Why Social Network Websites will Never Replace Job Boards

As we all (begrudgingly or not) move into a new era of mobile websites, content on-the-go and fervent social networking, some companies are starting to look at candidate recruitment in a different light. That is, a few businesses are turning their heads towards social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter to attract new candidates – which is understandable. After all, the explosion of Facebook and its global reach means that companies can’t afford to look the other way any more. But when it comes to job advertising and candidate sourcing, are social networking routes really the ideal way to go?

It’s a question on the lips of many recruitment specialists at this moment in time, and the fiery debate surrounding it is hotter than ever.

Our view is that social networking websites will always be cast in a supporting role when it comes to finding new talent; here’s why…

Social Platforms are Not Designed with Job Advertising in Mind

The main reason that online job boards replaced the traditional newspaper job advertisement columns is that they were a much easier and cost effective way of doing the same thing. What’s more, job boards have developed much more since they first arrived on the scene – with the introduction of CV databases, candidate searches, keyword matches & many other features.

So the question is, do social media websites allow us to do the same things as on a job board website, but much easier and cheaper? The answer is no.

Okay, so Facebook has a job board – that much is true. But these social job boards are not strong performers, quite the opposite, in fact. They do not offer all the same tools, CV databases and flexibility that classic job-sites – such as Reed and Monster – offer.

Social Media Websites are ‘Unprofessional’

To be honest, I don’t like the word ‘unprofessional’ in this regard; it seems a little outdated and comes with an old-fashioned vibe. But for want of a better word, it is.

Put it this way – social media websites contain information about a candidates that both you and the candidate in question would rather keep separate from job applications. There are many times that I’ve seen companies shy away from a potentially good catch, because of a less-than sophisticated profile picture or news feed on the candidate’s profile.

And it works both ways. People know that their profiles may not shed them in the most professional light, and so they too back off from applying to jobs via social networking sites.

Social Media Enhances Job-sites

What I will say about social media outlets is that they can greatly enhance the effectiveness of classic job-boards, from focused candidate targeting right through to a means of advertising your job advert. They essentially give you an extra ring to your ladder, enabling you to see farther and wider than you could with a job board alone.

It’s this kind of hybrid approach which works best for many companies, and is yet another reason why social platforms will never replace classic job-sites.

And Remember…

HiringMadeSimple.co.uk can offer you all the expert advice and tools you’ll need when it comes to finding talent for your company, including effective job-advertising across over 70 of the UK’s leading job boards.

Investing in Youth – 3 Reasons to Hire a Graduate

Freshly qualified graduates are labelled – a lot of the time and quite unfairly so – as a group of loutish and work-shy slobs who would rather sit at home watching Jeremy Kyle than flourish in an exciting new career. I should know; in the past I’ve been tarred with the same brush as those few who give students and graduates alike, a bad name. But in reality, when it comes to hiring new recruits, an attitude similar to this could see you miss out on a potentially brilliant candidate and addition to your workplace.

So here I am, armed with three great reasons why you should invest in graduate youth when it comes to expanding your business.

Graduates Have Bags of Enthusiasm

They’re young, they’re ambitions and their dreams haven’t been squashed (yet). This all takes the form of raw energy in a graduate, which can be tapped into and utilised in all kinds of ways for your business. Whether that be integrating with other staff members, raising the morale of your team, learning new skills for the job or even just brightening the atmosphere up a little – it’s a great kind of energy to have in the office!

Granted, there can be times when too much energy can be a distraction, but it’s all about tapping into what’s there in abundance and controlling it.

Graduates are Like Chameleons

It’s actually a popular misconception that Chameleons can adapt to suit their surroundings, but the analogy will suffice for my point – that graduates are extremely flexible when it comes to a new environment.

They don’t bring with them any kind of baggage from past jobs, or draw comparisons from previous positions they’ve held. This makes them very easy to mould into your way of thinking when it comes to character development, so that they fit seamlessly into your setup.

Graduates Bring in New Ideas

Sometimes, a company can get so bogged down in its day-to-day routine, that there is neither time nor the room left for creativity to thrive. This is where graduates really prove themselves to be a popular asset among team-leaders.

A graduate is new to the business world. Their thought processes have not yet been restricted by business ‘best practises’ or ‘proven methodologies’. Their minds are essentially unshaped pools of new ideas and fresh outlooks.

And Finally…

If you are on the lookout for graduate talent, HiringMadeSimple.co.uk can offer you all the tools you need to find the right candidate for your company. From job board advertising to specialist advice, we’re here to help you find the right talent for your outfit!

3 Stellar Tips to Unleashing Your Team’s Creativity

A company is only as good as the people that make it up. It’s a saying that’s certainly banded around frequently enough, though probably not examined by business leaders as much as it should be.

A follow-up from the saying could probably read something like …and most people will only be as good as they have to be. In other words, if your employers don’t feel stimulated by their work and surroundings, they will only put in the absolute minimum they must to get through another day – which is hardly the formula for business success!

The thing is, a lot of companies take the saying too literally. They think harvesting the savviest, most technical minds to work for them is alone enough to set them apart from competitors. But there’s more to business longevity and success than simply cherry-picking the ripest candidates and hoping there’s enough juice in them to leverage the company to a new and exciting level.

Companies must not only hire the finest candidates on the block, but also encourage their creativity and desire to consistently shine through whilst on the job. And to help with just that, we’ve put together a few great tips to get you started…

1. Set the Scene

Monet didn’t paint his water lilies whilst sitting in a bleak and lifeless environment; he was inspired by his surroundings. Okay, I know it’s not feasible to turn your office into a replica of an 1800’s watercolour painting, but there are some things you can do that will stimulate your employees’ creativity!

Things like comfy seats, a healthy consideration for the interior design and keeping things looking generally fresh and engaging can work wonders. If you have the budget, you could even try making a ‘creative’ zone in the office, with bean-bags, white-boards, a coffee machine and a few inspirational quotes plastered to the wall.

2. Get Everyone Involved

Sometimes it takes more than one person to conceptualise something brilliant. Good teamwork and communication skills are essential assets for creative work-force to have.

Encourage the whole crew to chip in with their ideas during planned creative sessions, no matter how whacky or outlandish they may seem. Different people view things from alternate angles, so what may seem like a crazy thought to one person, could be the switch that triggers a breakthrough in another.

If your staff feels like their ideas are worth listening to, they’ll undoubtedly dig much deeper within themselves to contribute something special and unleash their creative potential.

3. Allow Time for Ideas to Mature

Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they (all!) say. An idea is very much like a seed, it needs the right conditions and time for it to bloom into a fully-fledged reality. Don’t put a halt to an employee’s creative process if it doesn’t come to fruition straight away, but allow it time to breath and mature.

And Finally…

You need the right staff. Nothing beats having a great, creative and motivated team that can drive your business forward, so it makes sense to bring in the best possible people to help steer your company in the right direction. HiringMadeSimple.co.uk can provide you with all the tools you need to do just this, including effective job advertising across over 70 of the UK leading job boards.

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