5 recruitment mistakes you could be making (and how to avoid them)
In today’s job market, candidates hold more power than ever before. For recruiters, this means more pressure to impress job hunters and make the hire quickly and efficiently. But are you doing everything you possibly can to stand-out from the competition and recruit the best talent?
According to data from CV-Library, poor hiring decisions can cost businesses up to £15,000 a year. What’s more, candidates are admitting that there are certain areas that put them off applying for jobs. Below, we explain the 5 recruitment mistakes that you could be making and how you can avoid them.
Poorly constructed job adverts
A staggering 94.7% of candidates say they’re more likely to apply for a role that has a clear job description. And who can blame them? A well-written job advert will naturally be more inviting because it clearly outlines who your company is, why you are hiring and what the position involves.
Follow this format and you’ll stand a better chance of boosting your application rates. This involves bullet pointing out the key responsibilities of the role, as well as the key skills and qualifications needed. You should round off the job advert with a quick mention of what the candidate can gain from working for you – this is also a good opportunity to shout about any workplace perks you offer your employees.
Lengthy application process
It’s important to remember that your job advert and application process are the first impression a candidate will have of your company. Therefore, you need to make it as engaging as possible. Think about your application process: how long is it? Is it easy to navigate? What are candidates required to do?
What’s more, think about the fact that more candidates are searching and applying for jobs on mobile. If they aren’t able to apply for your roles through their devices, they may end up abandoning the entire application. Think about how you can make it more efficient. Do you need so many screening questions? What information do you really want to gain in the initial stages?
Too many interviews
Research tells us that a lengthy recruitment process puts off candidates. While it’s important to ensure that you have an effective screening process, consider how multi-stage interviews may be viewed by candidates. For example, do you require a candidate to complete a telephone interview, an initial face-to-face interview, a second interview, and a final interview?
This may be necessary for some roles, particularly more senior positions. However, you should be able to get a good idea of how suitable a candidate will be from a telephone interview and a face-to-face meeting. If your hiring process has too many stages for candidates, they may become impatient, or get snapped up by someone else.
Slow response rate
How quickly are you getting back to candidates? In such a competitive market, you can’t afford to take weeks deciding on whether you want to hire someone or not. Nowadays, it’s likely that job hunters will be juggling multiple offers. Therefore, it’s important to feedback to candidates in a timely manner.
What’s more, even if you aren’t going to offer someone the job, keep them updated and provide constructive feedback. Employer branding is extremely important in today’s labour market and you need to make a good impression.
Offer the best package
Last, but not least, consider the packages that you’re offering to candidates. Are you making an offer they can’t refuse? As mentioned earlier, the market is competitive, so you need to stay on top of what your competitors are offering and really think about what will set you apart from the crowd.
Overall, it’s clear that there are certain areas which could be affecting your recruitment efforts. Getting the hiring process right is extremely important and certainly worth the investment. Especially if you want to attract the best talent in 2018.
Author: CV-Library – The UK’s leading independent job board https://www.cv-library.co.uk/
Could Flat Fee Recruitment Benefit Your Business?
Flat Fee Recruitment – Is It Right for You?
We do everything online now, from shopping for groceries, to banking and booking holidays. Recruiting the ideal candidate with our Flat Fee Recruitment Model is no different.
The Job Market has changed drastically, and has consequently made way for more cost effective recruitment strategies.
How Does It Work?
Flat Fee Recruitment uses a model in which companies pay a recruitment agency a fixed fee to find successful candidates.
Net-Recruit utilise the UKs Premium Job Boards, to ensure maximum exposure for all of your vacancies. Furthermore, Social Media also plays a big part.
Flat Fee Recruitment is an affordable option for employers who would prefer to spend their budget in other areas. There are no hidden costs, no commission and almost no risk.
With the introduction of Mobile Apps, candidates have never found it easier to search for jobs. Any vacancy can be viewed by millions within minutes. In today’s times, where everything is on-the-go, job seekers need to have constant and quick access to their networks as well as the latest jobs advertised.
