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Help Wanted: Finding the Best Candidates


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Talented candidates are actively researching your company to see if it’s somewhere they want to work. Your company brand plays an essential role in their decision to apply, do you know how you are being perceived?

Companies need to be aware of how they are viewed by potential employees to proactively promote an authentic and engaging work environment. This can be done a number of ways, including a public facing employee forum, social media platforms and the company website.

Learn more ways to promote your company and attract the best talent in our whitepaper.

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Help Wanted: Finding the Best Candidates

  1. 1. Help Wanted 2016: Finding the Best Candidates An Experts Exchange Whitepaper
  2. 2. (877) 211-8911 x299 | 2 It can often be challenging to stay relevant in the rapidly evolving world of technology. This can make recruiting talent difficult for companies of all sizes. Antiquated but necessary filtering tools for recruiters can kick back good talent, but sometimes candidates leave out key elements that employers are looking for. According to Foote Partners, hiring in the technology sector will continue to rise in 2016, with architects, data analysts, security and product designers representing the strongest growth. Companies are actively trying to fill open positions. The question is, how does your company stand out to recruit and hire the best? INTRODUCTION
  3. 3. (877) 211-8911 x299 | 3 Promote your company brand You aren’t the only one doing research. Candidates are researching your company to assess if it’s somewhere they want to work. According to LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2016 report, “59% of companies are investing more in their employer brand compared to 2015.” And, a 2015 Jobvite survey found that 46% of job seekers say a company’s brand plays a big role in their decision to apply. Companies need to understand how potential employees view them and proactively promote an honest and engaging workplace. This can be done through a public facing employee forum, social media engagement and your company website. If you think you have an enviable office culture, consider applying to be featured on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list. Laying claim to a place on that list will go a long way in getting qualified applicants in the door. Choose your job sites wisely Niche job sites are incredibly powerful for companies. Using a niche site substantially reduces the likelihood of receiving thousands of resumes from unqualified candidates because most only attract candidates focused Help Wanted 2016: Finding the Best Candidates “With over 500,000 members and millions of monthly visitors, Experts Exchange is the ideal place for technology professionals to showcase their experiences, skills, and receive unparalleled exposure.” Experts Exchange allows you to search member bios to find the right candidates for your open positions. Search Members
  4. 4. (877) 211-8911 x299 | 4 in that specific industry. Alternatively, niche sites substantially increase the likelihood of finding a truly qualified candidate, because they are pulling from a smaller pool of individuals who are already pre-qualified. Experts Exchange offers even more benefits than most, giving hiring managers the ability to view the candidate’s profile, interactions, and view content they have authored. Master your applicant tracking systems Applicant tracking systems (ATS) have been mostly great for hiring departments that were previously swamped by thousands of applicants. But the way they filter out great candidates needs to be addressed. According to a report by Quint Careers, the ATS of large companies filtered out the resumes of their most successful executives when they were submitted as a test. Additionally, a 2015 Jobvite survey found 43% of job seekers said the actual job didn’t match the posted description. Hiring managers and decision makers need to work together to tailor filters and job descriptions so the best candidates get in the door. Finally, companies can search for candidates beyond the conventional hiring process, through company promotion, networking and referral programs. Analyze hiring success Big data makes it easier than ever for companies to track new hires and determine whether the decision proved successful. Tracking new employees gives hiring departments valuable information that will inform changes to the hiring process, ATS filter parameters, and job descriptions, hopefully leading to more long-term success finding qualified candidates. Leverage employee referrals According to LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2016 report, 32% of companies hire new candidates through employee referrals. Employees are in a unique position to promote the company work environment and often have personal connections with qualified candidates. If you don’t have an employee referral program, it’s never too late to get one up and running!
  5. 5. (877) 211-8911 x299 | 5 Build a network of professional colleagues, demonstrate your skills by answering questions and show employers that you are a pro at working with others - all on Experts Exchange. Mobilize your job postings and application processes Literally, optimize them for mobile devices. According to Jobvite’s 2015 Hiring Trends, 47% of millennials use their mobile devices to search for jobs. According to Pew Research cited by Dice, 28% of job seekers used their mobile devices to search for a job, and half of those also completed the application on their device. Companies looking to fill open positions should strongly consider putting their open jobs and application process in a mobile friendly format, as this is a trend that is sure to grow in the coming years. Takeaways Job seekers and hiring managers shouldn’t be like two ships passing in the night. To get one step closer to hiring the best candidates, be sure to balance optimization for new technologies with old-fashioned interactions (online included) and networking. In the meantime, continue to build on your company culture, start building that employee referral program, and gear your job postings to a mobile-focused audience. Get started with Careers by Experts Exchange to attract the right talent from around the world for your open positions. Get Started
  6. 6. (877) 211-8911 x299 | 6 Experts Exchange is the network for technology professionals. With unparalleled access to technical experts, verified real-world solutions, and diverse educational content, we enable technology professionals to solve difficult problems, make better decisions, and build expertise on their own terms. By enabling personalized skills development and relevant professional exposure. Experts Exchange powers the growth and success of technology professionals worldwide. ABOUT EXPERTS EXCHANGE Learn, grow and succeed with Experts Exchange searching-in-2015) link#TxgsrtlGcqqp Article Sources