You have probably heard that networking is an important element of a job search, but a recent study has demonstrated just how effective networking can be in landing a job. Lever, a recruitment marketing firm, conducted a one-year source-of-hire efficiency study, with the following results: Companies in the study hired one of every 16 candidates referred to them, a 6.5% chance of being hired. Companies hired one of every 152 candidates who applied through their applicant tracking systems, a 0.66% chance of being hired.
If you aren’t using LinkedIn as part of your job search and career development strategy, now is the time to begin. With nearly 600 million members and 30 million companies in over 200 countries (as of the first quarter of 2018), LinkedIn is the leading social network for hiring by a very wide margin, according to online job search expert Susan P. Joyce (LinkedIn Job Search Guide).
Recruiting and hiring the right people for your organization is no doubt one of the key challenges you face, especially in the current environment of low unemployment and the lack of highly skilled candidates. According to George Dickson, who focuses on strengthening organizational cultures, a successful recruiting strategy involves your entire team and several areas of your business to be effective.
Writing clear and compelling job descriptions is an important element of recruiting that can help you attract the most qualified candidates for your job openings. With more than 20 million jobs listed on Indeed for Employers (see How to Write a Job Description), a well written job description can help your job openings stand out from the rest. The key to writing effective job descriptions is to find the perfect balance between providing enough detail so candidates understand the role and your company while keeping your description concise.
Recruiting and hiring the best candidates available continues to be a key component of organizational success. If you are analyzing and fine-tuning your hiring process, a review of the some of the major recruitment trends in 2019 may be helpful.