Recruitment is the process of attracting, short listing, selecting and appointing candidates for suitable roles in an organization. This process is a very important step of Human Resource Management in any organization and isn’t done without proper strategy.
Recruitment of candidates follows these stages:
1. Identification of a vacancy and evaluating whether there is need.
2. Developing a position description outlining the duties, tasks, skills required, title and pay grade.
3. Setting up a recruitment plan which entails identifying the posting period, placement goals, advertising resource, diversity agencies and resume banks.
4. Setting up a search committee who will have direct contact with the applicants to ensure there is no bias in the recruitment and the selected candidates meet the set job skill set.
5. Reviewing applicants and developing a short list which entails reviewing all CVs sent through the active application channels and short listing the candidates who meet the set criteria.
6. Conducting interviews using different methods such as aptitude tests, panel interviews. Deciding on the interview questions is also vital during this stage.
7. Selecting the hire after the committee discusses the outcome of the interviews that have already been done. Reference checks can also be done to help make the decision on who to hire.
8. Finalizing the recruitment which entails the organization making an offer to the select recruit, negotiating on the offer and finally coming to an agreement on the offer.
In the recruitment process,
Curriculum vitaes (CVs) are usually screened in order for the recruiters to come up with a short list of candidates whose skill sets meet their requirements. The CV is ones first point of contact with potential employers and it’s the only chance one might have to make a first good impression. The following are tips that have been recommended by CV writing consultants that have worked in creating a good first impression to:
1. Formatting/structuring your CV in a clear manner and not leaving out information that will be needed in contacting you e.G. Telephone number/email. Clearly state reasons why there be gaps in your CV for instance maternity/paternity leave. Ensure that your CV is future focused so that the reader will immediately identify the role you are seeking for and the skills you have.
2. Outline output and achievements not tasks. Focus on what your achievements are from your previous role and provide honest evidence. Bullet key points rather than writing paragraphs to make it easy to read.
3. Keep it simple by avoiding jargon’s and abbreviations that might not be known.
4. Be concise; outline your past education and work experience in a concise manner avoiding unnecessary information.
5. Customize your CV for each role. Use the job description advertised to customize your CV focusing on your skills and achievements. Increasingly, organizations are now using software selection tools to “sift” for the initial stages. Using employer’s keywords ensure that your CV passes the sift.
6. Be sure to apply before the deadline to avoid being “locked out”.
7. Ensure that your online brand is clean because many employers often go online to look for more information about who you are aside from just checking the CV.