Dear Career Doctor:
I have a small business in Larchmont and in a month might be able to hire somebody new (part-time or full- time). Is there a place on the internet (or somewhere you can recommend) where I can find local moms who might be interested?
Ooops. I put your letter in my electronic inbox and forgot it for a few months. Hopefully, now is the time that you need someone. Here are my suggestions, starting with the cheapest and easiest:
1. This column. You may have noticed that readers have started to add their comments to my answers, so if you want to add something about your job opening — or if people looking for jobs want to talk about their skills and availability — feel free. Just don’t blame me if things don’t work out!
2. Craig’s List: It costs $25 to list a job on Craig’s List, which is cheaper than the other job boards. This is the way that many young people find everything from used sofas to employment in Larchmont and everywhere else these days.
3. Local houses of worship: Ministers, priests and rabbis have been deluged with the problems of families who need jobs, so I suspect they would be happy to let you know who might be looking for your kind of work. If they can’t give you some names, they might be willing to let you put up a notice on their bulletin boards.
4. Classified ads in local print or online publications: You might think it’s strange that I haven’t suggested that you buy an ad in The Larchmont Gazette. While the Gazette sells ads, they no longer have a classified section because it was inundated with spam. While they search for software that allows them to offer free ads for local residents, check out ads in other local print or online publications.
PS: I wish you had told me what kind of help you are looking for and how to contact you. I would have spread the word around.