When you take recruitment initiatives online, one of the first lessons is that you must focus your attention on high-quality leads, not a high quantity of leads. Believe me, before the end of the first week is up, you’ll likely be flooded with resumes, CVs, cover letters and applicants. However, if you do your job right, complete a thorough research and investigative process and are very clear about what skills and experience qualified candidates must possess, you’ll lighten your burden.
Tip #1: Visualize the Perfect Candidate
The first step in attracting the right talent is knowing precisely what it is that you’re looking for. How educated are they? What salary are they expecting? How long have they been in the industry? What type of experience do they need to have under their belt? Will they be expected to travel regularly? If so, what percentage of their time will be spent on the road? Remember: according to the article “50+ Job Search Statistics You Need to Know” on www.careerchangechallenge.com, in the year 2009 more jobs were lost than existed during the Great Depression.
Tip #2: Put That Visualization Down on Paper
Now that you know what you’re looking for, get it down on paper. Think about ways to word your requirements and qualifications. Find the appropriate verbiage to communicate exactly what you’re looking for and be explicit. Then, consider how applicants should respond and make those instructions clear. Then, weed out those who are unable to follow directions as step one of the selection process.