With a finite number of job vacancies, potential employees must find ways to get his or her foot in the door for that lucrative position. Indeed, the human resources landscape has become more competitive, but new software makes it easier for employers.
As the unemployment rate staggers, there are tens of thousands of employment seekers searching endlessly through the numerous job websites out there that have thousands of job postings. As employers seek the cream of the crop in today’s tough economy, the hiring process has significantly altered.
Gone are the days of traveling to the place of business, leaving a resume and waiting for a phone call. Nowadays, people can apply for positions online using social media, participate in an interview using Skype and keep in touch with future employers utilizing LinkedIn or Facebook. This also means access to even more applicants.
How can a company go through such a hiring ordeal? There are various Internet companies that cater to these businesses that seek top talent from around the globe. These entities post jobs, sort through the applications and initiate screening processes.
HiringThing, a new hiring start-up that is geared toward small- and medium-sized businesses, has software that makes finding employees easier and faster. Its unique software has various features that can instantly drive applicant traffic, track applicants’ status and even rank applications to keep records of promising candidates.
Started in Mar. 2012, the Portland, Oregon-based firm announced the end of a $1 million funding round, which included investors Babcock & Jenkins, the founders of Survey Monkey and John and Jeff Crowe of Kansas City.
During its closed beta process, it collected thousands of resumes and filled many of the job listings. Due to its public release, companies can now use online recruiting tools to find individuals that match the qualifications for the job at hand.
HiringThing notes that the top talent is out there, but it is becoming rather difficult for companies to find them. Eric Semon, Director of Customer Success at HiringThing, stated that it’s important to apply the traditional methods, while also using modern techniques, like social media.
“As competition for existing jobs increases, so has the search to find that quality talent. It is no longer possible to hang a virtual “help wanted” sign and expect to receive top tier talent,” writes the HiringThing director. “Employers must get exposure to their brand and their openings by focusing on the traditional forms of advertising, internal and external sourcing, and referrals while increasing the use of social media marketing and effective job post advertising strategies to stay on top of their game.”
The company has now partnered with many job boards, like Trovit, Indeed.com and Bright.com. It has already attracted such customers as J. Moore Partners, Speech Mobility, Hi-Tec, Questco Companies, Pinnacle Exhibits, Thermalin Diabetes and more.
For businesses on a tight budget, it offers a variety of monthly and annual plans from basic to max. Each plan includes analytics, automatic resume parsing, keyword matching, disclosure statements, SSL encryption, screening questions and other features.
It even offers tips in its weekly blog posts to aid businesses in the hiring process, such as how to write better job descriptions, personalities to keep an eye out for and how to perform a technical interview with candidates.