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Leveraging Technology to Find the Best Candidates

July 22nd, 2011

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Today’s innovations make it possible for hiring managers to streamline hiring practices by embracing technology to find quality candidates. In sharp contrast to the old ways of recruiting candidates from newspaper advertisements and paper application forms, recruiters have a full toolbox of technology at their disposal. Read on to learn more about how your company can harness the power of technology to source great candidates.

Develop a web-based career center. Every company has the ability to design a fully online job portal, built into the corporate website. By adding a career section, information about the company’s hiring process can be described so that job seekers can determine their suitability for placement early on. Additionally, the career portal can include access to an online application form, and lists of open positions. When used effectively, an online career center can eliminate candidates who do not take the time to complete the online application, yet be convenient to attract quality candidates to fill specific roles.

Take advantage of online networking. A great way to find the best candidates are to participate in networking communities found online. This can range from social media channels like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, to actual niche communities where experienced professionals may hang out. Use social media by posting updated job listings with links to the career center, asking for candidate referrals, or sourcing candidates by descriptive job keywords. LinkedIn and some online forums allow advertising of job postings for little to no fee. Just be careful to not dig too deeply into candidates’ personal profiles when using this method.

Give online resumes a closer look. One of the possible pitfalls of career related technology is the emergence of resume analyzing software and resume directories. Oftentimes, this technology can eliminate an otherwise fantastic candidate, due to errors in the programming or the way the pre-formatted resume looks when it is retrieved. As hiring professionals, it is easy to skim through resumes that do not look good on first glance. When utilizing technology such as this, be sure to give online resumes a better look over to discover excellent candidates who may otherwise be missed.

Focus efforts on high-yield recruiting portals. The best place to find quality candidates are generally within your company’s resume database, as well as online career websites. Search through previous applicants to find candidates who closely match your objectives, and take the time to contact them despite how old their applications may be. You may find a few candidates still seeking great assignments from your internal resume list. This method will likely result in a higher yield of qualified candidates than just posting random help wanted ads on advertising sites.

Need more help with your recruiting efforts? Visit The Concorde Personnel Employer’s Portal for more helpful tips and contact us for additional support!

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Use Personal Branding to Land Your Dream Job

July 15th, 2011

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As a job seeker, you already know that it’s getting harder than ever to land an interview, let alone a great job. It seems like the candidate pool gets deeper, while the jobs get fewer and far between. How can you rise above the raging sea of candidates who are competing for the same jobs as you? Along with a killer resume, your best bet is to use branding to create a positive image of yourself that will grab the attention of hiring managers!

The most successful advertising companies and online marketers have been using branding ever since the first corporate logo was invented. Consider how brands used by big companies easily sway consumer behavior, and you can apply the same principles to your job search. The trick is knowing how to do this the right way.

Here are some easy ways to brand yourself as a top candidate and land your dream job sooner! 

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

One of the biggest mistakes many job seekers make is using their social media profiles like Facebook, twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn purely for socializing and games. What you may not realize is that hiring managers frequently research job candidates via these public networks. So, if you have a personal Facebook page that includes embarrassing pictures from college parties, get in there and delete them. Then create branded social media pages that include your contact information, keywords about the type of work you are looking for, and a professional headshot picture of you dressed in a nice office suit. Do this consistently across all channels for a clean, branded image.

Create a Job Seeker Blog or Website

Another easy way to brand yourself as a job seeker is to put your resume and information online with a professional looking blog or website. Many job seekers are paying big bucks for a company to do this for them, but this is simply not necessary if you have basic technology skills. WordPress is a nice starter blog, with professional themes you can use to create a branded image. Include your photo headshot, your resume and accomplishments, and links to anything you have published online that relate to your job search. For security sake, leave your personal information off the blog or website, such as home address, social security number and birthdate. Use this blog to talk about your job search efforts and your career interests.

Use a Branded Email Address

Something that many job seekers don’t realize is that cutesy or racy email addresses don’t give a very favorable impression with hiring managers. Stay away from email addresses like sexyman@ or littlegirl@ for example, which only make you look immature to recruiters. Instead, select a branded email address, which speaks about you as a job candidate and your career aspirations. This may seem like a minor thing, but it actually can bolster you up when sending out resumes to the companies you want to work for. Take it from someone who is on the other side of the hiring desk – email addresses do matter!

To land your dream job, very often you’ll have to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to get in front of the right people. Use branding as a tool for doing just that and you will attract recruiters from the best industries.

 

For more support and resources for job seekers, please visit The Concorde Group website and stop by our job candidates’ page http://www.concordepersonnel.com/candidates

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When is the Right Time to Start Looking for Candidates?

July 8th, 2011

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There’s a right time and a wrong time to start seeking candidates to fill key positions within your organization. While each business has different needs and roles to be filled, there are ways to be prepared for peak growth initiatives. Knowing when to start looking for new people can ensure you have access to a quality pool of candidates when you need them the most.

The issue with many companies is that they start looking for applicants only when a current employee gives their resignation notice. This generally does not give enough time for the human resource department to find a good replacement. Being in this position can cause a whole range of problems, which can lead to failure. The worst case scenario is making a bad hire out of desperation.

To avoid this type of situation, it’s always better to collect applications from career seekers throughout the year. Carefully screen all resumes for skill-sets that your company needs to fill positions, should they become available. Conduct telephone interviews with the best candidates and keep their information in organized files for times when you need to fill a critical assignment.

Searching for quality candidates should be an ongoing process, particularly for jobs that have a typically high turnover rate. These are usually entry level positions such as customer service, general labor and administrative roles within your organization. Keep a rolling file of fresh candidates who meet the requirements of each job type, so you have a pool of eligible folks handy at all times.

A great way to keep your candidate queue full is by hosting a seasonal career fair for your company. This can be accomplished by participating with local recruitment agencies or nearby colleges and universities. Quality candidates, who are searching for new career opportunities will be readily available through these sources, making it easier for you to find highly qualified individuals.

The right time to search for job candidates is all the time. This should be a continual process, so that your company can maintain its workforce with skilled candidates. By being proactive in your company hiring activities, your company will be able to meet the demands of the industry and maintain high standards as the company grows.

 

Be sure to contact The Concorde Group for support when seeking quality job candidates for your company this year!  Visit our employers’ resource center and find out how Concorde Personnel can help you achieve your business objectives.  http://www.concordepersonnel.com/employers

 

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