I read an article from an American blog this morning about doing some basic things to automate as much of the recruitment process as possible.
Being a smaller country where we do not have the same resource capabilities (i.e. $$$$) due to smaller company sizes, it wasn't totally relevant to us. But it did re-ignite my passion for making NZ business recruitment processes as easy as possible - without having to spend the money or dedicate a person to look after it.
Opt-in talent forms require someone to ensure the talent is always up to date and still keen - or else you will waste a lot of time chasing up candidates who are no longer keen, left the country or changed their contact details. Posting to multiple job sites (job boards) takes time and you don't really want to do it if it doesn't work. So you need to measure where your applicants come from = more time or else money. Integrated resume sourcing = $$ ATS status updates = $$ Email marketing campaigns = $$ plus time to implement and then manage the responses.
Really in New Zealand, for all businesses except for those with greater than 1,000 FTEs, the above suggestions cost more money than the return. Especially in a small market where 90% of all job seekers go to either SEEK or Trademejobs.
You can get the same results by using QJumpers to find staff. The base recruitment service includes job advertising on SEEK, Trademejobs, QJumpers, a posting on Facebook and Twitter, reposting on various other free job boards like Indeed and Wowjobs, and most importantly of all, it comes with a FREE applicant management system (or Applicant Tracking System, ATS).
We do all of the time consuming bits and even reply to applicants questions, post your vacancy to your careers page and Facebook careers page for no more than it would cost you to advertise the job vacancy yourself. The ATS auto replies to each applicant and you can login at any time to view your applicants and manage the job vacancy.
It's all web based so no software installations are required. There are no contracts and the result is a huge time saving for you. You'll wonder why you didn't try it before.
Sorry, this has turned into a major plug for QJumpers but that is because I know how great it is! Everyone who tries it loves it! And you don't need to be big to use us. But we do make customised e-recruitment solutions for the big boys too....