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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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