The latest news and advice from our recruitment experts.
Technology has undoubtedly changed society and the way we do business. Digital platforms are constantly evolving and the internet brings new opportunities to increase the reach of your recruitment campaign.
Listing vacancies on jobsites and social media platforms has its upsides. It is cost-effective, your ad gets 24 hour coverage, and you can reach a wider range of candidates than ever before.
But there are downsides, too. Online recruitment can bring in too many applications, and that could be the beginning of an administrative nightmare.
Once a job hits the web, chances are you will receive reactions from all over the world sent in by people who are either genuinely keen to hear from you or simply spamming your inbox.
Filtering the interesting replies from unusable ones can take up a lot of valuable time. The delete button on your email programme will be suffering from overuse.
Once the hard yards of this first selection process are out of the way, you will be left with a list of applicants who have made a genuine effort but are not the candidates you are looking for. These are the people that deserve a reply.
The biggest peeve for serious jobseekers who are applying online is that they too often get no response at all.
A jobseeker from Tauranga recently pointed this out.
“If I don’t hear back from a company after applying for a job, I can’t help but perceiving them as rude”, she said.
“Businesses need to know that it can be damaging not to respond to an application. You just never know when your paths will cross again in the future.”
It can’t be denied that today’s applicant could be hired by one of your potential customers or business relations tomorrow, and negative words will stick and travel fast.
Look for a cloud-based online system that makes things easier.
Options like QJumpers system offers a centralised recruitment database, creates talent pools from previous applicants or those that have registered an interest with you, and offers the ability to set up multiple users and permission levels.
Employers who use the system essentially pay for using the software when needed, and can link applicants to it from whichever advertising medium they chose to use.
When applications come in, the system organises the applicants and helps the user to easily manage a shortlist and chose a successful candidate.
The software allows you to manage administrative tasks associated with finding a new employee quickly and easily, which greatly reduces the cost and time spent on recruitment in the process.
Having all applications in one central location makes it easy and time-efficient to find the right person, while avoiding the risk of misplacing information.
With a few easy clicks of the mouse, you can keep applicants informed, and let them know if they were unsuccessful. It will save you the time of having to reply to each applicant individually, endless copying and pasting, or even worse - not replying at all.