You walk into work and on your desk you find that one of your best employees has just handed in their two week resignation. It’s upsetting news, but unfortunately every hiring manager will have go through the process of replacing talent. The question is, where do you find this talent? As a recruiting specialist with over 23 years of experience, I can tell you that it’s not via job boards or your corporate careers website. In fact, those are actually one of the worst places to post your open positions because anybody and everybody can apply, qualified or not. Job boards are not everything they are cut out to be for a few reasons.
You Don’t Have the Time
Let’s be honest. Are you actually going to look through every single resume? The honest answer is no, because you just don’t have the time. The average job posting receives 75-250 resumes. While more resumes may seem like a good thing because you can screen more candidates, it is also a time consuming task that neither you nor HR can devote your time to. Although, many companies have attempted to speed up the process by utilizing programs that scan resumes and send back any that have matching keywords, the truth is the program can never replace a human when it comes to finding great talent. Resumes are a story of growth and experience. Robots aren’t programmed to find potential between the lines, therefore they will miss things that you might find valuable. So either way you are going to lose great talent for one reason: you don’t have time to do it yourself.
The Applicants are Cheating on You
The resumes you get on job boards are from what we call, professional job searchers. While you’re working, their 9 to 5 consists of applying to job after job. There may be a valid reasons for this, and being temporarily unemployed is not a bad thing. However, you know without a doubt that you are not the only one they are sending their resume to. They are not invested in you and your company, they are instead focused on landing any job that will call them back. As a hiring manager, you should want the candidates that you are recruiting to be invested in you and excited to work for you, not any company out there. Invested candidates become invested employees, and you only deserve employees that are invested in the success of your company.
The People You Want Don’t Look at Job Boards
You want professionals who have a proven track record of success and who enjoy coming to work. Hate to break it to you, but those professionals already have jobs and they are not going to be looking at your job posts. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in a new opportunity. If you want passive candidates you are going to have to find them and approach them yourself. This means asking your network, scouring around LinkedIn or candidate boards, or attending networking events. All of which are very time consuming tasks that don’t guarantee that you’re going to find the talent you are hoping to find.
Your Resume Database is Outdated
When was the last time you collected resumes? It was likely the last time you posted an open position. Therefore, your resume database is going to be out of date. As time goes on people progress in their careers. The marketing director who submitted their resume two years ago isn’t going to want to apply for an open marketing director job now because they are further in their career now. Furthermore, candidates who used to be unqualified have likely completed tasks and projects that would make them qualified now, but you don’t know about it because you don’t have an updated resume. Therefore, if you aren’t regularly updating your resume database the candidates you pull do not exist anymore, and any resume will be old and inapplicable to your current search.
You Want an Outside Opinion
Hiring from a job board usually follows the standard hiring process of resume, phone interview, in person interview, fly in, and hire. The process is typical among most companies, but it offers hiring managers very little time to really get to know the applicant. As a result, according to LearshipIQ only 19% of all new hires are considered successes by hiring managers, whereas, 46% were considered to be mis-hires. The hiring process does not give hiring managers enough time to evaluate whether a candidate would be successful or not. Therefore, you want another invested party involved in the hiring process so they can get to know the candidate outside of the typical process and give their second opinion.
If not on job boards or the corporate career site where should you find applicants for your open positions? The answer is simple: use a recruiter.
Recruiters are devoted to finding you the best talent based on your needs. We not only get to know you and your company, but we become your ambassadors to the passive candidate network. The candidates we send you are unavailable on job boards, and we are able to get to know them on a more personal level than the typical hiring process allows ensuring that they have the skills and qualifications that you need. Furthermore, when we contact qualified passive candidates, as your ambassador, we pitch your company for you, thereby building their interest in your position.
Recruiters do what a job board fails at. We provide candidates that resonate with you and your company. While only 19% of employees hired from typical hiring methods are considered a success, DCAProSearch has a 92.8% repeat business rate due to the success of our candidates. Recruiters are invested in their clients and we find talent who are just as invested. The majority of our candidates rise up the ranks to become directors, VPs, and managing partners. Therefore, while job boards find resumes, recruiters find talent that is invested in your company and your success. So stop posting your open positions on job boards and call a recruiter, because you deserve talent that is just as invested as you.