As a result, candidates can now apply for a position with 1 click!
Net-Recruit Are Here To Help
Besides the online advertising, our recruitment experts will also conduct searches across all Social Media platforms, and CV Databases, to find the perfect candidate.
All of the applications will be manually reviewed by a skilled member of our team, and uploaded to our bespoke Online Portal for you to monitor. As a result, the hiring manager will receive full visibility of the campaign. In addition, you can make notes and generate a shortlist.
Why not try Flat Fee Recruitment today?
Any new customer to Net-Recruit can trial the service for an Introductory Rate of £399, and fill any vacancy with the minimum of fuss.
Job Boards. The Simplest and most straight-forward recruitment strategy, yes? Well, not quite. They are tempting, and an easy Go To Recruitment starting point, but knowing how to utilise them to your advantage can be a tall order. This is a HR Manager’s Guide to Job Board Advertising, and how to get it right.
Business Benefits of Online Job Board Advertising
The business benefits of using online job boards are alluring to say the least. This article gives an excellent run down from a Recruiter’s Perspective: what’s good about job boards, the business benefits, and how to maximise their potential. The business benefits include:
- Online is the Place to Be: without a doubt, recruitment in 2016 is heavily reliant on the internet, therefore making sure you have an Employer’s Presence on the best job boards makes sound sense.
- Candidates Start Here: you only need to look at the odd article aimed at candidates, such as this one, to know that the most active candidates start their search here, having typed in a generic Google phrase. The candidates scour them, and the savviest of candidates know how to play the Job Board game, so if you’re not to miss out, you need to be there.
- Speed is of the Essence: with a quick click of the mouse and a few completed form fields, your vacancy is up, being advertised, and reaching out to candidates. It doesn’t get much faster than a Job Board. Time feels efficient because within minutes you’re accessing candidates.
- Ease of Use: When you have a million other tasks demanding your attention, job boards are easy because they are simple and straightforward to use.
- Money Matters: Recruitment Budgets are often being squeezed. A Job Board advertisement is one of the cheapest options on the Recruitment Market, or at least the upfront costs are known, quantifiable and low.
- You’re in Control: When you place the Job Board advert, the applications are going to come flooding into you. You know what you’re looking for, so post accordingly, and can filter accordingly. The leg work is down to you, so you can stay in control.
- Employer Branding Online: Utilising Job Boards can be a good way of getting your name out there about the type of employer you are, the roles you offer, and generally beefing up your image and Employer Branding.
- Linking to Social Media and Other Strategies: Job Boards are easy to link to your Social Media accounts and any other recruitment strategies you have. This makes a more holistic approach to recruitment.
Top Tips on Choosing the Right Job Board for Your Business
The problem starts when you realise that there are literally thousands of Job Boards out there. But not all Job Boards are created equal. There can be enormous variations from one board to another, and simply ‘dumping’ your post on a random choice is not going to come up with the goods: real, high-calibre candidates. Choosing the right Job Board ensures you attract the right candidates for your vacancy. After all, one high calibre well-experienced and accurately qualified candidate is better than a thousand inappropriate ones. So how do you pick the right one?
- Change Your Hat: Take of your HR Recruiting hat and put on the hat of a candidate. Think as they would think. Where would you start our new job search? Knowing the most savvy candidates, you’re likely to start with a quick Google search. So do this, see which job boards come up on the first page of results for jobs in the area you’re looking for.
- Think About Your Needs: Don’t just dive in but give some care and thought to your recruitment needs. Are you after a specialist or a generalist? Are you after someone with 10 years’ experience or a new graduate? Identify your needs and use this to hone your search.
- Location, Location, Location: Are you looking for a local recruit or are you casting your net wider to the global market?
- Your Niche: Understand and know your business niche. Which job boards cater to this?
- Identify the Top Boards: Now you should have a handful of ‘nearly’ appropriate job boards to choose from. Now is the time to compare them to one another by looking at factors such as site performance and traffic, and therefore narrow your choices down.
