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Tips on Recruiting Students

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Recruiting students at your business or organization can benefit not only students, but your company as well.

It can help increase your brand by showing other companies that you take an interest in hiring a wide range of employees at different ages and experience levels. It shows students that you’re the type of company that likes to help students grow. Hiring students can also help departments within your company during busier times of the year.

Got you thinking more about hiring students? Below are a few tips to help you get started.

1. Utilize databases.

Searching for resumes through job boards are a great way to look for student candidates. You can easily search for job seekers based off categories like education, location, industry, volunteer work, co-op studies, etc.

To help start you off, you can search through our database of resumes here.

2. Post your openings on social media platforms.

When marketing positions to students, you have to think about where they will most likely search for jobs. Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are a great way to reach this specific demographic.

LinkedIn is a good option too, however if you’re looking to fill a high school co-op position, you’ll find they are less likely to use this platform. Typically, it isn’t until they reach college or university that they start thinking about using LinkedIn more to network with like-minded professionals.

3. Give referral bonuses.

Within your company or organization, you can offer what’s called a referral bonus. This is an incentive program that encourages employees to help recruit candidates. Let your employees know that you’re looking to fill a couple of student positions and reward them if they find you great candidates.

4. Reach out to schools.

Get in touch with local high schools, colleges, and universities. You may be able to make connections through its internship or co-op programs.

You can also attend job fairs at local schools to meet with potential candidates.

5. Use visuals.

To help market your company or organization to students, make your content more visual – take pictures, include video, etc. It’s a great way to show off your company culture and attract students.

6. Take advantage of government programing.

These programs, like the Canada Summer Jobs Program, offer many benefits for businesses and organizations.

For more tips you can check out Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA, President of discuss this topic more here.

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