When the pandemic hit, businesses asked their teams to work remotely without having much time to make the changes necessary for such a transition. Subsequently, recruiters have spent the past several months doing the best they can while trying to make their old processes work at home.
Now that some time has passed, it’s clear that traditional recruiting strategies aren’t going to cut it in this era of digital job seeking. Recruitment teams must upgrade their tactics to enable long-term success. Your own organization can get started today by letting go of these seven recruiting strategies you’ve been hanging on to:
1. Attending the same job fairs every year.
It’s easy for recruitment teams to fall into a pattern of attending the same job fairs year after year. You’ve built relationships, and you know that you get quality candidates, so it makes sense to keep up your attendance. But is this really the best way to reach a diverse range of candidates?
Instead, consider new opportunities each year to reach job-seekers with more varied backgrounds and experiences. For example, more organizations and schools are making their job fairs virtual, so you can recruit from cities to which you might not have been able to travel before.
Additionally, you can use a combination of job boards, social media, and sourcing tools to connect with candidates based on their interests and experiences. With a virtual environment, your talent pool is limitless.
2. Using the same old ATS.
When you’re growing your recruitment team, one of your tasks is selecting the right applicant tracking system. But just because the ATS you chose years ago was right at the time doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore, and make the case for, new and improved options.
More and more systems are integrating with CRM (customer relationship management) capabilities, which can be valuable in a remote working environment. CRM has its roots in sales to help manage relationships and engagement with customers, but this technology is just as critical in the recruitment space.
While your old ATS may be excellent at keeping track of resumes, when you add CRM, you can also easily stay in contact with past silver-medal candidates and reach out when positions become available. While it might be daunting to change up your core system, this feature will save you time and make you more successful in the long-run.
3. Sticking to your tried and true interview process.
What did your in-person interview process look like? It might have been a full day of one-on-one interviews or hours of interview panels with different teams. It’s time to ask: Is this method the right way to find new hires?
If you were to use this same interview format in a virtual setting, your candidates would get Zoom fatigue, and. . .