Introduction to Recruitment

Introduction to Recruitment
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Many companies simply wait for talent to come to them. Simply advertising an open position and hoping that you find the right talent does not guarantee that you will find the best people for the jobs in your organization. Actively seeking out qualified candidates is the best way to ensure that you find the talent that you need. Recruitment is essential to the success of your business.

What is Recruitment?

Recruitment is a process that involves actively seeking, finding, and attracting new employees. There are two sources for recruitment: internal candidates and external candidates. It should occur on a continuous basis as to fill any gaps that may occur unexpectedly. There are three needs that recruitment can help companies meet.


Unexpected vacancies: Death, illness, accidents, and family emergencies can leave unexpected vacancies. Constant recruiting will help find qualified candidates quickly and prevent companies from hiring out of necessity.

Anticipated vacancies: Changes due to trends and internal promotions allow employers to anticipate what positions will soon become available.

Deliberate changes: Restructuring and organizational changes will alter jobs and company needs. Consistent recruitment allows companies to fill their needs quickly and easily.

Challenges and Trends

When recruiting, it is important to stay aware of the current challenges and trends that companies face. The recent economic changes have created new trends and challenges for employee recruitment.


Companies are hiring more employees since the recession began.

Small and medium-sized companies are responsible for much of this hiring.

More companies are focusing on retaining the talent that they recruit.

Social media is becoming a standard method for recruiting new employees.


Reaching the different age groups: Fewer people are retiring as Generation Y enters the job market.

Differentiating between talent and experience: There are many “overqualified” candidates who should not be overlooked. Find the best fit for your company culture.

Position changes: The recession required many companies to combine tasks from two jobs into one, and finding employees who can fulfill these new roles can be difficult.

Sourcing Candidates

Sourcing candidates is finding the best candidates for a position. This is a bit more complicated than it seems. It is important to use every tool at your disposal in order to source the best candidates for your company.


Determine the skills and responsibilities of each position before sourcing.

Do not assume that a person who does not list every skill set on a resume lacks them. Resumes are overviews, and do not always allow candidates to briefly list every skill set.

Combine electronic searches, job boards, social networking, referrals, and direct contacts to find the best source candidates.

Search all resumes, not just the most current ones.

Speak to at least 10 candidates before conducting interviews.


The job requirements need to be established before recruiting. Requirements help determine the type of talent that you need along with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to do a job well.


Knowledge: Education necessary to meet the requirements, such as a high school diploma or bachelor’s degree.

Skill sets: Experience and training transform basic knowledge into useful skills such as typing, speaking, or sales.

Talent: People have natural talents that help build teams. Some are good at relationships, some are practical, some are innovative, and some are visionaries. Determine which talents an employee should have before creating a job requirement.


More About Employee Recruitment

The Selection Process in Recruitment
Types of  Interviews in The Recruiting Process
Types of Interview Questions in The Recruiting Process
Avoiding Bias When Selecting Workers
The Importance of Background Checks in Recruitment


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