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How Organizations Like to Find New Employees

Organizations use different methods to recruit new people. Placing a job-ad in the papers or the Internet is the least preferred method organizations use to recruit. What can a job seeker do to maximize the chance of getting a job?

How Organizations Like to Find New Employees

Organizations use different methods to recruit new people. Placing a job-ad in the papers or the Internet is the least preferred method organizations use to recruit. What can a job seeker do to maximize the chance of getting a job?

Organizations need new employees periodically. The demand for new employees arises as current employees change jobs, retire or as business grows or diversifies. Typically we try to measure the health of an organization or an economy by the number of job ads in the papers or on the Internet. This can be misleading as placing job ads is the least preferred method for organizations to find new employees.

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Different Methods Organizations Use To Recruit Employees

Every organisation wants to find new and competent employees using minimum resources in the process. Typically this means minimising the costs of defining a job, creating a job description, deciding about induction, defining search parameters and channels, choosing a suitable method for attracting candidates, screening possible candidates, interviewing and then finally recruiting. The costs involved can be measured in man-hours spent on each activity plus additional external costs, e.g. advertising costs or head-hunter fees.

The recruiting methods from least expensive to most expensive and thus most preferred to least preferred by organizations are:

  • Finding a suitable candidate inside the organisation
  • Relying on staff contacts and personal recommendations
  • Reviewing unsolicited CVs or going through CV data-banks
  • Employing a recruiting agency
  • Placing job ads in paper or Internet media

An existing employee does not need to be briefed so extensively about the organisation, services and products and the ways of working – all this saves valuable time and effort. Organisations prefer candidates found through personal recommendations, as people tend to trust them more than they trust unknown people. Then, browsing through databases of old applications or CVs might be very time consuming and an unsure method as many applicants may not be available at that moment or their contact details might have changed. Recruiting agencies and head-hunters can be very expensive.

What A Job Seeker Should Do To Get The Job

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What message does this give to the job seeker?

If you are an unemployed person looking for a job, remember that when you read a job ad, it is the least favoured method of recruitment by an organization and they have not found anyone using the other methods. This gives a message that the skill set the organisation is looking for is not as easily available at the offered price as the organisation would like it to be.

So, do your research and find out the precise skill-set the organisation is looking for and try to match them with your own skill-set. Job-ads are often not very precise and descriptive, so you need to call them to find out exact details of skills and experience required.

If you can objectively and honestly evaluate what skills and experience you can offer and are confident that you have a match with the expectations then put on your best, muster your self-confidence and start mentally picturing yourself in that job. If it seems a natural fit like a hand in a glove, trust yourself. Prep up your communication skills here. Then all you need is to go get that job.

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Comments (10)

A very useful insight, thanks.

An interesting topic for discussion, Rana.

Very well written

Brilliant and so informative discussion. Thank you Rana.

Great tips, and a cute picture, too!

These are definitely very useful tips. Very well written and presented.

Revisiting this very useful post. Take care, Rana.

informative and useful. knowing what employers want would help job hunting.

This is a good guide for those who are looking for jobs.

The writer has cleared his message with beautiful pictures. I appreciate and voted up

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