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As the name suggests, Online Recruitment is the sourcing of job seekers through the medium of the internet. Seeing as the internet today is so broad, several different recruitment methods have been developed over the past decade which has helped to match millions of jobseekers with their ideal jobs.
Job boards come in a wide variety of forms. There are several very large boards that advertise all kinds of jobs across all conceivable industries, usually attracting millions of jobseekers and having gigantic databases of CVs. Others are more specific, serving either specific industries, roles or geographic locations and so attracting highly specialised job seekers. This landscape makes Advertising on Job Boards a tricky and quite risky endeavour as aspects such as the wording and other key features have a significant impact on how much the job appears for given searches. A good Online Recruitment agent will know which job is best suited for which Job Boards and will use the best techniques to ensure as many candidates see the vacancy as possible.
Online Recruitment has also spread into company websites. As technology has evolved, websites have taken on more and more functionality and so become more than just a virtual business card. If a site attracts a lot of people, it’s logical to host a portion of the recruiting process on it to try and market job vacancies to a wider audience. It is now industry practise for company sites to have a “careers” section where jobseekers can submit CVs or conduct a job application, something that i4 has embraced and utilise to great effect.
Social recruitment is a relatively new form of Online Recruitment (and more broadly, E-Recruitment). It has grown with the social networking revolution and broadly involves executing part or all of the recruitment process across social media channels such as facebook and twitter. Some recruiters use the platform to simply market new job vacancies however, at i4 we are pioneering a revolutionary new use of the social media. Our jobseekers referral scheme utilises social media to not only collect of a pool of potential new candidates and CVs but allows them to refer a job vacancy to any of their friends. This has the effect of vastly increasing the i4 talent pool, giving us access to more skilled individuals than most other recruiters.
Online Recruitment offers many advantages over more traditional recruitment models. Firstly, it speeds up the entire recruitment process as job vacancies are added to listings almost immediately. Likewise, candidates can respond to these vacancies at an almost instant speed. This allows for high levels of flexibility, being able to advertise and fill a job vacancy in an incredibly short period of time.
Online Recruitment is far reaching. Geographic restrictions have now become far less of an issue as the internet is relatively universal, jobseekers can see the same message where ever they are. Not only this but the use of social recruitment means that job vacancies can enter into jobseekers' daily lives via automated emails for their Facebook newsfeed. This has the benefit of a larger candidate pool for each job vacancy, resulting in a higher quality employee.
The whole Online Recruitment process benefits from substantial cost savings over more traditional recruitment models as a large proportion of the recruiting process is automated, saving on the cost of data entry. Furthermore, by advertising jobs in very large volumes, Online Recruitment Agents can achieve unit prices far lower than smaller, individual recruiters.
i4 are fully aware of all the benefits associated with online recruitment and are able to pass great cost savings across to our clients. For just £545 per vacancy, we can advertise a job across 30+ job boards for four weeks. See our job board price comparison for more details on our incredible cost savings.