Free recruitment, sounds great, can it be done? If you follow a few simple and practical approaches yourself, you may be able to perform the recruitment task for little or no expense other than your own time.
Choosing the most effective route to finding candidate’s is crucial. You need to ask yourself what are the best recruitment techniques that you could be using? And if you actually have the time to carry out the recruitment process and if so will you get a good result?
What are the Free Recruitment Techniques?
Networking – Tell EVERYONE you know that you are looking to recruit. Tell them what you are looking for and ask them who they can think of. Utilise yours and your colleagues network of business contacts and contact them directly, being open and speaking to your friends, colleagues, bosses and making everyone you know aware you have a need is the first step.
Internal Recruitment – If you are part of a bigger organisation, who internally could you retrain for the role? Can you split the role and give the added responsibility to two or more employees?
Free Advertising – Have you advertised through the job centre, this costs nothing and due to unemployment being high, you may just strike gold. You may get a hiuge response, so your challenge is to have effective candidate filtering. (Or alternatively a lot of time on your hands)
Social Media – Advertise the role on your website, or social media sites you use. Sharing what you are looking for may lead the right candidate to you.
What is the Best Recruitment Technique to Use?
Following a structured recruitment process could help you get the right person you need in the right job. A structured process will help you pre-qualify your candidates and help you decide if they are right for the job. Being well prepared and using a structured selection process will also save you a lot of time.
When Free Recruitment Fails
Free recruitment techniques sometimes give excellent results especially recruitment through networking and word of mouth. At times these methods do not reach far enough to identify a suitable candidate who is also available.
Free recruiting relies on the fact that you and your colleagues go out of their way to ask friends and business associates if they know anyone suited, or on someone who is currently looking is seeing your advert on a specific time or day its posted and apply direct. Word of mouth and networked recruitment can deliver great results without reaching many candidates. However word of mouth recruitment is free but hits a very small target audience.
Have you got the Time to Recruit and do it Well?
Remember using any route for recruiting can take time out of your already hectic schedule, and to do it yourself you need to have the time available to filter all the applicants CV’s, make and take calls from applicants and your contacts, screen out candidates and then check out their references.
Consider your own day rate to the business and if you can do this outside of your normal working day. If recruiting in your own time is cost effective for you, to do it yourself. If not, then here are some simple and cost effective ways to get help: