Simply put, ‘sourcing’ candidates is about identifying the best candidates from across the market place – actually ‘recruiting’ and securing these brilliant individuals for new job vacancies role is a whole new challenge. The average recruiter spends in excess of 15 hours each week sourcing candidates for jobs to meet their respective client’s needs. An increasingly useful tool to aid this process is LinkedIn as are other forms of social media. However, speed and quality in the candidate sourcing process, along with an efficiently managed recruitment process is, as ever, the key to success. Across 2013 within the Impact Finance division we have found that there are still high levels of applicants looking for new roles and new opportunities. What has proven an essential component in the recruitment process has been listening and understanding our Media/ Creative clients’ needs and then working with candidates to find and secure the most relevant positions to suit both parties.
According to recent studies, employers who recruit and advertise for live vacancies directly are finding that only 15-17 percent of applicants possess the immediate relevant skills needed to suit these positions. This means that as a result, a significant amount of time is being invested by managers to sift through the responses of applicants and evaluate suitable candidates.
To fix this problem, a good place to start is with creating effective job descriptions, making sure they accurately portray the skills and qualifications necessary for the position whilst at the same time inspiring potential applicants by bringing the job to life. This can be done by positively emphasising the day-to-day tasks and skills necessary to do the job and highlighting the company goals that need to be accomplished in the specific role, rather than simply looking for a certain amount of education and experience. Furthermore, an effectively managed start-to-finish recruitment process means a smooth, consistent approach throughout.
Here at Impact we are passionate about providing honest, up-front and clear advice and consultation to our candidates and clients alike to ensure we offer the very best customer experience. We see the candidate experience is a ‘journey’ and it is crucial that this starts from the moment the candidate is initially contacted by Impact about a new job opening. As part of our process we ensure that we meet our candidates to assess their respective skills, experience and wider career requirements before reporting back to our clients with the strongest possible candidate short-list to match the vacancy. Personally speaking, meeting with bright, ambitious, engaging candidates to discuss my live Finance roles is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job! Furthermore, by ensuring we meet our candidates we are able to build rapport, trust and a mutual understanding to ensure the process runs as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Impact Finance division cover perm, temp and contract roles across all levels of Finance & Accountancy and is made up of the two James’. Together we cover:
- James Baybutt – Senior Consultant:qualified level & Senior Finance recruitment.
- James Morgan – Consultant:Transactional & Part Qualified Finance recruitment.
For any Finance and Accounting recruitment needs, salary surveys or general information about the Media/ Creative market place please feel free to get in touch with us on 0207 307 6400.