If improving your time management is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here are some things you can do to save yourself time recruiting in 2019:
Integrate Your Tools
When the programs and tools you frequently use don’t properly talk to each other, you inevitably have to waste some time. Switching back and forth between two programs or browser windows, keeping track of multiple usernames and passwords, manually reformatting data from one tool so another will recognize the upload – these may seem like minor inconveniences at the time, but in the long run they can really add up. Make 2019 the year you streamline your recruiting process by choosing tools that are designed to work together.
Starting a new talent search from scratch every time you have an opening can be a huge waste of time. Instead of immediately looking for new candidates, why not get more use out of the ones you already have? Start building a talent network, where you can cultivate candidates who might not be right for the position they first applied for, but may be a fit for a future opening.
Let Candidates Come to You
Hunting for talent will always be a part of recruiting, but it’s hardly the most time-efficient method. This year, make the change from a talent hunter-gatherer to a talent farmer. Focus on building reliable talent pipelines that you can trust to supply you with a steady stream of candidates.
Look for Quality, Not Quantity
Many talent sources will tout the huge numbers of candidates they can deliver to you, often leaving it up to you to sift through the haystack of resumes and applications looking for the most qualified needle. We tend to think that having more options to choose from is preferable, but years of research actually suggest otherwise.
One of the best ways to stop wasting time on mundane or repetitive tasks is removing them from your schedule entirely. That’s not to say just don’t do them, but rather use today’s advanced HR technology to automate them.
According to a 2017 CareerBuilder study, 93 percent of employers who have automated part of their talent acquisition and management process reported that doing so saved them time and increased efficiency. A wide variety of tasks, from sending communications and scheduling interviews to searching third-party databases and archiving candidates, can be automated, allowing you to stop wasting time and start focusing on the tasks that matter most.
So, rather than opting for sources that will provide the largest numbers, start focusing on those with high application-to-hire conversion rates.
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