Where do you think your candidates are?

Are candidates looking where you think they are? It is safe to say that technology has revolutionized the recruitment process and made the process faster and more transparent. You can now interview candidates by skype, conduct psychometric tests on-line, take up references by email, check candidates out on the web and generally find out a lot about them and the companies they work for before you get to meet them.

However, are you failing to attract candidates at the first hurdle? That is, getting them to respond to your adverts and recruitment campaigns. You can have great processes in place to ensure fast recruitment but his is to no avail if you do not have any candidates to put through the process!

Mobile Optimised
It seems that around one in seven job seekers will use their mobile phone to hunt out vacancies, but according to a recent survey less than half of employers have a mobile optimized website. Add in the fact that nearly 90% of employers use their websites to advertise roles and the fact that only 15% of job seekers look at company websites to find jobs and we have a huge disconnect. If we turn to recruiters it seems over half use networking sites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, to advertise roles, but only a quarter of candidates would think of looking there.

Job Boards Rule
It seems that, contrary to the hype around social media, the majority (nearly 60%) of jobseekers use job boards to find roles, which is a similar percentage of employers who would advertise on there also. Only a fifth of candidates would use social media to find a new job.

As ever, in todays’ recruitment market, the route to attracting candidates is very complicated indeed and requires careful planning, both in the use of technology and the message being sent out. The war for talent continues…