Human Resource Assistance

Public Employment Services

A great first step in your recruitment plan is to contact the Employment Development Department, a State agency that can list jobs for you, pre-screen applicants, provide focused recruitment for new businesses that require a large number of specialized employees, and offer a host of other services. An easy way to use EDD is to access the CalJOBS website, a network that links employers with job seekers throughout California. Here you can post job openings and search resumes that job seekers have posted. You can also request EDD's assistance in identifying and referring qualified candidates. In this instance, an EDD employee would search the CalJOBS resume bank on your behalf and contact qualified applicants to discuss the job and provide referral instructions.

EDD's website lets you download job listing forms which you can print out and fax back to EDD's Job Service office in Eureka, at 707-444-3138. The website also contains brochures with more information about EDD's services.

Schools and Career Centers

Schools are great places to find talented, motivated employees. You can try posting job openings on bulletin boards at local high schools or colleges. Contact the school's guidance office or career center to ask permission. While you're there, tell a counselor what kind of work you have available-- they might be able to give you an on-the-spot referral. The best time to place job openings is in the spring, when students begin to look for summer work (though you shouldn't limit yourself to this time frame, as many students work year-round.)

Many schools also host job fairs, where employers can set up tables and meet with students face to face. These are often held in Spring.

Humboldt State University's Career Center
Nelson Hall West
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-3341
Fax: (707) 826-5473

HSU's Career Center website lets you print out a job listing form via the Internet; you can fill out the form and fax it back to their office. They'll post the job opening on their job seekers' website and in their Career Center office. HSU accepts postings for part-time, summer, temporary, and full-time positions. You may want to ask about Work-Study, a financial aid program that reimburses employers for hiring qualifying students. In order to qualify for Work-Study, the position must meet certain criteria; generally, jobs must be career-related or in the public interest. HSU also allows employers to conduct on-campus recruiting, and invites employers to set up a table at the Career Day, which is held each December. There is no charge for using HSU's recruiting services.

College of the Redwoods Career Center (open to the public)
7351 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 476-4159
(707) 476-4412

You can use CR's Career Center to post free job listings (which you can fax, email, call in, or mail); hire a CalWORKS student in a program that reimburses you for 50% of the student's wages (or 75% for non-profits) during training in exchange for the on-the-job training you provide; or get direct referrals from the staff.

Private Employment Agencies

Private employment agencies typically recruit employees to meet the specific needs and requirements you specify. They will pre-screen all applicants and conduct initial interviews-- all you need to do is conduct final interviews and decide when to hire. These agencies typically charge a fee, so make sure to inquire about the cost when you contact them.

Express Professionals
14 W. Wabash Ave.
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 268-1866
Fax: (707) 268-1862

Sequoia Personnel
2930 E Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-9641
Fax: (707) 443-5627
Out of the area: 1-800-449-5627


Word-of-mouth is one of the best ways to advertise a job opening. Just about everyone knows potential job candidates, and getting referrals from friends and acquaintances is usually a very productive and efficient way to find help. You could ask friends, acquaintances, previous employees, neighbors, or fellow businesspeople whether they know of any qualified candidates looking for work. Chances are, they'll put you in touch with high-quality candidates you'd enjoy working with.