Understand how Recruiters find candidates to hire
By Selipha Kihagi
Ever wondered why a position you were suitably qualified for got filled by somebody else? Or why you got to see a position suited to your qualifications too late a time to apply? Your answer to these two questions has a common determinant – recruiters. It is through how recruiters find candidates that determine the difference.
For employers to hire in new positions, they need recruiters to do the “dirty work” for them. They come up with a job description for the role, advertise the positions on different mediums and start the recruiting process. You can read more here about the recruiters’ process step by step to understand more.
To find a job opening in good time, make your application for consideration, and later get to the interview, you must understand how recruiters find candidates. Searching through career websites and making applications as directed will not be enough. You need to remember that most job sites put up positions when recruiters have made the decision to advertise. So, let’s explore more about how recruiters find candidates.
How Recruiters Find Candidates to Hire
Recruiters will always be either in-house or external; in-house recruiters hire on behalf of the company they work for, while external recruiters hire on behalf of different employers. With external recruiters, they work in recruitment firms and agencies. You can read more about how recruitment agencies in Kenya work here. Regardless of which recruiter you work with, how you get found and called to an interview today remains common.
Here are 3 ways recruiters use to find candidates;
1. Using LinkedIn
As Corporate Staffing, we have emphasized the need for candidates to be on LinkedIn on various occasions. So have other recruiters and employers. The professional site allows recruiters to head hunt and interact with potential employees. And based on your profile, recruiters can understand your qualifications, experience background and even what positions you are interested in.
So whenever these recruiters have an open position and you have an updated profile that can easily be found by recruiters, then you are good to be selected. The other good thing is that you can always reach out to potential employers and recruiters yourself. Make yourself visible to recruiters on LinkedIn using these simple steps.
2. Using job sites and personal websites
The other way recruiters find candidates to hire is by posting their open positions through sites such as Career Point, Brighter Monday and most importantly, their company websites. Open positions at Corporate Staffing for example, are always posted on this website. This is why it is always encouraged that you register to receive alerts whenever a position is open. You get to find it on time and make an application among the very first people, which makes it easier for recruiters to find your CV and remember you.
One thing to note with this form of applications though, is that the CV you use to apply must be well done. What this means is that it should include industry specific words and relate to the job description. If the advertised job title reads Sage Accountant, make sure your application reads exactly that in the title. Most recruiters will not go through each single application and will instead use key words to sift through. That’s why most adverts insist on a specific subject title to use in your email. If you are not sure about your CV, you can always consult a CV writing expert.
3. Recruiters find candidates using referrals
This is what most people in Kenya like to refer to as “knowing people”. Call it as you may, but employee referrals are very common and that’s why most candidates who get hired usually have a connection. There is nothing strange or wrong with having connections, you just need to make sure that you also have recruiters, employers and people working in your industries as connections.
Recruiters will always reach out to the people they know or other employees when head hunting to fill a position. It is up to you to make sure that the referral given is yours. Attend networking events, use LinkedIn and other professional means to connect with people as much as you can. You never know when recruiters will contact you, just like this lady made connections with a recruiter in a matatu.
All in All
Getting hired in Kenya requires job seekers to understand the hiring process, recruiters and even advertisements in and out. Know what recruiters are looking for and give them exactly that. You may be tempted to complain about favouritism, not getting called to an interview or even your lack in experience for most positions.
But at the end of the day, it is the candidates who decided not to complain and figured how recruiters find candidates that will get hired. Forget about other applicants for a moment and focus on making yourself stand out.
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