WorkBC Jobs is a free, comprehensive job site that allows employers to post jobs, create an employer profile and connect with job seekers in B.C. After posting a job offer online, job seekers will be able to contact you the next day, so it's a good idea to have a screening strategy in place.
Additional Job Sites
You can use the following resources to help you to further extend your search for job candidates.
Check out WorkBC's B.C. Industry Association Job Boards page. It contains links to numerous industry specific job sites to help you find workers for specific jobs.
The Job Bank for Employers is a free federal service job matching tool that allows employers to post jobs and search for candidates in B.C. and the rest of Canada. This service also provides information on HR management.
You can also connect with job seekers through the employer sections of Workapedia's recommended job sites.
To get the hiring process started, new employers might find it helpful to take the Building Small Businesses Human Resources Quiz, which is designed to provide businesses with helpful information and resources to help them successfully recruit and retain workers. At the end of the quiz, you will have the opportunity to develop action plans for the areas you want to concentrate on.
Planning for Recruitment
In addition to finding the right employee, a recruiting strategy is important because poor recruitment will cost you time and money. The go2 website outlines key steps in planning your recruitment that include:
- determining your recruitment goals
- reviewing job descriptions
- people-finding strategies
- alternative labour pools
- honing your interview technique
WorkBC's Employer's Tool Kit booklet on How to Attract, Retain and Engage Employees also covers recruitment strategies designed to ensure an influx of talented employees.
If hiring someone seems too expensive, take a look at some of the employment programs available through WorkBC Employment Services Centres. They are located across the province and offer client-centred, integrated services and supports that are responsive, inclusive and accessible. The purpose of the centres is to support British Columbians in getting —and keeping – a job as quickly as possible.
Assessing and Selecting Job Candidates
As an employer you may find the process of screening and selecting candidates challenging. Visit Service Canada’s Planning to Hire page for a step-by-step guide on how to screen, interview, perform candidate assessments, and more.
Also be sure to read the Canadian Human Rights Commission's Guide to Screening and Selection in Employment. It contains information about equity and other delicate considerations you must take into account when assessing candidates.
At some point during the hiring process you will likely contact the candidate's references to learn about their past employment performance. For tips on what to ask and how to get the most out of a reference check see: Conducting Effective Reference Checks.
New employees may also have to get a criminal record check, depending on the nature of the work they will perform for your organization. This is mandatory for employees who work with children and may be required for those who work the elderly, disabled or other vulnerable people. For more information see Criminal Record Checks.
Hiring from diverse groups within the population gives you the benefit of a fresh viewpoint and wider connections in the community. WorkBC's Employers Tool Kit has three additional booklets that include information on:
Also checkout WorkBC's B.C. Labour Market Programs Inventory
which lists a range of programs and services to match employers with workers. These programs include wage subsidies, hiring incentives and/or training allowances.