I take a moment out of my blog series for something that I think needs to be said.
Your recruitment strategy is archaic and lazy…
I have had a lot of conversations over the last few months and lot’s of people have called or e-mailed to ‘pick my brain’ which is a saying I hate every time I read it, but I am always happy to help. Usually the call goes like this:
Recruiter: “What job boards are you using?”
Recruiter: “What? Then how do you find candidates?”
Troy: “I source them”
Recruiter: “Yeah, but how do you find the time?”
Troy: “I am not rejecting 100’s of applicants from job boards so I have time!”
Now, I am not saying that job boards are crap and you should not use them. What I am saying is that if you want to truly attract the best talent, you should not just write an ad and stick it up on a job board and hope…..
You are probably reading this now and thinking, yeah but we fill jobs through boards and I get some good candidates on them sometimes.
Well that is probably right and you get lucky sometimes
but you are being just plain lazy……
Since going internal I have not filled one role from job boards and I am filling all my roles without going to other mediums (including agency.)
Well I am working my damn ass off to find the right candidates online and then I use x-ray search to find their contact details and then I call or e-mail them. I don’t want to reject 100’s of applicants that are wrong, so I find the ones that look right and speak to them.
There is so much more I do and that you can do to engage and attract candidates, though for all you recruiters just posting and praying please get in the sourcing game.
What I say in the call or e-mail is quite relevant too and I will be covering this in my talk at IT18 and so will post afterwards.
So, stop being lazy and go out and find the right candidates.
I challenge you right now to actually source ALL your candidates, and two things will happen.
- You will be screening 60% less candidates
- The candidates you now screen will be 100% more suitable
As always if you want some tips and help on sourcing, then I am happy to help point you in the right direction or let you know what I am doing if it helps.