What Recruiters Can Learn from Crocodiles and Plovers

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Nile crocodile and Egyptian plover Courtesy of www.wolver.org

Nile crocodile and Egyptian plover
Courtesy of www.wolver.org

Have you ever heard the tale of the African crocodile and the Egyptian plover?

The story of these two species and their symbiotic relationship has been around for thousands of years. Here, both the crocodile and plover benefit from the actions of the other. Its completely mutual.

According to this myth (and loosely based facts), the crocodiles lie on the shores of the Nile River with their mouths open while plover fly into the open mouths and, like a giant piece of dental floss, eat the leftover meat stuck between the crocodile’s teeth. The plover get full and the crocodiles keep their bright smiles.

The validity of this relationship is constantly in question — in fact most believe it is a myth — but it teaches an important concept of nature where two seemingly different parts can work together for the overall good.

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Employee Recruiting the Smart Way

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Successful Business People.Face it. Sooner or later – if your business is having success and growing – you’re going to have to hire employees so you can move on to the next level.

Here’s the problem. Every other company is competing for the brightest minds and most talented employees too. So how do you set yourself apart and get ahead of the competition? How can you recruit with the best of them? Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your recruiting process right away.

1. Utilize Employee Referrals — You already have great and productive employees who not only get the job done, but also fit in with the company culture. Why not utilize their address book or Facebook friends list? Looking at employee referrals as potential candidates is a great way to find qualified people without having to use social media or a headhunter. Referrals can also help speed up the hiring process and give you inside knowledge about the candidate’s character, personality and work ethic so you can streamline the hiring process.

2. Spend Time on the Job Description — This part of the recruiting process is often overlooked, but it can actually be one of the most important factors in finding that ideal candidate. Spend some time crafting a job description that accurately reflects not only the importance of completing tasks, but also qualifications and work experience necessary to benefit your company. If the job required 2-3 years of experience, make sure you say so. Don’t be afraid to talk about what you don’t want in a candidate either. A number of small businesses fail to accurately describe the details of the job, and therefore, don’t get the best possible candidate applying in the first place.

3. Use Social Networks — This may seem overwhelming, especially with what seems like an endless number of social media sites out there, but if you aren’t utilizing Linkedin, Facebook, or any other social media source, you are missing out on a number of recruiting opportunities. Start with creating a good online presence with a complete company bio and contact information. Make sure you appear human so potential employees feel an instant connection to your brand and company culture. Then, start using social media resources like filtering Facebook ads to those who have previously shown interest in your brand. You can also look into applicants Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter profiles before bringing them in for an interview.

4. Get Out of the Office — It’s easy to just draft a job description, post it online or in a local print publication and wait for resumes to come to you, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll find the best candidate. Get out of the office and away from your computer and find the brightest and hardest working people out there. Go to trade shows or conferences and talk with people about their background and work experience. Go to colleges and universities when they host job fairs and talk to recent or upcoming graduates about their future plans. In this ever-changing and dynamic professional landscape, you need bright young minds with experience with technology, even if they don’t have “real-world” experience just yet.

5. Stay in Contact with Candidates — As a job applicant, there is nothing worse than applying for a job or going in for an interview and not hearing anything from the company for weeks. Stay in contact with potential employees. Busy schedules are understandable, but if a candidate doesn’t hear back from you after a week, he or she may take another opportunity. Keep them informed about where you are in the hiring process. If you offer the job to the candidate and they turn it down, don’t burn that bridge. Stay in contact. They may change their mind six months from now or a position may open up at your company they are better suited for and more excited about.

So take action today and start recruiting the right employees that will help your company move forward in the coming years.

Zoho Recruit: Reach Out to Candidates Faster with an SMS

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The biggest challenge in the field of recruitment is to ensure that the job vacancies are filled on time. Talent acquisition is not an easy task, and contacting potential candidates when vacancies appear, following up them for the interviews, etc., can often be frustrating, expensive and a time-consuming experience. In recent years, mobile technology has proven to be a powerful communication tool than email because of its faster reach. That’s why we have been working on a new feature that will help you overcome the obstacles of recruitment and make the process much easier.

We are happy to announce the New Integrated SMS feature in Zoho Recruit, that will help you communicate effectively and efficiently with candidates and contacts during the hiring process.  A single click, and voi-là! You can send text messages to multiple candidates using Zoho Recruit! Not just that! You can also create custom SMS templates that will save your time from re-typing the same messages every time. All the messages you send will be recorded in Message History for future reference.

We hope you like this new feature. We look forward for your feedback!

Happy recruiting!

Zoho Recruit: Post Jobs on CareerBuilder

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Sourcing the right talent for the right job at the right time helps the organization sustain a high performing culture. Attract the top talent with Zoho Recruit’s Integrated Recruitment Solution.

Today we are excited to announce a new feature: Integration with CareerBuilder, the largest online job site that helps match the right talent with the right opportunity.

You can instantly post new jobs to CareerBuilder from within Zoho Recruit – Recruitment Software, with just a click of a button.  Finally, the applicants that apply to your job openings will be entered directly into the system

We hope you like this new feature. As always, we look forward hearing from you if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback.

Happy Sourcing!

Zoho Recruit: Integration with Jobaline’s Pay-per-Pick

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Today we are happy to announce our new integration with Jobaline’s pay-per-pick platform. For the first time in the recruiting industry, recruiters and small businesses will be able to reach unique candidates by posting jobs on premium job boards and pay only for qualified candidates. Combining Zoho Recruit and Jobaline creates a powerful cloud-based end-to-end recruiting solution.

Benefits using Jobaline’s Pay-per-pick

  • 100% risk free – there is no obligation to buy
  • A reach of a national job board: over 60% of the candidates are exclusive and won’t be found on other job boards
  • There are no time limits on your posting – it runs until you find qualified candidates
  • Save time – read resume summaries candidates wrote for you – instead of generic resumes

Highlights of the Zoho Recruit – Jobaline integration

  • End-to-End recruiting solution, from job posting to interview, all in one application
  • Pay-per-Pick job advertising to the Job.com Network of over 33M registered job seekers, available right from within Zoho Recruit
  • Job application organized and stored in Jobaline – keeps email inbox clutter free
  • Picked candidates are directly uploaded to Zoho Recruit – no data copying
  • Available to all editions of Zoho Recruit, no job limits for free edition users
We hope you like it. Please comment and let us know what you think.

Zoho Recruit: Post Jobs on Glassdoor

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Today we are here to let you know the availability of yet another job board integration – Glassdoor.com.

Glassdoor is the largest online career community, offering an inside look at companies and access to millions of job listings. Glassdoor helps employees, job seekers, employers and recruiters find and share salary, ratings, reviews & interview information for more than 150,000 companies.

You can post your jobs to Glassdoor, directly from within Zoho Recruit – Online Recruitment Software. Once the candidate applies to the job opening, the candidate details are captured inside Zoho Recruit.

We hope you like it! There’s lots more cool features coming soon, so stay tuned.