Job boards failing to find top-quality candidates

Two-thirds
of employers that use job boards are unhappy with the quality and quantity of
candidates they attract as a result.

Research
from the Recruitment Confidence Index has shown that two in five employers (40
per cent) are posting jobs on internet jobs boards, but nearly two in three are
unhappy with the response they are getting.

Of
the nearly 2,000 organisations surveyed, 62 per cent complain they aren’t
attracting enough candidates and 63 per cent report that the candidates they
are attracting are unsuitable.

Despite
this, 46 per cent of employers expect to expand their use of commercial
recruitment sites over the next five years.

Commenting
on the findings, Dr Emma Parry, a research fellow at Cranfield School of
Management, said the poor response reported by employers to job board adverts
was partly because the internet was making job hunters lazy.

“Job
hunters can send their CVs to scores of different employers at the click of a
button, and they do. They think that by sending their CVs haphazardly to as
many people as possible, recruiters will work out which bits are relevant.
Recruiters wouldn’t have done this before the days of e-recruitment and they
won’t do it now.”

The
Recruitment Confidence Index is a quarterly survey of UK directors’ and managers’
expectations of changes in recruitment activity and business conditions. It is
produced by Cranfield School of Management and the Daily Telegraph.

By Ben Willmott

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