Sometimes you find yourself with open entry-level positions best suited for a recent college graduate. Recruiting a recent grad may seem easy, however it comes with its own set of issues. The candidate likely has no experience and possibly few or no references. How do you vet an applicant like this? Here are 4 tips to help you find a great fit for your entry-level opening.

Develop a Relationship With a University Program Head

It is in your best interest to develop a strong relationship with the department head or a professor at your local University. This contact can feed you the best candidates for internships and employment. In return you should invest time giving talks to classes and sharing your experience with their students. This can be a huge win-win relationship.

Be Picky About the University

Take a look at the local colleges and Universities around you and find one where their programs align with your needs. If you are located in a large metropolitan area you should identify two or more that fit your demands.

Work Your Social Media

Too many businesses try to rely on their social media platforms as a sales channel. In most cases this is not going to bring in new business, but it can give potential employees a view into your corporate culture. A social strategy that demonstrates your company as a desirable workplace can help you attract talent, particularly young talent. Sometimes it’s best to leave the selling to the salesforce and use social media for other business needs. It can be a reliable recruiting tool if used correctly.

Develop a Solid Internship Program

You’ve heard the old phrase “Try it before you buy it.” Having a solid internship program is a great way for you to apply this to your hiring. There is little commitment to hiring an intern, and when you find a good one it is simple to promote them into your full-time position. Additionally, promoting interns to full-time jobs will help you maintain the relationship you’ve cultivated with the department head at the college. You help them achieve success in getting their students hired, and in turn they’ll help you find more candidates in the future.

Danielle Foppe is a Recruitment Manager at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Danielle specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career contact us today.