What do you want for Recruiting this Holiday Season?

If your organization is like many, the weeks around Christmas and New Years make your office look like a ghost town.  With most of your colleagues (rightly) taking time off during the Holiday season, there’s little that can be done in the office and you need something to do instead outside of your Holiday parties.

So here’s what I propose: make a Christmas wish list!  No, not a list of things you should get for your family & relatives (you should have already shopped for those) but a recruiting wish list.

Sit down and think of what things would be at the top of your wish list for your recruiting organization.

What things, if you had them, would help you do your job better and help your organization bring in the very best talent.

Here are a few areas that may make it on your list:

Better Data: You want better recruitment metrics that can help you know what recruiting channels (job boards, social networks, emails, SMS, etc.) are bringing in the most applicants and hires into your organization.  You also want to know how many final candidates that don’t end up with positions are brought back when a new position opens up.

More Leads: When you are looking for a qualified candidate for a open job position, you would like a greater pool of candidates to filter through.  How can we collect more qualified candidates and make them available to our recruiters so they can find the best candidates for the position more easily and quickly?  In addition, what can you do to identify the recruiting channels that bring more qualified candidates into your ATS?

New Technologies: You’ve heard a lot about new recruiting channels such as Social Recruiting and Mobile Recruiting.  How can we leverage these technologies within our current recruiting process affordably?

The key is to not just write down this Wish List but share it with people within your recruitment marketing organization.  See if your wish list matches others and research how your organization can turn these wishes into reality in 2011.  Make the most of your precious time this holiday season!



Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.

About the Author: Chris is the Marketing Analyst for SmashFly Technologies, the creators of the first Recruitment Marketing Platform which enables companies to easily distribute and most importantly measure the performance of their job ads. The platform also provides Recruitment CRM, Mobile Recruiting, Resume Sourcing, Web Commercials and Social Recruiting functions

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Comment by Heather R. Huhman on December 29, 2010 at 12:10pm
Hi Chris,

Great list components -- better data, more leads, and new technologies! What more could a recruiter ask for?

I don’t know about you, but I could ask for an application that combines all of those components. I really want a social recruiting solution that offers great leads through referrals, an increased range of networks, social ATS, two-way communication tools to connect with candidates, job broadcasting and job SEO. Luckily, social media sites (like LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube), search engines, and social recruiting solutions/talent communities (like Cachinko) are already complementary of one another in the effort to recruit top talent and avoid the time consuming job board process.

Hope your wish list is granted and happy holidays!


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