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Social Media Recruitment Strategy

As we all know that social media is rapidly growing, building a quality online presence is important. Simultaneously the way of recruiting has also changed in the past few decades, the focus is on attracting the best talent and in order to make this happen social media recruiting strategy plays a vital role. Social media has become the most successful tool for hiring and recruiting.  Before you start recruiting through social media sites, it’s important that you clearly understand how it works and how beneficial is it to your organisation.

Yet people have question, is social media the best for recruitment process cause of legal issues, lack of time and lack of knowledge. Keeping that aside, social media is one of the best tools one can use for recruiting and can achieve wide range of additional goals. Using social media for recruitment has many advantages such as increase job visibility, improves employer branding, provides better insight into candidate’s profiles and helps you connect with passive candidates.  Companies present business proposal or building a social media presence keeping the customers in mind. One might have trouble in choosing the right social network, you can go with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or any other which can offer excellent opportunities and also try other different ways in which profiles get the highest level of engagement.

Benefits of using social media for recruitment

  • Diverse audience: Research has proven that people of different ages and background are active on social media. Social media can act as the bridge of communication between you and the clients, this can be done by building effective sourcing and recruiting strategy.
  • Reduce time to fill: By making use of many different advertising channels for your company. You can come across many candidates and will increase the chances of getting the most talented and qualified candidates faster.
  • Becomes easier for employees to refer candidates: Various posting and sharing options that social sites offer is very beneficial to companies. Current employees can also look into the job openings. Provides a large scale visibility.
  • Get creative with job post: The job posting need not be formal or just the text forms. They can include images and videos to make it more innovative and attractive. Along with the image or a video, a text over it describing the job like experience and what is the job about.
  • Decrease recruiting cost: Having a social media account for posting and sharing job openings can make your work easier and cost free. It allows you to inform the other professional circle that your company has got job openings.

Why Must Employers Use Background Verification

 

When you are looking for a new employee, you make sure the screening process is very good so that you find the best. While you busy with that, you may tend to forget to do background verification. People tend to feel that background check is same as reference check as both are before the screening process. Many resumes include inaccurate information most of which can be done with a good background check. If you are not really good with that, it can be taken care of by some of the background verification companies.

Employers go for background verification, not because the applicant is lying on their resume. The background check is done as a final step when they have decided to hire the applicant. The background check is either internally or they hire background check companies, to make sure you’re a top-quality candidate and they have not taken a wrong step. The check is done for several different reasons, sometimes it might be based on the company and it’s not always about cross checking the profile. Background verification becomes important because once the person is hired and later stages it is revealed that the qualifications are false, it reflects poorly on the employer.

Here is the list of some of the things take in consideration for background checks

  • Resume verification, to check if the applicant hasn’t lied about the qualification
  • Applicants credit check
  • Criminal records
  • Alcohol and drugs test

As applicant, you may feel that the background check may invasion privacy, don’t have to worry about it as the company doesn’t not have any authority to go in deep about your personal details. The government offers some protections in terms of what type of information employers can look at during a background check. Generally the company has to request and receive a permission letter from you before they start the check. Due to the reports in case the company decides not to hire you, they are required to inform you and give you a copy of the report.

 

 

 

How to Prepare for Your Next Interview

Job interviews are scary, doesn’t matter you are a fresher or not. There is nothing to panic about it at all, staying clam will make you feel more comfortable and confident. Having the best resume and cover letter can get an interview request. It’s time to understand how to succeed in the job interview so that you are ever closer to your goal of obtaining one or more job offers. Interviews can be intimidating, and it isn’t always clear what employers are looking for. The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do.

One of the major mistakes made by the job seekers in order to impress is oversharing. Oversharing in an interview is the dangerous thing you can do. Sharing to much about you may create a poor impression and cut short the hiring manager’s time for further questions. It may also happen that out of nervousness you blabber endlessly about irrelevant information.

When you are asked to tell about yourself, never ever go for long stories. Always keep it short and simple, that is what preferred. Most important thing is your body language. If you never smile, have a limp handshake, and don’t make eye contact with the interviewer, can make the person feel you not interested. As long as you not interested, they aren’t interested in hiring you. Here appearing interested means that even though the job isn’t relevant to your profile, you ready to work for them anyways. Talking about your skills that they looking for, being confident and the way you communicate is a good way to impress. It’s important to know that you don’t have to answer every question asked, its okay not to answer when you not sure.

