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Recruiters know that time is a precious resource. Time with hiring partners and candidates is invaluable to achieve hiring success. But the many variables we juggle — changing requirements, shifting timelines and candidates’ busy schedules — can easily eat up that time. Simplifying applications, improving your processes and leveraging technology to help automate the repetitive tasks free you up to do what you do best: help people get jobs.
Here are five ways to improve your productivity right now.
1: Streamline your application process
Your application system is often the candidate’s introduction to your company and window into your overall recruitment process. If the process is simple and intuitive, qualified applicants are more likely to complete it. If it’s clunky or labor-intensive, job seekers may give up, and you may lose out on some great talent.
Take a look at the number of incomplete applications on your career website or check out the bounce rate (the percentage of people who leave your site after viewing a single page). This will provide insight into how many people are staying to complete the form and how many are giving up on you.
Try your application process yourself. Focus on usability and completion time. If you get frustrated, your applicants will, too. What to do? Simplify, simplify, simplify! Ask for what you really need to know and leave the details for later in the process.
Netflix is a good example: Applicants upload their resumes and then enter their names, emails and phone numbers. Submit, and that’s it. No timeouts, no reentering information and no spinning icon of death. A streamlined process makes for happier applicants and great word of mouth as they share their experience with their networks.
2: Create email alerts to notify you of qualified resumes
Vetting resumes can eat up your day—but have no fear! There are tools you can use to reduce the time you spend on this repetitive task.
For instance, Indeed Resume is a searchable resume database with over 100 million resumes. Its advanced search functionality allows you to filter by candidates’ job titles, skills, companies they’ve worked for and even fields of study. You can also search by city, state or ZIP code.
Once you’ve submitted your search terms, you receive a filtered list of qualified resumes. You pick the ones you want to view in depth and can save those you like best for later.
You can also create automated email alerts for each set of search criteria. Each morning, you’ll get an email with links to all new and updated resumes so you can quickly update yourself on the talent that’s out there.
It’s a lot more efficient than the old method of sorting through resumes manually.
3: Use a scheduling tool to efficiently book interviews
Arranging interviews takes time and effort. And it’s tough to keep everything straight when you have multiple roles to fill. You can make your job easier by letting candidates schedule their own meetings.
This cuts down on the back and forth and is much more efficient. It may also lead to fewer no-shows. Why?…