Finding good candidates for open positions can sometimes feel like a black hole. You post a job and wait, and wait, but the right type of candidates apply. You’re probably thinking, there has to be a better way.  The good news is there is! Here are some tips to help you find the right candidate proactively rather than sitting and waiting for candidates to come to you:

  1. Search for resumes on and LinkedIn

Tapping into passive candidates can be a great way to improve your recruiting practices. One feature of allows you to sort through resumes of candidates who uploaded their resume, but have a job already. They may not be currently looking for an new position, but could be interested once their hear about your opportunity. You can also connect with prospective employees on LinkedIn by viewing their profiles. LinkedIn has a premium service where recruiters can message candidates they are interested in for positions and post jobs too.

  1. Ask employees to refer good candidates

Have your employees do the searching for you to help find great candidates. Your employees know the culture of your company, so they have an idea of the type of employee would be a good fit. Providing employee incentives such as a bonus after a hired employee completes their first six months can make it worth the current employee’s time to find a good candidate.

  1. Review applicants from past positions

Go back through the resumes of candidates who you had to pass up, even though they were great, because you did not have one more open position at the time. This can save you a lot of work since you may have already interviewed this candidate.

It never hurts to think outside of the box with new ideas when it comes to recruiting.  For more assistance and ideas with recruiting, contact You can also check out our Recruiting Toolkit here:  for even more tips and tricks.