Recruiters and employers are all too familiar with the shifting economy as consequences from pre and post-COVID markets. Triggering new waves of both the Great Reassessment and the Great Resignation, companies’ approaches to the hiring process have been forced to evolve. One of the major players is job postings, as long-standing posts often deter quality applicants.
REASONING FOR LONG-STANDING JOB POSTS
There are plenty of reasons why a job posting may be left up for months at a time. A company may not have enough quality talent for the specific role, cannot find the right fit for their culture, or the hiring team is overwhelmed with their current workload and cannot dedicate time to complete the hiring process. In addition, a long-standing job post could often be indicative of a compensation and benefits package that is not aligning with the role that is being filled.
“A long-standing job post is telling your candidates and competition you don’t have the internal resources to successfully hire the right team.”
–Jeremy Gnozzo, CEO & Founder, Search Solution Elite
COST TO THE COMPANY
- Time to Hire – Regardless of the reasoning, long-standing job posts can do more damage than good when filling a necessary role. The time-to-hire extension will cost the company lost time in fulfilling that gap of duties, often resulting in impending suffrage from either incomplete tasks or unloading more work onto current employees.
- Financial Cost – In addition, there is a hefty financial cost, as continuous reposting on job boards or running paid advertising for the position can add up over time.
- Rethinking Talent Outreach – Unsuccessful recruiting due to an unfilled job post will most likely cause a company to remove the job altogether to reassess, then repost later. During this period, there will be more time dedicated (and taken away from primary duties) to adjust the position’s details. Namely, employers will need to modify how they evaluate applicant results, develop new outreach strategies, and possibly even modify entire benefit offerings.
- Lost Candidates and Team Members to Competition – If a viewer can see your job posting, you can almost guarantee your competitors will see the same thing. So, if they are picking up on the same red flags as the prospect, they are inferring a potential competitive weakness in your recruiting approach and company culture. They may utilize this knowledge to poach team members from your organization.
THE CANDIDATES’ PERSPECTIVE
After witnessing a job post that went live months ago or has been reposted several times, it’s typical for an applicant to be wary or make certain assumptions. If their hiring process is clearly not working, then what other aspects of the company is also in disarray? Does the environment not boast a positive corporate culture, which could contribute to an unhealthy work-life balance, high turnover rates, or insufficient methods for strategic hiring processes?
Since finding a new job is a full-time job in and of itself, time is limited. Today’s workforce is smart and has been well trained in identifying potential red flags waived by long-standing job posts.
HOW SSE CAN HELP
Search Solution Elite has created a robust five-step process to make sure that all of our client’s needs are delivered in a timely fashion and that their expectations are met. We define the search criteria based solely on your needs, complete in-depth screening of qualified candidates, evaluate top matches to collaborate with you on the final list of candidates, then complete all final onboarding steps with the offer letter, start date, and paperwork to facilitate a seamless integration into your team.
With a 99% completion rate for finding the perfect matches and top talent, Search Solution Elite is one of the most dedicated and reliable search firms around. Instead of waiting months at a time to find a quality candidate, SSE takes the heavy lifting off your plate. From extensive interviews, job board setups, resume scanning, or taking away time from other imperative tasks, your company would be relieved of these tasks with one dedicated team of expert recruiters.
SEARCH SOLUTION ELITE:
Search Solution Elite is the search firm of choice for the nation’s most talented leaders and executives. For decades, SSE has worked with the most prestigious brands to locate and place top-level talent throughout various sectors. With a team of expertly trained headhunters, focused divisions, and an overflowing network of talent, clients in any industry are provided with unparalleled service and delivered only the best candidates for each organization.
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