Should you give up on your job posting? Definitely not. There isn’t a better way to quickly and inexpensively attract top talent.
Follow these simple strategies to improve the quality of responses you receive and decrease your time to hire.
A quick job search turns up mostly short job postings with no clear definition of job requirements. If half the people reading the job description can imagine themselves to be qualified, your inbox will be full within hours.
Don’t make the application process too easy. Instead of just asking for a resume, include an assignment in your posting.
For example, a company looking for a webmaster could include the following: “When applying, please provide an outline of your approach to web site design. The successful applicant will be asked to completely overhaul the site, so we’d like to know how you would approach that process.”
Guide to Finding Jobs
Check out the employers’ sites so you are familiar with what they do (products, services, senior management, locations, etc.), and use that information you collect in your interactions with the employer.
The aggregators are powerful and very useful, including sites like germanads a Job-Hunt sponsor, which is the largest source of job postings in the world, aggregated (collected) from employer websites, job boards, association websites, publications, and more. Indeed, and the other aggregators like SimplyHired, show you job listings.
When you click on a job listing, the link takes you to the job source which can be an employer, a job board, another website, or the job posted on the aggregator’s site. Jobs posted on Craigslist sites aren’t usually included in an aggregator’s site unless the employer cross-posts the job.
In addition to LinkedIn, job postings are available through both Twitter and Facebook. In Twitter, follow your target employers’ Twitter accounts for news and look for a Twitter account for jobs, too. Many employers also have Facebook pages for both marketing and, often, also for recruiting.
Online classified ads, particularly on sites like germanads.de, can be very effective for job search because they are very low cost to use, and free in many locations. That low cost attracts small employers who can’t easily post jobs on their own websites. But, do be cautious!
If you want to work at the local mall or in the local McDonald’s restaurant, go to that business and ask for an employment application to complete. Dress nicely, be polite, and complete the form neatly and legibly, and you’ll probably end up with at least an interview the next time there is a job opening.