Why Job Boards Don’t Work: The Truth About Finding the Best IT Talent
May 5, 2023
Why Job Boards Don’t Work: The Truth About Finding the Best IT Talent
May 5, 2023

Are you sick of throwing your job postings into the abyss of job boards and waiting for a miracle? We thought so. Because let’s be real, it’s not the most effective way to score the top IT talent out there.

Here’s why:

The best candidates are not on the job boards

And, the best candidates are not actively looking for jobs. One of the biggest problems with job boards is that they are passive. They rely on candidates to actively search and apply for jobs. However, the best candidates are often not actively looking for jobs. They may be open to new opportunities, but they’re not going to spend hours sifting through job board postings. This means that you’re missing out on a large pool of potential talent if you’re only relying on job boards.

Job boards don’t drive qualified candidates back to your company

Job boards are a terrible way to find qualified candidates. They’re great at finding people who are looking for jobs, but not so great at finding the right ones.

The problem is that job boards don’t really care about your company or the type of person you need. They just want to get as many applicants as possible in front of employers to justify their fee. So when you post an opening on one of these sites, it’s likely that lots of unqualified people will apply. And there goes your time wasted sifting through irrelevant CVs! Worst still, what if no one applies, (and this does happen!) – what then?

Only 1 in 20 applicants are actually a fit

As you may have noticed, there are a lot of people looking for jobs on job boards. And as you also might have noticed (if you’ve ever applied for one), most of them aren’t qualified. The result? You get a lot of low-quality candidates–people who don’t meet your requirements or have any relevant experience.

Many companies have tried these boards to find their next IT employee, only to find that they end up with more low-quality applicants than good ones. They then wonder why this keeps happening! So let’s go back to what we said earlier – job boards are great sources of passive candidates. However, when it comes down to actually finding the best people in your industry and getting them interested in working for your company, job boards just don’t cut it anymore.

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Good candidates get lost

Job boards are crowded, and your job posting can easily get lost in the noise. Candidates may scroll past your posting or not even see it at all. This means that even if you do get good candidates applying, they may not be the right fit for the job or your company. You’re not getting the cream of the crop, and you may end up settling for a candidate who is just okay. You’re better than that!

It can even lower your employer brand

You might be thinking, “but my company has a great employer brand”. And you’d be right – it’s likely that you do have a great employer brand. But it’s probably not as good as you think it is if you use job boards. Job boards are not a good way to attract candidates; they’re a way to get them in front of your eyes so you can reject them later on. Job boards also aren’t effective at building relationships with candidates. Something that’s key in a skills crisis. The lack of personal approach is a problem.

So even if there are some great candidates on the boards, is you advert enough to tempt them? Worst still, in today’s market where applications are few and far between it can mean advertising your vacancy multiple times. You go and do the same thing, and expect a different result. But advertising your role multiple times screams that there’s something wrong, That you are unable to fill the vacancy and this worries candidates and will prevent them from applying.

What to do instead of using job boards

When it comes to finding the best talent for your IT team, working with a recruitment agency like Langley James can be a game changer. Not only do we have years of experience sourcing candidates and matching them with top companies, but we also have access to a much larger pool of potential hires than you would find on a job board. But that’s not all.

There’s lots of other advantages to working with a recruiter.

  • Recruiters have relationships with a wide range of candidates who may not be actively looking, but who would be a great fit for your company. We can help you tap into this pool of hidden talent and find the perfect candidate for your team.
  • We can do much of the legwork for you. We take the time to review CVs, screen candidates, and present you with a shortlist of top contenders. This not only saves you time, but it also ensures that you’re only interviewing candidates who are a great fit for the role.
  • In addition to having access to a wider pool of candidates and saving you time, recruiters can also help you navigate the complex world of IT hiring. We understand the ins and outs of the industry and can help you identify the skills and experience that are most important for your specific role. We can also help you develop competitive compensation packages and negotiate with candidates on your behalf.

At the end of the day, while job boards can be a useful tool in your recruitment arsenal, they’re far from the best way to find top IT talent. Working with a recruitment agency like Langley James can help you tap into a wider pool of candidates, save you time, and help you navigate the complexities of the hiring process. So if you’re serious about finding the best talent for your team, reach out to us today and let us help you find your next superstar.


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