Jonathan Reynolds on Aug 11, 2015
Quality has always trumped quantity when it comes to recruitment. Finding the right applicant has never been a numbers game — but if you examine the way most of today’s companies are hiring, you may think most companies have forgotten the basic goal of recruitment.
Sites like Monster and Careerbuilder.com have made it extremely simple for companies to post job listings online. It only takes a few minutes and a few hundred dollars to a post an ad. Most internal recruiters may see the ease of using these sites as an incredible tool to increase productivity, while reducing their workload. But in reality, this approach, known as “Post and Pray”, can be detrimental to the recruiting process.
What is Post and Pray?
“Post and Pray” begins when a recruiter posts a job online for a few hundred bucks, and then hopes that the perfect applicant is somewhere out there just waiting to apply. Of course, this almost never happens. Instead, the person’s in-box becomes stuffed with hundreds of messages from over- and under-qualified applicants which must be reviewed, then ultimately discarded. After a few weeks of unusable applications, there may be a few tweaks to the listing, and then the listing may be reposted, praying for better results.
One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, while expecting different results. “Post and Pray” will almost never find the best candidates for one simple reason: the most ideal applicants a company is looking for will never even see the listing. These candidates are not actively looking for employment, because they are busy being leaders and working hard in their current role.
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By Matthew Burzon on Aug 3, 2015
A quick look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 New England and State Unemployment Report reveals some insightful information for those that view human capital as their organization’s greatest asset. May’s national unemployment rate remains unchanged from April at 5.5%, while the New England region has declined to 4.9%. Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts have significantly lower unemployment rates than the rest of the nation at 3.6%, 3.8% and 4.6% respectively. To put this all in perspective, the lowest rate for a single month is shared by May and June of 1953 with an unemployment rate of 2.5%.
These numbers partially explain why you are seeing a drop in qualified applicants for your current job postings. The war for talent is on and there’s no better time than now to incorporate or build upon your approach to passive candidate recruitment. Perhaps you are not seeing a drop in applicants? If that’s the case, this blog was written just for you. I want to help you see the drop with some basic recruitment metrics, and if you already have the metrics and can prove me wrong, I want to know about it. Email me your story at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe I’ll buy you a $2 taco.
Right out of engineering school I had a well-respected manager that loved the quote, “What gets measured gets managed, and what gets managed gets improved.” There is truth in this statement and in recruitment, we have a number of metrics we can use to drive performance throughout our internal teams and to support objective reporting to our senior leadership. Of the nearly two dozen metrics I’m aware of, these are the five metrics that I believe are absolutely imperative for hiring leaders to be aware of for successful talent acquisition and retention in today’s highly competitive talent marketplace.
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