One day your Boss strolls into your cube and says, “we (meaning you) need to hire 10 Java Developers in a month.” Suddenly you panic, hyperventilate, grow dizzy, faint, then wake up and shout in a Scottish-like Scotty Star Trek sort of way…”I can’t do it! We need more Recruiting Power!” Then you're getting a very brief job description that mentions candidates will need to work weekends, do TPS reports, and bug fixes for a low-low salary range (like 30% below market value).
It will take a lot of research time to do a Linkedin campaign, Boolean searches, and direct phone sourcing. You need to act fast. The hiring managers are hungry for resumes. You need to go the Job Boards and find the active job seekers first. However, you might be wasting a lot of time unless you do it this way.
Starting with the job boards, call the right candidates NOT the wrong ones. If you can’t use 3rd party resumes, you will need to learn how to spot them and avoid calling them (see my posts on 3rd party resumes). Looking at online resumes is frustrating and it takes time. You gotta grab a little tool that I learned from Eric Jaquith. It’s called ClipMate.
Very simple. You download. Set it up. Then assign the keys to capture (or copy) the data. Login to your job board, run a search, view a resume and then use ClipMate to capture the resume as a .txt file. Viola!
Here is what you do next in your ClipMate tool:
Export those resumes onto your hard drive. View each resume as a text file and determine the best of the bunch. This saves time rather than doing it online and waiting for each resume page to refresh.
Now that you captured resumes using the ClipMate tool, you should have some solid active candidate names that you can search for on Linkedin to find their co-workers. At some point, you will need to move from active channels to passive channels so that you have a variety of candidates. And, it will be your job to keep stalking them, calling them, emailing them hourly, daily and weekly until you fill all your positions so you can continue to pay for Visa bills.