Recruiters are constantly asked to do more with less bandwidth, and 2017 is no exception. This year, many companies will be increase their hiring volumes, but they also admit they won’t be adding more recruiting headcount to shoulder the larger workload.
This means recruiters are going to have to be even smarter and more efficient when it comes to finding those candidates. Here are 3 ways recruiters can find the elusive perfect candidate:
Network Outside the box:
When you expand your network, you expand reach – this allows you to connect to candidates you normally wouldn’t come across, which in turn furthers opportunities to make the perfect match. Linkedin is still the number 1 networking site, when it comes to find prospective candidates. But if Linkedin is the only networking site you use, then you are missing out on a lot of potential candidates. A lot of candidates are pulling their profiles off Linkedin, so start using other social media networks. Also, consider hosting an offline networking event to meet local talent. These events can be low-key, and they don’t necessarily have to be about recruiting.
Expand Your Knowledge of Positions, Companies and Industries:
One of the biggest complaints candidates have about recruiters is that they pitch jobs without knowing much about the position or the company. This true of both 3rdparty and corporate recruiters. Before pitching a position to a candidate, aim to learn as much as you can about the job and company, including things like team size, current projects, the hiring manager’s work style and company benefits. If you recruit in a specific industry, try to know as much as you can about that industry.
Write better Job Descriptions
Job descriptions are often vague, and too frequently resemble a long laundry list of requirements and qualifications – they rarely go into detail about what the day-today of job entails. The best job descriptions are the ones that are written for the candidate, allowing them to learn about how they can contribute to the company and play a role in a set of projects and initiatives. They also allow the candidate to firmly grasp what their working life will be doing under that particular job.
This article was first communicated by The Undercover Recruiter.
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