The words ‘sourcing’, ‘interviewing’ and ‘hiring’ are enough to make most managers involved with recruitment want to face-palm, whilst fighting furiously to retain a professional exterior. You’re a specialist, an industry-expert, you’re good at what you do. Yet, every once in a while the bulbous monster of Recruitment decides it needs some attention, and you’re left trying to give it some brain-space whilst actually doing your job.
Ridiculously, this is one specialist area of business that non-specialists are meant to take on, run with alongside their real cost-generating concerns, and come out with smiling, having got exactly the right Joe Bloggs who is a perfect fit, aptly experienced, and a pretty nice fella to boot. But there’s a big avenue being under-used at present, which could make your life a good bit easier: the world of Online Recruitment. And it’s not scary and it won’t leave you wanting to face-palm, we promise.
If you’re lucky you might have some HR bods on hand, willing to guide and direct and take some of the leg-work out of the recruitment process for you. But even if you have, at the end of the day it’s you who knows the role you’re looking to fill. You know the nitty-gritty of what criteria are essential, and what are less important. You know the intricacies of your team, and that Margot just isn’t going to be productive if she’s got to hand-hold another new recruit who has no initiative, and despite saying they have 5 years’ relevant experience, in reality, don’t know which way is up. These are issues that can easily be eliminated at the recruitment stage, but how?
Online Recruitment takes the marketplace of jobs and candidates and spreads the net wider and deeper. It doesn’t matter if you’re a candidate or an employer, if you’re not embracing web-based recruitment avenues, you’re as good as a dinosaur. And given they don’t have opposable thumbs, that’s going to leave you out in the cold. If you’re looking for the next stage in your career, you need to be internet-savvy, making sure your internet ‘profile’ (not just an individual Linkedin one) is up to date, seamlessly tells the correct professional story of who you are, what you’ve done and where you’re going. For employers, you need to realise that the best candidates are the ones who know this is the market-place of choice. The internet is where you’re going to find the best candidates at the lowest cost. Smart, financial sense. No face-palms.
We’re going to focus on the Employer here. Online Recruitment, when utilised correctly and holistically, is indispensable. Once you’ve tried it, chances are you’re going to wonder what took you so long, and why you still insisted on getting that Milk Round Graduate Ad to deadline when you were in danger of cutting corners on a deal that actually paid.
The benefits of Online Recruitment are enormous. The above is just a taster. For a detailed look at the real benefits, both in terms of time and hassle, take a look at Net Recruit’s useful and informative ‘Online Recruitment Explained’. It makes perfect sense to ensure that you get to keep on being the specialist money-earner that you are, whilst someone else saves you money on your recruitment strategy.
So, no more face-palms when you hear the words ‘sourcing’, ‘interviewing’, or ‘hiring’. Log on, and let someone else get your recruitment ducks in a row for you. You can include as much or as little in the online recruitment process as you like: from advert-creation to posting; first-line screening to telephone screening; interview processes to offer management. Don’t be a dinosaur and don’t make life harder for yourself, embrace Online Recruitment.
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