The talent acquisition world encompasses many types of recruiting. It got me thinking; How many types of recruiting options are available? How does a small business decide what type is right for them? I’ve compiled a list of the most common types of recruiting methods to help employers.
Online recruitment- Online recruitment is a very common way for hiring managers to search for candidates or to post a job. There are many different job boards available. For example, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, just to name a few. These are online platforms where both employers and employees can find information.
Social Media recruiting- This is becoming more popular as technology is rapidly changing and growing. Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter have many top companies using the job portals to find a techier candidate.
Employee poaching- Poaching a potential employee is an old technique still used in more niche markets where a specific skill set is required to perform the job. There are mixed emotions with this type of recruitment.
Direct recruitment- This is done by an internal recruiter who sets up booths at career fairs, college campuses, etc. The potential candidate can speak directly with a representative of the company they would like to work for, prior to an official interview.
Internal recruitment- This is done within the company. An internal job posting where current employees can apply for an open position.
External recruitment- External recruiting is a common option for most smaller business where they don’t have an in-house recruiter or human resources. This option would encompass contract recruiters, staffing agencies, or consulting companies. Basically, it’s outsourced for a better candidate pool or skill set the employer doesn’t possess themselves.
Global recruitment- This is a special type of recruiting done when an employer is looking for candidates from other countries. The best way to handle this is to be in touch with recruiting agencies from the country in which you wish to find employees. There are a lot more details and laws associated when hiring from other countries.
Employee referrals- This is the most common practice for small businesses when looking to fill an open position. Employee referrals bring a candidate that will most likely already be a culture fit. Many employers pay a bonus if a referral is hired and stays a certain amount of time. This not only benefits the employer but the current employee.
Mobile recruitment- This is the new, latest and greatest trend in recruiting. Social media apps! Snapchat is an app that many companies are using to attract talent to retail and fast food industries. McDonald’s is a great example.
Determining which is the best option for your company will depend on many different factors. What is your hiring budget? Timeline to fill a position? Does a hiring manager have the skills to recruit? This is not a complete list but deciding what type or types of recruiting are right for your employer should be a little easier now that you know the options available.
Shelly Wallace Johnson, aPHR