Are You Attracting the Right Candidates? 6 Expert Tips

With a large amount of job seekers in the market and fierce competition from other companies, it can be tough to find the right recruits for your business. With that in mind, it is vital to be able to choose the right method to find the people who are the best fit for your organisation.

These days there are a lot of options available for recruiters. Consider the following six methods and choose the ones best for your business to cut through the white noise of the job market and make a successful appointment.

1. Use a specialist jobs board

Rather than advertising on huge jobs board like TotalJobs, you can get better quality responses from more specialised jobs boards. For example, a website like Engineer Board allows recruiters and companies to advertise directly to a market of engineers. You can further narrow down your field by only looking for applicants who have certain qualifications – something that these sites can filter out.

2. Headhunt through LinkedIn

You may have used LinkedIn for developing your network or professionals in the past. However, it can also be a valuable tool in recruitment. It allows you to find people with the right skills and approach them directly to see if they’d be interested in a role with your business. LinkedIn allows you to see the skills that people have – as well as the experiences, achievements and endorsements they have to back that up.

3. Advertise locally

An old one but a good one. Using older channels of communication like classified ads in newspapers or adverts on noticeboards can still be effective as many jobseekers still look at this as part of their search. Companies that need temporary workers or people who can start in a hurry might benefit from this as they’ll narrow their search to the local area.

4. Use your own website

Using your own website is a cheap and effective way of advertising your job vacancy. It also gives candidates no excuse not to have researched your company and have found out about your values and priorities. That should weed out some unsuitable applicants in its own right too.

5. Ask your employees

This is by far the easiest and cheapest method and is easily overlooked. If you have a trustworthy workforce you can ask them if they have any friends or ex-colleagues looking for work who might fit your role. Be careful of poaching though, as this article points out.

6. Leave it to the professionals

In business, it sometimes pays to leave some functions to the professionals. It’s fine to admit that recruitment isn’t your forte and leave some of the hard work to the people who know what they are doing.

General recruitment companies like Reed, Hays can be a big help to take this weight off your shoulders. Or more focussed companies like EduStaff, who only recruit for jobs in education, will be able to help you find the right candidate for your role and handle all the vetting and legal checks you might need.

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