position to be filled (the primary reasons this position exists in your business, the top 5-10 job duties)? A job description, either formal or informal, will help to define the requirements of the position when recruiting and hiring the right person. Read this article from the SBA on writing effective job descriptions.
  • Develop interview questions. Your questions should be relevant to the position, legal, and consistent for each candidate. Look for a good fit for your company's culture as well as the right skills. Take notes on a separate piece of paper (not the job application or resume).
  • Check personal and professional references for each final candidate. According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background checks may only be conducted after a conditional offer of employment has been made. Learn more about background checks from the FCRA.

Temp Agencies


Recruiting yourself requires you getting the word out to friends, colleagues, the public and anyone who might be interested in working for your company. Most startup companies find their employees through active networking and referrals from friends.

Temp, as in temporary employee, agencies can be used to fill a wide variety of positions from clerical to manufacturing, to professional and even executives. There are several reasons companies may use a temp agency to fulfill employment needs:

  • Companies that have fluctuations in the workload due to peak production periods
  • Seasonal operations
  • Employees on vacation or leave of absence
  • New business or growth that requires additional employees quickly
  • The desire to do a "trial" run with a prospect prior to hiring

Staffing or recruiting agencies focus on finding the right candidate for the position based on criteria defined by the company looking to hire and typically charge a percentage of the first year salary for the service. The best recruiting agencies have knowledge of the market, are familiar with employment trends, current wages, who and where the candidates are and can offer other solutions if there are no candidates.

The staffing agency should be familiar with your company and send the top candidates. Read this article to learn more about how to select a staffing agency.

Iowa Employer's Disability Resource Network


EDRN partners are here to provide technical assistance, information, resources, and training to help you effectively recruit, hire and retain qualified employees. EDRN can provide consultation and resources to create a welcoming environment for applicants and employees with disabilities by assuring your facilities are accessible. In addition, EDRN can customize training to fit your needs.

Keep in mind that many of these resources will not only assist you to build a diverse workforce, but they can also enhance your business’ services to customers with disabilities.