Better be prepared for everything, no one knows what might be asked. Knowing in and out about the company is also very essential. Only when you completely know about the company, you can have a clear idea of what they looking for. Listen carefully to what is being asked and make sure you have the exact answers, show them what you know. Also be ready with a list of few questions to ask. It is important to have at least one or two questions prepared in order to demonstrate your interest in the organization. Otherwise, you might come across as apathetic, which is a major turn off for hiring managers.

Perks to be used to boost up your Employees

 

Companies are learning how to offer great employee perks, as salary isn’t the only aspect an employee looks for anymore. Talking about providing perks to boast employees, the benefits and perks don’t have to be of high cost. Picking the right perk and implementing it is more important than the ones which are not beneficial. Most preferred benefits and perks by an employee at his/her workspace are

  1. Flexible scheduling: Every employee wishes to have flexible Working hours. Flexible scheduling is not just about reducing the working hours but also the work load. This can benefit the company to as the employee can focus on meeting deadlines and producing a good work.
  2. Casual dress code: This is easy to implement and does not cost company anything to offer. Allowing a casual dress code may help the employees to feel more comfortable at the work area.
  3. Work from home days: It generally can’t not be provided by all companies as the employees presence is required. But for companies where this is not a problem can implement it.
  4. Health benefits: Regular health checkups and providing healthcare insurance can be one of the major perk.
  5. Onsite gym or membership to a local gym:  If you’ve got the room for it, this is a fantastic way to keep your employees happy and motivated. A lot of great ideas are formed during pickup games.

Rather than just providing benefits and perks it’s important to know what the employee requirements are which can be done through feedbacks. It is said that no company can win over the long run without energized employees who believes in the mission and understand how to achieve it. Company perks and benefits can make all the difference for employees, especially creative or particularly valuable ones. It helps company’s community and the employees happen to show more of interest at work and making it successful.

The right personal development approaches can broaden skills as well as break people out of mental ruts. All of these things mean more engaged staff with broader skills and higher abilities to cope with day to day stress.

Tips to Remember when Applying for a Job

It’s that time of the year when you see a lot of proud parents attending their children’s graduation ceremony. Most parents present will be concerned whether or not their children will get college placement or not. Irrespective whether you’re a fresher or experienced here are a few tips one must keep in mind when applying for a job.

  1. Good Resume:

It is important to have a good resume. If you are a fresher then please do not lie about what you think you can do. Every recruiter is aware of what a fresher’s resume is supposed to look like. The one page should be neat your marks, institution you studied in, year of completion along with basic personal details like phone number, email address, etc.

If you are experienced then make sure that your resume is neat and every project and role you have taken up is clearly and crisply mentioned for a recruiter to understand at a glance. Do remember to have your skills mentioned in point wise, so that it is easier to assess.

 

  1. Read the Job Description carefully:

It is important when you are filing out a Job Application make sure to read the job description carefully. Especially freshers, it’s quite normal to think that you are a quick learner and can be fit for every job role. True, but it should be something you are passionate about not something that sounds interesting. So, please read the job description carefully, analyse if you will like that job role, designation and scope for a growing career in that field, only then apply.

Food for thought: If you are a fresher with BCA, B.Tech and know that you are not very passionate about coding or developing. You can always opt for a more interesting field related to your education. IT Recruiter, the job role is very interesting and the perks are great. At the same time everything you learnt in college will be put to test. The salary bandwidth for every fresher irrespective of their field of education is the same all the way from developer to tester to admin to IT recruiter. The perk of being an IT Recruiter is that you will qualify for big incentive cheques from day one. So, think about it!

 

  1. Submit Complete and Accurate Information:

If you are applying for a Job Change then please mention clearly the present location you are in at least the current State and City. And mention in your cover letter that you are looking for a job in XYZ City, State. That way if the recruiter is looking for someone to join immediately or after 2 months they can make the call and schedule accordingly. The same goes for fresehers, please make sure to give your correct phone number and email address. Do make sure to tell the recruiter which city, state you are currently in. There is reason most recruiters cringe when they need to hire freshers. Probably because when asked if you can come tomorrow for the interview, most of you end up saying a confirmed ‘Yes’ but last minute inform that you could not get a train ticket. The truth then comes out that you cannot travel in 12 hours immediately from one state to another. So, please be realistic. Your honesty can help; at times a recruiter might just hold one position interview for 3 days just to give you a chance.

 

Finally, if you are an IT company looking to hire a team or an individual and are unable to find the right fit. Don’t struggle, reach out to staffing firms and let them get the right person for the job for you. Especially, if you are looking to hire for contract staffing or even permanent staffing reach out to them today.

 

I hope these tips have been helpful, do try them out and let me know your experience or if you would like me to add few more points. Do write to me, I will be happy to post your experience or add the points you mentioned.