Job vacancy ads on web waste companies’ time

Nearly
half of all businesses are wasting time and money advertising job vacancies on
recruitment websites according to research published today.

While
the number of companies using commercial job websites to recruit new staff has
grown from 7 per cent in December 1999 to 40 per cent, that popularity has not
been matched by success in matching suitable applicants to vacancies.

"Advertising
on commercial job websites is increasingly popular because it is a cheap means
of generating a high volume of applicants. However, the sites have not always
been found to be as effective at attracting suitable applications as was
anticipated when they launched," says Professor Shaun Tyson from Cranfield
School of Management.

"While
the monetary cost may be small, companies are losing more in terms of time
wasted processing applications they will never even consider for
interview."

The
findings have been published in the quarterly Recruitment Confidence Index
published by Cranfield School of Management in partnership with The Daily
Telegraph. Five hundred organisations took part.

By
Katie Hawkins

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