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young, either fresh out of college, looking to establish a new career, or relocating to a new area. The newspaper want-ads are not an effective recruitment source for most of today’s applicants. Placing vacancy announcements online is more effective and economical than using most traditional formsof advertising.Ihiresocialservices.com (job site specializing in human services jobs(specializes in human services jobs lto the National Association of Social Workers website)– National Association of Black Social WorkersCampus Recruiting and Job FairsNeed to improveoverall applicant poolBoth professional and paraprofessional applicants can be effectively recruited at job fairs sponsored by state workforce development agencies. College recruiting can be a very effective method for attracting applicants for professional jobs.Send team of HR representative with an experienced social worker frontline supervisor to fairs – provides an opportunity for job seekersask both job specific and hiring process/benefits questions.Send an “ambassador” from the agency to classrooms of social wormajors to “guest lecture” or provide an agency overview.Schedule experienced employees or supervisors to speak on a “hotin the human services field at a brown bag luncheon at a local colleuniversity.University Partner-shipsNot enough applicants with specialized social work degreesDeveloping a variety of recruitment strategies with area universities, community colleges and Schools of Social Work to encourage students to pursue careers in the human services.Collaborate with university deans and professors to help generate sinterest in the field.Develop stipend program partially covering college tuition and otherexpenses of college students who agree to work for the human servagency for specified periods of time. (See an example by the KentuCabinet for Families and Children and ten university social work proTargeted Recruit-mentLack of diversity in targeted job/sYou may need a more diverse workforce thatbetter reflects the client population you serve. For example, you may need to recruit employees with specific language skills, or with specialized degrees (e.g., MSWs or Criminal Justice).Target community job fairs to increase diversity among new recruits. Seeexample by the El Paso County, Colorado, Department of Human Servicwho created a Diversity Coalition to recruit and retain minority staff. (see InternshipsNeed to improveoverall applicant poolInterns sometimes are paid a stipend, but in most instances interns are fulfilling an academic requirement of the college or university. Although supervisors and/or casework staff must spend time supervising and training interns, the potential payoff is having a “known” applicant who is familiar with agency operations.