During our sales process, we ask the question, “How do you recruit now?” And the answers amaze us. In fact, the answers remind us of why we started RecruitLoop in the first place. We thought you might enjoy them as well, so without further ado, we present our top 10 answers to the question, “How do you recruit now?”
10. We don’t. This is our first hire.
9. We use 10 different contingent recruiting firms with consistently inconsistent results
This one is almost a direct quote. With this many firms, you’re bound to get spotty results. It’s also tough to figure out which candidates come from what recruiters, which can make things a bit confusing when you’re trying to figure out what invoices to pay!
8. We get resumés from an algorithmic matching service. We’re not clear on the algorithm. Or the match.
Resumé matching services can definitely help you find candidates when you have a clear job description. But if it’s not working for you, you might want to consider reworking your job description or asking more questions the next time you talk to your matching service provider. Oh, and I hope you’re doing something with those resumés!
7. We use ODesk/Elance for sourcing, but then we don’t do anything with the resumés.
Um… okay. Honestly, I almost couldn’t believe it when my sales team told me about this one. I mean, why would you spend money on an outsourcing service only to get, what, kindling for your next bonfire? You can get good results with outsourcing, but you need to give your freelancers feedback and then actually act on the results, or else you won’t actually hire anyone. Which seems rather suboptimal.
6. Our admin does most of it. When he’s not running everything else.
What’s his name and address so that I can send him flowers? Or a spa weekend? But seriously, this is an insane amount of work to put on a single person. You’re asking someone to (often) handle your schedule, administer your office, sometimes even run your benefits and payroll ON TOP of doing recruiting, which is a full time job. I’m tired just thinking about it.
5. We plaster our post everywhere. Wow, does that get resumés.
Oh, do I feel your pain here. When I didn’t use recruiters, this is how I usually got resumés when I was first hiring. It also resulted in my first hiring disaster when I tripped & fell into the piles of paper! If you’re not getting good resumés, however, you should take a look at your job description and where you’re posting it. You may be able to get better resumes for your time.
4. We Tweet about it.
I realize that most people are more useful on Twitter than I am (because I pretty much just kvetch about silly salespeople and bad grammar), but how is that working for you? Heck, are your target candidates even ON Twitter? And do they pay enough attention to even see your posting? If they follow more than 400 active tweeters, your post gets lost in the shuffle.
3. Spend crap-tons of money on recruiters we hate
You know the awesome thing about hitting yourself in the head with a hammer? How good it feels when you stop.
2. I do it myself when I’m not running anything else; I have 5 open heads right now.
Ouch. Yeah; recruiting on your own takes a ton of time and energy. A lot of our clients say that they don’t feel like they should have to choose between running recruitment and running their companies, but that’s what they do.
1. We use RecruitLoop
Okay, I had to put this one in here. It’s our favorite, and we hope that most of you do the same thing! 🙂
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