Some other interesting findings:
Here are detailed responses. Thanks to all the over 500 readers who responded to the survey.
What recruiting sources have you used? (Check all that apply.)
Referrals from Current Employees
Big Job Boards (e.g., Monster, CareerBuilder)
Company Job Boards
State and/or Local Job Boards
Industry/Association Job Boards
Social Media Sites (e.g., Linked In, Facebook)
Specialized Job Boards (e.g., Dice, TheLadders)
Email to Contacts
Current Employees' Social Media and Professional Networks
“Other” responses included Newspapers (33 mentions) Craigslist (19 mentions), Colleges (17 mentions), and career fairs and local posting. One simple method “Flyers at Starbucks.”
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Using the list below, please rank the recruiting sources you've used with "1" for the most productive source, "2 for the next most productive, etc.
The Big Job Boards like Monster and Careerbuilder got the greatest number of #1 rankings, followed by the Company Job Board and Referrals from Current Employees.
This question also produced the average rating numbers for the rankings. Company job boards just edged out the big job boards, followed by referrals and specialized job boards. (For “Rating Average,” the lower the number, the higher the rating.)
Respondents rating the
Your Company Job Board
State and/or Local Job Boards
Email to Current Employees' Contacts Lists
What is your average or typical expenditure for posting or advertising an opening? (Please include only the amount to post or advertise the job, not including interviewing or other costs)?
$0 to $249
$250 to $499
$500 to $999
$1000 to $2499
$2500 or more
A sampling of comments on this question:
Do you use a computer/software Applicant Tracking System?
Nearly half of respondents use a computer/software applicant tracking system.
Use a tracking system?
In comments, ten respondents reported using an Excel spreadsheet for tracking. Five more will start using a tracking system in the next few months.
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Please describe any problems you have encountered with your Applicant Tracking System.
Respondents have a lot of problems with their applicant tracking systems, although 34 reported no problems and one raved “None—we love it!”
A sampling of comments:
What is your biggest recruiting challenge?
Most of the answers to this question centered around four areas:
A sampling of other comments:
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