Meet the modern jobseeker

Before you get started posting jobs, take a moment to meet the modern jobseeker. They’re someone who looks in more than one place and is more mobile than ever before. Job boards are still the number one destination for active jobseekers but more than half of them are looking on social media as well — a share that will keep rising.

The modern jobseeker could be spending up to 15 hours a week looking and is just as likely to be using their smartphone as their laptop while doing so. About half the traffic on Indeed, one of the world’s most popular job boards, comes from mobile. And this is why employers who accept mobile applications are twice as likely to get high quality candidates as those that don’t.

Nearly half of the world’s online job boards are getting 20% or more of their traffic from mobile

SOURCE: Linkedin

What are the different ways to attract candidates?

There is no magic bullet in recruiting. Instead there’s an exciting variety of channels and the challenge is to get the mix right. The starting point should be a great careers page that showcases what’s good about your company and the roles you’re hiring for. The next step is to take advantage of social media to spread the word that you’re hiring. Get everyone you work with involved with the help of a referral program. Then turn to job boards where there are a host of free options for job posting, as well as premium job boards , which if used right, are worth the money.

How do people collect and review applicants?

Even now some of the smartest companies are still hobbling their recruiting effort by using accounting tools to get it done. Spreadsheets are great for a lot of things. They suck as a hiring tool. Likewise email – which you can’t work without – becomes overwhelming when you’re hiring. The answer can be found in some of the great hiring software solutions that an increasing number of employers are turning to. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), like Workable, are bringing the advantages larger organisations have long enjoyed when hiring and delivering them to smart companies of all sizes.

How long should the applicant search take?

Let’s take you into Workable’s own data. We have delivered more than 5 million candidates to companies and have discovered the following:

Receiving the winning application

  •   Half of the jobs posted on Workable received the candidate that they eventually hired in the first week.
  •   After two weeks that proportion rises to almost 4 out of 5 jobs.
  •   After 3 weeks almost all jobs posted had received the winning application.

Try Workable for free to post a job on all the best job boards today. There’s no credit card or downloads required.

Do I need to hire a recruiter?

Hiring a recruiter isn’t always necessary but it can be a great shortcut. Here are some important points to bear in mind:

  •   Look for recruiters who have hired for businesses like your own.
  •   Look for recruiters who have hired for roles like the one you’re hiring for.

Contingent recruiters, who get paid when they deliver results, have become increasingly popular. The upside is that you only pay for what you get (typically one third of the hire’s annual salary). The downside is the cost and a possible conflict of interest. You want to hire great people. The recruiter gets paid when you hire someone. Bear this in mind.