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Keri Aaver: Got job openings? Find qualified candidates fast!

Posted: September 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Keri Aaver

 

There are many ways that employers can go about looking for employees to fill their job openings. However, not all approaches are created equal. When looking for new employees, there are three best approaches, if you want a good return on your investment of time and money, and not all of them have a related cost. Here they are in no particular order:

1) LinkedIn — Savvy employers are using LinkedIn to find mid- to high-level employees to fill their positions that require someone with professional experience. LinkedIn makes it possible for employers to quickly connect to potential candidates that are already connected to their company through other employees, and to locate candidates that are already successfully doing the same job elsewhere, but may be interested in a new opportunity. I would encourage every company that has a presence on LinkedIn to ask their current employees to connect to the company on LinkedIn. This will increase the direct connections they have to other potentially like-minded job candidates that are connected to existing employees. Your current employees can then give the hiring manager a personal assessment of the individual’s fit for the company.

2) CalJobs —– Jobseekers and employers alike are returning to CalJobs.ca.gov to connect with employment and to fill job openings. Anyone that is eligible to collect unemployment is required to register in CalJobs and be actively seeking employment. Prior to July 1, 2013 the CalJobs system was somewhat archaic and not very user friendly. That is no longer the case. Jobseekers can now upload their resumes and easily utilize the site as a tool for gaining new or better employment. Employers can also search the site and locate a larger pool of qualified candidates within the geographic where they are located.

3) Employment specialists and recruiters — WorkSource Centers and Staffing Agencies have employees that specialize in pre-screening candidates and assisting employers in finding the candidates they need in the most efficient manner possible. CalJobs and LinkedIn are two of the tools they use to find the candidates, in addition to job ready candidates they are already assisting to connect to employment. Next, the employment specialists take the extra step of pre-screening/pre-interviewing the candidates before forwarding them on to employers. This eliminates a great deal of time and energy that employers spend on interviewing candidates that may have the qualifications they are looking for but are truly not “job ready” candidates.

Do yourself a favor and start using the most effective and efficient tools for finding your next employees. You’ll be glad you did!

Keri Aaver is the Interim Director of the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center at College of the Canyons. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. For more information about the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center services and workshops, call (661) 799-WORK (9675) or visit www.worksantaclarita.com.

 

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