How do I find and recruit the right person for my business in the USA?

27/05/2016 | Posted by:

To have a presence in the US you need workers on the ground. Get the right people and it can transform your business. But hiring your first US worker can be a daunting step, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the cost and complexity. So what are your options?

Hire US Workers

Finding the right person: broad search or specialist recruiter?

The least expensive way to hire a worker in the USA is through general online job sites. Popular job search websites include Simply Hired, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn, Indeed and Monster. These help you reach the largest number of prospective candidates through a single post — but they are less effective in targeting precise criteria such as professional field or specialist skills. General sites do provide the advantage of a diverse audience, although your business can waste time filtering unsuitable applicants.

The alternative is an industry-specific recruiter. There’s a range of services that specialise in placing candidates in the biotech and life sciences industries. These recruiters will help you get to a shortlist of suitably qualified candidates, reducing the time and energy you spend on your job search.

But the cost of using a specialised recruiter is significant. Such services will usually cost 20 to 50% of the annual salary of the employee you are recruiting. Using a recruiting service can make financial sense if you are operating on a short timeline or are looking to hire an employee with specialised skills.

Winning them over

To win the best people for your business you need to compete hard. Creating an engaging and effective job posting is one of the most important steps in attracting and securing the right candidate. You’re asking someone with great prospects to make a life-changing decision, so your posting should go beyond the job spec and set out a compelling career proposition. In terms of the basics, the job spec should also at least include:

  • Description of job responsibility
  • Essential job functions
  • Desired education and experience

Take care also to avoid discriminatory language, which means saying anything that favors or disfavors an applicant on the grounds of race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. Using terms such as “recent college grad” or specifying age limits isn’t helpful and can also alienate potential talent.

Employing your first worker in the USA can be overwhelming. But for many businesses, getting a foothold in the world’s largest economy has proved to be a turning point.

If you are looking to hire a US employee for your European company in the US, Foothold America can help. We can guide and support you at every stage of the process, and ensure that hiring in the US is an exciting prospect and not a daunting one.