How to source passive candidates?
Passive candidates do not actively surf the web for new opportunities. They rarely make voluntary searches on job boards and other forums. In this case, how do you source passive candidates? Recruiters need to look at the right candidate sourcing software and appropriate strategies, with which struggling to bring in passive candidates can become a distant memory. The following are ways you can look at when you devise your passive candidate recruiting plan.
1. Social media platforms are gold mines. Use them wisely.
‘Post and pray’ is no more a working strategy for hiring managers. With LinkedIn becoming crowded with recruiters on a constant talent hunt, you cannot depend on this platform to be your only hope for passive recruiting. It’s about time you rethink your social media recruiting strategy and begin exploring platforms other than Linkedin.
For instance, Twitter is an interesting platform where you can shift your focus to. Using the right hashtags and keywords isn’t what influencers should only do! Recruiters can make use of Twitter’s advanced search feature to filter out user profiles that use targeted industry-specific keywords. Let’s imagine you need to hire a content marketer. All you need to do is, look for users who frequently use #contentmarketing and tweet insight-rich content. Follow them, drop a message, let them know how interesting this opportunity is, and voila! That could turn out to be your best bet.
These are just examples. There are other untapped social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Meetup, GitHub, Flickr, and (even) StackOverflow, that can introduce you to efficient passive recruiting. We have an eBook that lists out such platforms and guides you on how to use them for sourcing passive candidates 10x faster. You can take it home from here.
2. Explore the right automation tools.
No. Passive candidates recruiting is not going to be that mundane task you hate to do - provided you start using the right automation tools. Freshteam, for instance, offers a whole gamut of features that help make your sourcing ‘automagic.’ Here’s a mini-list of some of them.
One-click Distribution: All it takes to distribute your job posts across major job boards such as Indeed, Adzuna, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter is a single click. Manage them from one central hub.
Applicant Auto-flow: Every applicant from every sourcing channel will flow automatically into one system (the Freshteam ATS) with your effort being nil.
Automated Screening: When passive candidates apply for tech roles, Freshteam ATS can automatically send them a coding test. Passive candidates can quickly change their minds, so on-time action matters.
- Auto-shift Candidates: Why keep your candidates waiting? You can use Frehsteam ATS to automatically advance them from LinkedIn to the face-to-face round.
Automated ATS systems like Freshteam will take up the heavy-lifting part of sourcing passive candidates and make your game easier. Meaning, you can focus more on devising recruiting strategies while AI takes the driver seat and keeps working for you. Recruiting automation is a blessing to recruiters. To understand what you can do with Freshteam’s Autopilot feature, check out these candidate sourcing use cases.