Best Practice Online Recruitment

Best Practice Online Recruitment






Online recruiting overview

When looking to recruit new workers let's look at the use of online recruitment options sites that will not only save you time but also help find the best job candidates from the widest pool of talent. You'll benefit by having great new employees. This is the first in our series of articles focusing on using online recruiting to improve recruitment within your business.

The prospect of recruiting new employees itself can seem a huge and daunting task so one of the best ways to help you is to use your both your own website and third party recruitment agency sites. This will save you not only time but will also help you get the best job candidates from a wide pool of talent.

Online recruiting is a natural part of all the best recruitment strategies these days, and, despite what some people might think, the best online recruiting practises aren't just used to find junior staff to fill low-level positions - it's perfectly possible and the norm within many organisations to carry out successful executive recruitment online. The only ‘filter' which applies to online applicants is that will have some basic computer literacy skills which can only be a good thing anyway given that so much of what we do at work these days involves a computer. That aside they'll be just like any other group of applicants.

Online recruitment is a huge field these days and comprises many different elements. Looking at the three main elements we have direct recruitment via your own website, the use of job boards or online job sites, the use of recruitment agencies via the internet.

Looking at direct recruitment, this is about you finding candidates direct, thus avoiding third party recruitment partners.  There are three main benefits to this, the first is cost which can be substantial if you do a lot of recruitment since you do not have to pay advertising or finder fees.  The second is that candidates who apply will be interested in working for you since they have searched you out and applied for a role.  And finally the third is that it contributes to building your employer brand and reputation and thus makes recruitment easier.  The cost of enabling direct online recruitment need not be high but the ability to attract candidates can be hard work and not particularly viable if you are a small employer with infrequent vacancies.

Online job sites or job boards are the next source and they are essentially sites which hold lots of vacancies - often on behalf of both recruitment agencies and employers.  The process is much like placing a press advert - you advertise your role, and candidates apply which you screen, shortlist, interview, select and appoint.

Recruitment agencies pretty much always have an online presence.  They use their sites to advertise jobs and attract candidates for vacancies they have been commissioned to fill and they also build up candidate databases which they can search on your behalf.

The rest of this series looks at these and other aspects of online recruitment in more detail.

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