- Select the Job Board for You: Once you’ve done the above groundwork, you should have a good idea about which job board is best for you as a HR Manager. Now you can draft your post, fill in the online form, pay the sum, and get cracking.
For more top tips on how to choose the best Job Board for you, check out this Webinar.
Sounds Easy & Cheap
Job Boards do sound easy and cheap, but in reality things are necessarily all they are cracked up to be. Whilst your initial outlay may be low, chances are you’ll be paying a heavier price in the long run when other costs mount up (whether these be due to your time, or indirect recruitment costs such as losing a new recruit early on). Even assuming you identify the right job board for your vacancy first time from the thousands out there, you are still going to be a needle in a haystack. The right candidates finding you will still be largely down to luck. On top of this, you’ve just given your Inbox carte blanche to send you crazy. You will be inundated with candidates. Sifting through them to find exactly the right ones, the ones who do truly meet your criteria is going to take a great deal of time and effort.
Is There Another Way?
For savvy HR Managers there most certainly is. Whilst Recruitment Agencies can bring a higher upfront cost, they definitely bring a personalised and confidential service bringing you the very best pre-qualified candidates whilst honing your employer branding. They are time efficient and cost effective. Nonetheless, Recruitment Agencies can have a bad rap. That’s why Net Recruit is different. We offer a Campaign Builder package that allows you to know exactly what you’re spending and what you’re getting. The result: affordable high quality recruitment, for each and every vacancy, within the Job Board headache.
Recruiters typically have full days, with plate spinning and priorities to juggle galore. Without some well thought out and aptly managed house-keeping it won’t take long before the House of Cards comes tumbling down. If you’re not up to scratch as a Recruiter there’s always another waiting in the wings, so it matters that you’re on the game and proactive at being successful. So how do the most successful recruiters ensure they keep their house ship shape and spick and span? We’ve compiled our favourite recruitment tips below to get you started.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
There’s a good reason this article is about what smart recruiters do in the morning. Simply put, utilising the time before work and before the rest of your office has had their morning caffeine shot is the key to giving you the edge for success.
Early rising is a common trait found among the vast majority of successful people from politicians, including prime ministers and presidents, to entrepreneurs. You may not think much of Maggie Thatcher’s politics, but the Iron Lady was an early bird and there’s no doubting she got things done with focus and determination. Successful characters are known for their dawn-raids giving them a head start over the later sleepers.
Morning people are more proactive and, essentially, more productive. By carefully having a Morning Plan of Attack, you can become a smart recruiter by employing these top five good house-keeping for recruiters tips. So before you press snooze again and turn over for another 15 minutes’ slumber, think wisely about how this morning slot could make or break you as a successful recruiter.
#1 – Plan, Plan, Plan
By using the lull before the storm to make a map of your day, a detailed plan, you can take some of the thunder out of the storm itself when it hits. By making a daily plan and using it to keep on track throughout the day means you are more likely to realise your goals. Reflection is easier first thing in the morning after a good night’s sleep, so one of your first priorities of the morning should be to reflect on what needs doing, work out your recruitment priorities, and make the most of the uninterrupted problem-solving time.
Importantly, you need to commit the plan to paper (or the electronic equivalent!) that can serve as both a checklist and a motivational tool. If you haven’t got one already, consider using a free app like Any.do to help you organise and manage your day. Advance organisation cuts wasted time later on. Don’t forget to plan in breaks – well-rested recruiters are better recruiters.
#2 – Make Your Day Top Heavy
When making your map of the day using your Early Bird time, make sure you load tasks and actions into your schedule in a top-down way. Make sure the meatier, harder tasks are up there at the start of the day. Why? Because by getting the hardest tasks done first you use the best of yourself for the trickiest elements of your job. Additionally, it doesn’t loom over you giving you a sense of doom to you for the whole day. And, last but not least, tough tasks are guilty of being procrastination generators.
It’s amazing how much time you can ‘waste’ in a bid to avoid the real task. Therefore, if you’ve got a tricky customer to call, or a report to write, schedule it in for first thing on your list. This means that as your day goes on you are rewarded with the easier and more mindless tasks when you don’t necessarily need to be at optimal best.
