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4 local places to advertise for employees


So you’re expanding your business–congratulations! This is typically both an exciting and frustrating time for small business owners. Every single hire counts for small businesses, not that it doesn’t for bigger companies, but you will personally interact with these people daily. When your company is small, every single hire has to be a perfect fit. Because when one person succeeds, you all succeed, and the latter is unfortunately true as well.


How do you find these employees? There are a handful of traditional ways like posting them on Milwaukeejobs.com and Monster.com. However, there are plenty of other ways to meet local talent that may not be searching those sites. Check out these five creative ways to find employees locally:


  1. Attend the events that your future employees attend. There are local organizations that cater to almost every kind of professional in Milwaukee. If you’re looking for an entry or mid-level employee, consider a NEWaukee event, which are typically full of Milwaukee’s up-and-coming Gen Y’s. Check out the networking events at Gravity Marketing to meet a wide range of Milwaukee professionals.


A simple search of networking events in Milwaukee will produce a large number for you to think about. And be sure to join Meetup.com for a huge list of Milwaukee networking all in one place.


  1. Partner with local organizations to promote your listing. There are quite a few organizations in Milwaukee that have places that they will list local jobs. Keeping talent in the area is in everyone’s best interest! Here are a few places to start:


  1. Contact Career Services at a university to identify the entry-level rockstars. If you’re looking for an entry-level employee, posting your job with Career Services is the way to go. It’s totally free and you’ll likely get promotion on their website and on physical job boards throughout the campus. Contact UW-Milwaukee, Marquette, Alverno, Cardinal Stritch, MIAD, MATC or any of the number of smaller colleges in the area.


  1. When all else fails, post it on Craigslist. Craigslist is certainly an interesting place to interact with people, but I’ve found success hiring local talent on their job boards. Because Craigslist is so heavily trafficked, your post is sure to be seen and hopefully you’ll be contacted by some quality talent. Make sure you refresh your post every few days–or as much as Craigslist will let you–to stay at the top of the jobs listings.


Have you discovered any other creative ways to find and hire local talent? If so, we want to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below.


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Jackie Steinmetz



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