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How Technology Can Improve Your Recruiting Process
13th July 2020
Recruitment is one of the most essential processes in human resources. After all, it serves as the entryway for all employees before getting into the company. Likewise, recruitment is one of the deciding factors among applicants on whether they will accept the job offer or not. Without it, businesses won’t have the manpower they need to run efficiently and effectively.
With this, more organizations are using technology in recruiting to leverage and improve their processes and ensure positive experiences for their applicants. With the right tools, they can implement and streamline effective practices when it comes to attracting, interviewing, short-listing, and onboarding talents into the workforce.
So how has HR technology impacted how we recruit employees? Read on to find out.
1. Speed up process
The most obvious benefit of technology to recruiting is how it can speed up the overall process for hiring. Recruitment software, for one, helps cut down recruiting time by automating repetitive tasks so that recruitment teams can focus on more value-adding tasks in the hiring process.
Some software, like GreenThumbs, can cut time in a talent search by filtering unqualified applicants and short-listing those showing signs of compatibility for the position. Some can even rank applicants for you! In this way, you can have more productive and meaningful interactions with applicants instead of wasting time and energies on dead ends.
2. Expand reach for recruitment
The rise of technology has expanded horizons for recruitment teams when it comes to attracting potential hires into applying for the company. Gone are the days of waiting for applicants to step into the office to hand their cover letters and resumes. With just a few clicks you can start receiving and entertaining applicants from various parts of the word.
Nowadays, you now have a wide array of options on how you can reach out to the talent market thanks to technology. You’re no longer confined to newspaper ads and posters. The digital space, for one, offers various platforms and channels. You can attract potential hires from your business website, social media pages, email list, job ads sites, and many more. The internet has also helped widen your audience reach, giving you a bigger pool of talent to choose from.
3. Improve communication between recruiters and applicants
In a survey done by Glassdoor, over 50% of job seekers say that the three most important aspects of recruitment are open communication, clear expectations, and transparent feedback, especially on rejection. These matters can have drastic impacts on their decision-making and the overall reputation of the company within the talent market.
With the various technological innovations in the field of communication, businesses can now bridge the gaps regarding these aspects. It allows them to contact applicants with just a few clicks on their desktops, tablets, or smartphones. Likewise, it opens up communication lines for both sides. This means candidates can easily follow up on results, while businesses can maintain transparency without exerting much effort.
4. Provides flexibility
In the past years, more companies are beginning to see the convenience of remote work. This is especially evident in our current situation with COVID-19. Thankfully, technology has made it possible for recruiters to overcome challenges during the lockdown by giving them the flexibility they need to continue operations.
Recruitment has moved on from the traditional face-to-face setup into the digital platforms. In fact, this CompareCamp research shows just how much software is available for you to remain productive in your recruitment endeavors, no matter where you are. This trend continues to grow as more and more jobs have started migrating into the virtual space. This flexibility is not only limited to the platform but also with time as well. With the right tools, recruiting can seamlessly be integrated with other HR responsibilities since it doesn’t take as much time as it used to.
5. Makes use of data
There is a lot of essential information to be gained from the data you get during the recruitment process. With technology, you can mine them to your heart’s content and make use of them to improve and streamline processes.
Digitalizing recruitment processes makes it easier to gather, compile, and analyze data from it. Software such as applicant tracking systems can save candidates’ information so that you have a ready pool of potential hires the next time you need one. Likewise, it can also help collect feedback from past applicants which you can use to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement within your recruitment procedures.
A little help can go a long way
Recruitment among businesses has witnessed drastic changes thanks to the prevalence of technology. It has brought software, tools, devices, and platforms to help you reach out to job seekers and vice versa. Likewise, it has opened up a wider variety of options in how you can go about recruiting the best hire for you.
In fact, the use of technology is inevitable these days. This is because everything we use, from equipment, software, and practice, has been touched by its advancement. So, think about what technologies have you utilized while recruiting. From computers to smartphones, from notebooks to telephones, these have, more or less, helped you in your hunt for the right hire for your business. As technological advancements continue to move forward, the possibilities for recruiting remains open and seemingly endless.
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