#3 – Visualisation
Entrepreneur.com assert that all the most successful Entrepreneurs have one trait in common: visualisation. By focussing on and seeing yourself achieving your goals, you are more likely to actually achieve them. By taking a cheeky 10 minutes to hone your visualisation skills, you are actively driving your success. There’s nothing “woo” about it if it means you have the cutting edge. For handy tips on how to get started with visualisation techniques check out these ideas.
#4 – Stay Ahead of the Game
When you work in Recruitment life gets a tad full. It’s easy to spend all your time on the minutiae of individual jobs and necessary fire-fighting and the endless tennis game of communications and lose sight of the bigger picture of your industry. For successful recruiters, it is essential to spend a short part of your morning routine keeping abreast of your industry. Read articles and news pertaining to your business so that you can follow and predict trends.
Winning and influencing people, which is essentially the prime aim of Recruitment, requires knowledge and information that can be rapidly out of date if you don’t stay ahead of the game. Additionally, nurture and spend time on mentor relationships, enabling you to learn from the best of the best. Lifehack believe another trait in common among successful people is having and utilising mentor relationships.
#5 – Be Social
Finally, part of your Early Bird Catches The Worm approach should include making time for your Social Media body scan, as well as analysing job boards and client websites to find out information but also to show your visibility and presence. By connecting and reconnecting with your network you build the links to take you from a good recruiter to an excellent recruiter.
Smart Recruiters know that by taking a little time first thing every day, for a spot of house-keeping following the above tips, then their day will flow more productively and success will follow as a natural by-product. The difference between average and able is the ability to approach the day with planning, purpose and being on the second lap whilst your competitors are still on their starting blocks. Be proactive with your day, not reactive, and you’ll have those plates spinning in sync in no time…and a solid house of cards that won’t fall the minute a new candidate so much as breathes in your direction.
It’s no secret that the UK Recruitment Industry is booming. Piggy backing on a strong UK economy, a recent study concluded that sales for the top 100 recruitment companies were up by more than 10% compared to the previous year.
Whilst business is booming, so is the demand for a solid Online Recruitment Software. The market is flooded with options when it comes to choosing the right software, so with this article we aim to provide an insight into some of the most desirable features.
Flat Fee Recruitment does exactly what it says on the tin; Outsourced Recruitment which is charged for as a basic upfront fee rather than as a percentage of salary for services rendered after an appointment has been made.
The reason that many companies choose to go down this Flat Fee Recruitment route rather than using a traditional recruiter is usually to do with cost: a typical Flat Fee Recruiter will be able to buy job credits from numerous job boards at a fraction of the cost an employer could do for a single vacancy and in most cases will pass some of the savings on to the recruiting company.
Advantages of Flat Fee Recruitment
A job vacancies posting purchased through a Flat Fee Recruiter will usually be placed on to numerous job boards at a cost which is similar to the fee an employer would be charged to place their vacancy on to a single job board; this makes it a very attractive proposition if price is your sole concern.
Another advantage to Flat Fee Recruitment for employers who have multiple positions to fill is that if you have to find, for instance, five Sales Executives, you should be able to fill these positions with just one advertisement and only pay the up-front fee, provided enough good applicants come through of course. If you were to fill these five Sales Executive roles through a traditional recruiter it would cost considerably more.
Separate The Wheat From The Chaff
The downside to Flat Fee Recruitment is that if your advertisement doesn’t attract the right kind of applicant then there isn’t really a comeback, you’ve already paid for the advertising so if it doesn’t work then you will have to pay again and will still not be sure you will fill your position; although of course, this could happen if an employer were to place their vacancy direct with a job board themselves.
Is Flat Fee for me?
The Flat Fee proposition can be a good one if you are looking to get a job live quickly and can afford to wait if it doesn’t work out the first time the role is posted; if however you need to make sure the right person is in position from the word go then it’s probably advisable to seek the help of a traditional recruitment agency or one of the few companies like Net-Recruit who provide a hybrid service which hopefully gives our customers more choice and control of their recruitment campaigns.
