Find your next employee in no time using online recruiting sites.
Online recruiting is a little like online dating. Sometimes you match with your dream candidate, sometimes they describe themselves as a “team player” or “looking for adventure,” and sometimes whom you meet in the interview is not the person you thought you were messaging. But your single friends (or maybe you) are right: it’s really hard to meet someone offline. But which recruiting websites can you trust? We’ve outlined a few pros and cons for each of the major recruiting sites listed.
What is it? Elevated Careers is a newcomer to the recruiting industry and was – oddly enough – created by eHarmony. It matches employers and candidates based on compatibility.
The pros: Unlike other job sites, Elevated Careers uses predictive algorithms to match job seekers with jobs based on three types of compatibility: skills, culture and personality. This approach goes beyond the basic resume requirements, location and salary expectations to ensure you’re hiring someone who will mesh well with your team.
The cons: The biggest asset of Elevated Careers is also the biggest liability. The process the site uses requires a lot of input on your part. Not only will you have to list the skills, experiences and degrees you’re looking for, but you’ll also have to create an in-depth personality profile for your business. If you or your HR manager don’t have a ton of time to spare, the number of multiple-choice questions can be frustrating.
What is it? Known as “Facebook with a bowtie,” LinkedIn is the number-one professional social media site that facilitates connections between employees, businesses, peers and consumers. And while it’s much more than a job listing site, one of the key aspects of LinkedIn lies in its job-search functionality.
The pros: The great thing about LinkedIn is that you and most potential candidates already have an account (or at least they should). Most LinkedIn profiles are also extremely comprehensive, allowing candidates to list awards, publications and additional experience details that might not fit on their resumes. The site’s “easy apply” function allows job seekers to submit their application materials with the click of a button, meaning that your job listing will likely get hits the same day that it’s posted.
The cons: But that “easy apply” button is also a double-edged sword. It can be hard to tell if people are applying because they’re interested in the position, or if they’re applying because it’s fast.
What is it? Indeed has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. The site provides job seekers with an aggregated database of job postings from across different company websites and job boards and presents them in a simple and seamless format.
The pros: In theory, Indeed’s aggregated database is supposed to streamline the job search and recruitment processes by acting as a search engine for relevant skills and opportunities. Another benefit is the email feature, which sends updates straight to your inbox.
The cons: Indeed is a no-frills job board, so it doesn’t come with many of the fancier features that other recruitment sites offer. Employers can access only “public” candidate profiles, but even then, the information you see is limited to the basics: name, location, education, and work experience. That means you must let candidates come to you.
What is it? Perhaps the most well-known job site on the internet, Monster is a powerful resource for both job seekers and employers. The platform is constantly coming out with new features, setting the standard for the rest of the industry.
The pros: Monster offers incredibly advanced filtering options and a helpful resource center. Job posts are distributed via Monster as well as hundreds of local news sites, and there are flexible options to start and stop job postings at any time. Monster also offers advanced candidate matching filters, employer branding and the option to view candidate profiles.
The cons: Monster is a subscription service and does not offer any free plans. Employer branding and increased job post visibility also cost extra. So if you’re looking to save cash until you make your next hire, Monster may not be for you.