What resources are you using to find qualified job applicants?
We primarily use our HR recruiting team, which has been very traditional. We post jobs, wait for applicants and expect the best. My opinion is the best isn't always out there looking for a new position. I try to use word of mouth - networking with my peers. I also think there are some good recruiting outfits out there - the problem is that there are too many and they come at you from so many angles. What recruiters have you found that find you the best people? Do you single source? or work with multiple companies? Great question and I look forward to the answers you receive.
I think it is important to try and get in the shoes of the types of people you may be looking to hire.
Are they already employed? Are they even looking for a job? Someone under this description is going to more than likely come across a job posting via word of mouth/networking. A great way to get the attention of these types of people is to utilize existing friendships/contacts you have at your disposal to get the word out to anyone they may see as a good fit for the position.
If they are actively looking, what resources are they using in their search for a job? And to add to that, are you looking for an on-site or remote employee? This will quite likely change where you may be advertising for the position. If you are looking for someone on-site, local resources like the newspaper, radio, Craigslist (targeting specific areas), local news websites, etc. can be particularly useful for targeting people within a closer proximity to your business. Also, do not forget that your States have a Department of Labor website where jobs can be posted. If you are looking for someone remote or are wanting to expand your search to further parts of the country/world, there are many job posting boards. Some of them include Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.
Are you looking for someone with experience or would you like someone with a fresh mind? Colleges/Tech Schools are a great resource. Professors work with students on a daily basis and see the work they produce. Any good professor is happy to recommend their best students to a potential employer. Most schools also have job placement programs. Another good resource is job fairs. These are typically held on behalf of a school, and as such are a great place to look for someone that may be new to the workforce.
What is going to draw this potential employee's attention enough to get them to apply? Simply posting a job opening to a bunch of websites is not going to guarantee that anyone is going to be interested in applying. Be clear and concise with what you are looking for in an employee and what that job is going to entail. Also make sure it is easy for them to contact you. Job employment is just as much about the potential employee vetting the company as it is the company vetting the potential employee. If they see a bigger worm hanging next to your job posting, they are likely going to bite on that one.
Edit: Your company website and company social media profiles are also great ways to get your job posting seen. I can speak from experience by saying I knew what company I wanted to work for and I was watching for the position I wanted to become available. When it did, I went for it...and I'm now 6 years into it.
Our IT team and I regularly networks with professionals. We keep an eye on local industries that are going through changes. When there's a need, we ramp up our networking and invite our network to apply for our open positions. Timing is everything, though. We may have best of candidates available at a time when we aren't hiring and none of the A players available when we are hiring. In that case, we either resort to consulting or use the traditional HR way of posting on LinkedIn, Monster and other aggregators.
Hello Matt. We tend to use multiple channels based upon what makes sense for the problem we're solving. Internal recruiting, external recruiters, university career days, community events, training events, webinars, conferences, peer referrals, professional portals, social media, website, blog, etc. The net is, we're always meeting new people versus waiting until we have a need and spinning up thereafter.