Hopefully the information above will be of some help to those of you who are thinking of dipping your toes in to the world of online recruitment for the first time and will help clarify a few things for those of you who recruit online regularly but have always used a Job Board directly of have used a traditional Recruitment Agency.
If you wish to know more about how we conduct our business here at Net-Recruit please have a look at our article entitled Online Recruitment Explained.
For people who are new to the online recruitment industry there can often be confusion around the subject especially when it comes to identifying the main benefits in comparison to more traditional recruitment methods.
Being experts in the field, the benefits are clear to us here at Net-Recruit! This is why we’ve put together the following list which demonstrates how an online recruitment campaign can benefit your business next time you need to recruit new staff.
It saves you time
If like most busy professionals you barely have the time to get your daily tasks completed, finding additional time to recruit new staff can be difficult if not impossible. After the initial setup and consultation an online recruitment campaign lets you put your recruitment efforts on auto-pilot. Each aspect of the campaign is skilfully handled by a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about finding the right candidates for your requirements in the most efficient manner.
It saves you money
With one simple fixed fee, an online recruitment campaign ensures that you won’t be going over budget next time you need to recruit. Some recruitment companies also offer a free re-run of the campaign if a candidate isn’t found in time or they don’t quite fit the bill!
It helps you find the right candidates for the job
Based on a provided criteria, each candidate who applies for your position manually has their C.V. screened by specially trained staff which results in those that do not match the specification being discarded from the pool of suitable candidates. Also, for an additional charge but highly worth it the best recruitment agencies will also conduct a Pre-interview questionnaire and perform psychometric tests which increases the chances of finding the very best candidate for the role.
So there you have it an overview of the primary reasons as to why online recruitment can benefit your business. If you’re still unsure or just curious, be sure to check out our online recruitment bible which takes a further look into the industry as a whole.
Conducting an online recruitment campaign can be a time consuming and laborious process, human resources managers can often be responsible for dozens of tasks and processes along the way. Therefore, organisation is key so we have compiled a list of some of the most useful smartphone apps available to help you get organised and increase your daily productivity.
A must-have app for anyone who forgets stuff, Evernote ensures you’ll remember upcoming events, project deadline dates and any other important things you need to remember in your busy life. Evernote is cloud based and allows you to create notes in text, audio and in image format allowing you to keep all your important snippets of information organised and accessible whereever you are.
Skype is a wonderful and free, cross platform app which enables users to connect via Instant Messaging, Video Calls and Voice Calls. Using the built-in hardware on your smartphone you can easily setup one-to-one video calls with potential interviewees or your recruitment company to ask further questions or provide feedback. Or if you prefer you can get your fingers involved and start an Instant Messaging chat with your colleague to talk about important business matters, this options allows you to quickly send and share files with each other too.
If you’ve ever received an email containing a .pdf or word document whilst commuting you’ll know what a pain it can be to open such a file with the built in software on your smartphone. Luckily for you with this neat app all your problems are over! Not only can you view received files FileApp will also store practically any type of file including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint Office documents on your smart phone. Great for viewing candidate C.Vs on whilst on the move!
A great site with an accompanying app, LinkedIn allows you to connect with professional colleagues past future and present. Not only can you network with these contacts but you can also join groups which are full of like minded people discussing relevant topics. LinkedIn is also a great way to source potential recruits, you can quite easily search the sites user base for keywords, qualifications and interests to gather a pool of potential candidates to fill your next role
The app for people who love making lists! With a stunning interface the concept is simple, simply set your schedule by adding items to each day of the week and tick them off as you get them done. If you don’t manage to get them done no problem, your unfinished to-dos will simply rollover to the next day and so on… If your not one for sticking to a daily routine you can also create custom boards for your groceries or reading lists etc
Getting a CV together can become quite a time consuming task, often requiring careful thought and planning to be sure that it is relevant and targeted towards the position you are applying for. Therefore, to help with your next online recruitment application we’ve put together a compilation of the best online CV generators along with their main advantages, which can help you quickly and easily construct and refine a CV in no time.
