Hiring new talent is an exciting but stressful process for most businesses. You need to find qualified individuals whose skills match the role, but you also want to find people whose values align with those of your company.
While some startups are embracing a global pool of remote candidates, there’s tons of talent right in your own backyard if you know where to look. You can leverage recruiting firms, coworking spaces and networking events in your city to help you find the best and brightest local talent. Below, six members of Forbes Dallas Business Council share their favorite resources for hiring talent in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
1. Colleges And Universities
One of our most effective ways of sourcing talent has been local schools. We have found success in the past by tapping into programs offered by local colleges. Whether that is a class where talented students are looking for an internship or using the more traditional career services path for post-graduation opportunities, it is a great way to find talent. – Robert Neely, InspireMore
2. Personal Networking And Recruiting
I find that personally recruiting is the best way to find talent that will be a good fit with your culture. Meeting folks at networking events or referrals from employees are the best methods for finding local talent, in my opinion. – Kyle Dove, Pryme Solutions Group
3. Local Coworking Spaces
Coworking spaces in Dallas are great to find talent for your business. I know it’s not a typical job board, but coworking spaces like the DEC, Addison Treehouse and NOD are full of talented solopreneurs and freelancers. I have hired copywriters, app developers and even lawyers while networking at these locations. – Ali Mirza, #iSocialYou
4. Community Events
I’ve been spending a lot of time at local events put on by DEC and UT Dallas. They have the ability to curate an audience like no other, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet unique individuals on a regular basis. – Ben Lamm, Hypergiant
5. Robert Half
6. Culture Index
Culture Index thoroughly researches the position you are trying to fill then compiles a job description and job traits for that position. Through personality testing, Culture Index screens candidates so that the only job seekers you see are good job trait matches for the position. You never see candidates who aren’t the right fit. This is the epitome of the “right people in the right seat on the bus.” – Brooke Lively, Cathedral Capital, Inc.