How to Source Candidates Quickly and More Efficiently

Debra Auerbach

According to CareerBuilder research, HR managers say that on average they have more than 50 open requisitions in a month. With so many vacant positions that need filling, it may seem like the more tools you use to find candidates, the better. But using too many disparate systems to source candidates can be time consuming and costly, and may not even produce the best results.    

Consider investing in a tool that allows you to search from various candidate sources – including passive, active and previously sourced talent – in one interface. Here are the four benefits you can expect from using a comprehensive recruitment platform:

  1. Gives you time back in your day. One in four HR managers say they spend five hours or more logging in and out of systems to source candidates for one job, according to CareerBuilder research. If you only had to log in once to access all of your candidates in a centralized database, think of what you could be doing instead with those five hours (like moving on to other positions that need to be filled). 
  2. Reduces sourcing costs. Candidates who previously applied for jobs but didn’t end up in the position would likely be more receptive to hearing about another opening because they’ve already expressed interest in your company. Yet, 1 in 3 HR managers don’t look at candidates who have applied in the past when recruiting for a new position. By searching your centralized database for these candidates first, you can potentially minimize sourcing costs. 
  3. Helps avoid overlaps or missed candidates. When using multiple databases, it’s hard to keep track of the candidates you’ve found in one database vs. another, so you may review the same candidate multiple times or miss critical talent all together. In fact, 1 in 4 HR managers say one of their biggest recruitment challenges is that they use several sources to recruit candidates, but can’t coordinate to search across them. With one database, you don’t have to worry about this type of inefficiency.
  4. Provides a smarter search. When seeking a centralized sourcing system, look for one that provides semantic search and matching technologies that will help you find all relevant talent as quickly and easily as possible. You’ll gain even more results that are relevant when related keywords are added to each keyword you search.

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