A nice looking site which allows you to create professional resumes in minutes for free.
CV template samples e.g. Executive, Elegant, Bold, Literature – If you’re in a rush these can be a real timesaver, however, don’t rely on them too heavily as they are generic looking and it may come across to a potential employer that you havn’t put much effort into your application.
User account and storage – A notable advantage of CVmaker is the fact that it allows you to create an account and save the progress of your CV for you to resume at a later date.
A super slick and easy site which allows you to create a professional CV in minutes!
Download in Word or PDF formats – Easily export your CV in in Microsoft Word format or publish as a PDF document.
Step-by-step expert help & example content – A real game winner of this site is the practical guidance, illustrations, keywords and power-phrases it provides you throughout the entire process, making the process of crafting your CV a lot easier and painless.
With it simple steps and well designed layout this is the easiest site to use and get your CV up and running!
Simple steps – Broken down into an Introduction, Basics, Education, Jobs and Skills the site has no further distractions, allowing you to get to work with creating your CV quickly and easily.
Up and running in 5 minutes – Claiming to have the perfect CV generated in 5 minutes, can you afford not to give it a try?
Social media is everywhere these days, there is simply no avoiding it, some people may see this an an annoyance, but it also has it’s uses – one such use could be finding your next job a recent study revealed that 1 in 6 workers use social media to get hired…
We have compiled a collection of the best online recruitment tools available which you can start using right away to help you on your quest of obtaining your dream job. The tools we will be covering include twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.
Find a job using twitter
Twitter is commonly referred to as a micro-blogging platform which allows registered users to ‘tweet’ 140 character statuses to their followers and as of Tuesday 15 May 2012 the site had 10m users. Thus, making it an ideal place to scout for new vacancies and follow influential people within your industry.
One way to find a job using twitter can be to use the social networking site’s inbuilt search engine – try searching for the hashtag of your industry prepended by the word ‘jobs’ e.g. enter #manufacturing jobs or #manufacturingjobs and you will more than likely be served with dozens, if not hundred of the latest recruitment vacancies in your sector of interest.
If you already have your mind set on working for a particular company, you should follow them on twitter. It doesn’t cost a thing and provides you with an instant insight into their world and along with that you will be the first to hear about their latest news, updates and hopefully… vacancies.
There are also a number of third party websites which have been setup for the sole person of searching and filtering through twitters vast amount of tweets, helping you filter out only the relevant ones e.g by sector or location. A popular twitter job search site is – http://www.twitjobsearch.com/
Find a job using Facebook
Facebook is one of the worlds leading social networking site which enables people to connect with friends and others who work, study and live nearby. The most popular use for Facebook is to keep in touch with friends, post links and share photos with each other. But Facebook shouldn’t just be limited to social purposes, it can also be a useful tool for finding a job as recent studies suggest that 50% of job hunters in 2011 used facebook to find a job.
To get started with finding a job on facebook be sure to “Like” as many prospective companies from within your sector. By liking a company page, you are now exposed to recent news and job openings directly on your Facebook feed. Next, for this to work you need to start participating in conversations by commenting on interesting posts which will, in turn increase your visibility with employees at the company. Also, as the company shares their trends and happenings with you, you will begin to discover the company culture which can prove very advantageous when you decide to make formal contact with them or apply for a position within the company
Here’s a facebook infographic which highlights the studies mentioned above and helps to put things into greater perspective for you.
Find a job using LinkedIn
LinkedIn provides access to a large network of professionals and as of March 31, 2012 it had 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories. With such a large user base it can be a great way to connect with like minded professionals and their companies with the intention of finding your next job.
To begin your quest in finding a job on LinkedIn, start of by performing a search for/connecting with past and present employers, colleagues and clients – these newly connected contacts can a) be helpful when you require a reference and b) open up new connections and opportunities with potential employers.
So there you have it! The first steps you need to take to find a job using social media – good luck!