It’s no secret that employee recruitment and turnover have real costs for your business. From the expense of posting paid ads on job boards, to time lost training a new recruit that doesn’t work out, you have a lot invested in making the right choice when filling a vacant position.
Luckily, there’s never been more tools at your disposal to cast a broad net over a potential pool of candidates, manage and sort through their resumes, and then pre-screen your initial choices. The trick is to pick the best tools to suit your needs during each stage of the recruitment process.
Wondering where to start? Check out the tips below for a selection of online tools (many of which of are free) that can help you automate and optimize your recruitment process.
Use LinkedIn and Online Job Boards for Your Initial Search
LinkedIn can be a great recruitment tool if you know how to make the most of it.
Doing a quick, basic search on LinkedIn will give you an idea of who’s out there with skills related to the position you need to fill. You can even ask your existing employees if they’re aware of anyone in their networks who may be a good fit for the position.
If you’re interested in upgrading to paid LinkedIn services, you can get a premium account that will allow you to send up to 25 “InMails” to people outside your network, or even purchase a job posting (you’ll need a “company page” on LinkedIn in order to do this).
As far as posting the position on other online job boards, you may want to investigate industry-specific boards, such as TechVibes for technology jobs and the EightySix Network for hospitality industry jobs.
Manage Resume Submissions the Easy Way
Once you’ve posted a position online you may suddenly find that your email inbox has been flooded with applications of varying quality. And the last thing you want is for your dream candidate’s resume to accidentally end up in your spam folder.
Luckily, there are better ways to manage incoming applications. For example, the free service ApplyBin acts as a designated inbox to help you consolidate and sort through incoming resumes.
Alternatively, if you use a content management system for your website such as Drupal or WordPress, you can install plugins (free or paid) that allow you to manage online application submissions directly through your website.
Pre-Screen with Questionnaires & Online Skills Testing
Pre-screening candidates with an online questionnaire or skills test can be a great way to narrow down a large stack of resumes into a manageable candidate pool.
The questions you send candidates could be similar to what you would ask in a typical behavioural interview, or simply inquire for more information about a candidate’s experience beyond what’s provided in a typical resume.
There are plenty of free and freemium tools you can use to administer surveys, such as Survey Monkey and