As we enter the spring recruiting season, now is a great time to take inventory of what activities are working, what needs improvement and what (if anything) needs to stop completely. Today we’ll discuss 5 things we think recruiters should really consider eliminating from their playbook as well as a few things we recommend starting in 2020.
1. Recruiters Need to Stop RUSHING!
If you hit the ground running on January 1st, ready to take on the world, you are likely exhausted by mid-March. Recruiters have a tendency to be competitive, and when challenged with meeting high volume recruiting needs, those recruiters can push so hard to fill openings that they miss the mark completely.
As such, we think now is a great time to stop rushing, slow down and be more intentional about your recruitment strategy for the spring. If you can slow yourself down just a bit, then you’ll find that you’re able to more fully connect with potential employees on a personal level to find the best fit for your company.
2. Recruiters Need to Stop Posting Poorly-Written Job Descriptions
Building on our previous point, while you’re being more intentional, take a look at the job descriptions you’re posting for open positions. Do they adequately define the roles and responsibilities of the person you’re looking for? Do they give a realistic preview of what you want that person to be doing? Or are they filled with legal and/or boilerplate filler language that is generically posted? Do you really have a good idea of what you’re looking for?
When things get busy, we all have a tendency to scroll through our virtual Rolodex of job descriptions and just throw something out there in hopes that it’ll get the candidate pool flowing. This approach is more likely to draw the wrong types of candidates and miss the people you should be talking to.
Now is a great time to rewrite your job descriptions.
3. Recruiters Need to Stop Making Assumptions
Recruiters often make the fatal mistake of thinking they know it all, including assuming that they know why a candidate would or wouldn’t leave their current position. Right or wrong, recruiters must stop assuming that they’ve got it all figured out.
Open positions will attract unemployed candidates, viable candidates who are currently working for other firms, as well as “boomerangs.” It’s quite common for previous employees to come back to a company after taking a 2+ more year hiatus. Perhaps the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. Maybe they intentionally wanted to gain a different perspective or skill set that your firm couldn’t offer. Either way, recruiters who can keep an open mind as they work with all potential candidates are more likely to land on the best talent for the job.
4. Recruiters Need to Stop Relying on Job Boards
Job boards are a necessary part of any effective recruiting strategy, but they shouldn’t be the only strategy. Today’s job seekers fully realize that in order to stand out in the crowd, they’ll need to do more than simply apply for a position through the job board. The very best will utilize their network and try to connect with individuals within the company on a personal level to get the job.
Pay attention to who is making the effort. These are the individuals who are most likely to stick around for the long-term.
5. Recruiters Need to Stop Hiding Behind Email
Somewhere between the beginning of time and the launch of Google, recruiters have found themselves stuck behind a desk responding to emails and entering data all day. This has gotta stop, immediately!
Recruiters must stop relying on emails and stop spending countless hours creating reports, checking received applications, tracking where they came from, and the like. Your time is better spent looking for more opportunities to get to know candidates over the phone or face-to-face.
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Consider stopping these things and take the time to improve your recruiting approach, and find out what you’re really capable of!