How small business owners find great workers

vbridges@newsobserver.comMarch 18, 2013 

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges spoke to small business owners and employees about how to find talented employees.

• “I get them to fill out an application (and list their) prior experience,” said David Salmon, manager of Earp’s Seafood, a retail seafood market that has been serving Raleigh since 1968. “If they tell me they cut fish, I carry them back in the cleaning room, and I will have them cut fish. … That will make them or break them.”

• “Generally through referrals and other sources, that being friends, colleagues and other businesses,” said Bobby Mann, chief operating officer of StorageMax, a self-storage business with five locations in Wake County.

• “It’s tough,” said David Finol, CEO and owner of David Loud & Technology, a store with locations in Raleigh and Cary that sells and installs audio, video and other electronics in vehicles. Finol said they have been looking for a couple of employees for about six months. Once Finol identifies a candidate, he will ask what they can do to a professional grade standard without any help. “Then we will put it to the test.”

• “We know so many mechanic places we have worked with in the past,” said Tony King, co-owner of Afford-A-Brake, an automotive repair business in Raleigh that specializes in brakes. “We call some of the local garages that we truly know and trust, and we’ll just ask” if they know somebody who has the skills they need.

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