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Deconstructing Recruitment Jargon – A Reach Guide (Part 2)

We’re back to help you navigate the world of HR jargon. In Part 1, we walked you through some of the essential recruitment terms you’ll come across.

Now, let’s dive even deeper and explore more of the hiring lingo that often leaves new recruiters scratching their heads. If you’re anything like us you read better with a good brew in your hand, so grab another cuppa and let’s get started.

How does the ‘Applicant Tracking System’ redefine recruitment practices?

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) streamlines and automates many time-consuming hiring processes. It’s changing the way we recruit. No more sifting through stacks of resumes or manually tracking candidate progress. 

A good quality ATS manages everything from job postings to interview scheduling, leaving you to spend your time engaging with top talent rather than losing it to administrative tasks. 

Applicant Tracking Systems also help recruiters to stay organised. Working as a central hub for all your recruitment activities, you can store all your recruitment documents, contracts in one place and coordinate all your recruitment activities via a central calendar.  

This improves efficiency and enhances the overall hiring process for all parties: HR teams, hiring managers, recruitment agencies and candidates. 

How does ‘ATS Software’ transform the recruitment landscape?

It’s no understatement to say that ATS software is a game-changer in the recruitment landscape. Despite its name, it’s so much more than a tool for ‘tracking applicants.’ It centralises your recruitment activity and allows you to leverage data to make informed hiring decisions. 

Advanced analytics and reporting features give you insights into your recruitment process, such as time-to-hire, source of hire, and candidate drop-off points. 

This data-driven approach allows you to continuously refine your strategies, ensuring you attract and retain the best talent. 

Additionally, ATS software integrates seamlessly with other HR tools, creating a cohesive ecosystem that supports every stage of the hiring process.

What is ‘Passive Talent’ and how does it factor into recruitment strategies?

Passive talent refers to individuals who are not actively seeking a new job but may be open to the right opportunity. Engaging with passive talent is crucial in this competitive job market. These candidates often possess the skills and experience you need but aren’t active on job boards. 

To attract passive talent, it’s important to build strong employer brands, nurture relationships through networking and social media, build up your own talent pool (more on that in a moment) and personalise outreach efforts. 

By proactively targeting passive candidates, you can fill critical roles faster and reduce the time and cost associated with traditional recruitment methods.

What is ‘Pipeline Recruitment’ and its significance in talent acquisition?

Pipeline recruitment is the practice of maintaining a pool of potential candidates who can be tapped into as soon as a relevant vacancy arises. This approach is particularly effective in industries with high turnover rates or frequent hiring needs. 

By continuously engaging with prospective candidates and keeping them interested in your company, you ensure a steady flow of talent. 

An ATS can be particularly helpful with pipeline recruitment. Some ATSs store all your applicant data for precisely this use – but a word to the wise – make sure your ATS providers are working within your job applicant data concentration period; you don’t want to fall foul of data protection laws. Using this type of inbuilt talent pool, you can easily search through previous applicants and proactively target individuals who may now fit open vacancies. 

Ultimately, pipeline recruitment reduces time-to-hire, minimises hiring costs, and helps prevent skill gaps, helping your department stay agile and responsive to the changing demands of your business.

What is the meaning of ‘HR Sourcing’ and how does it differ from traditional recruitment methods?

HR sourcing is the proactive search for qualified candidates to fill current or future vacancies. Unlike traditional recruitment, which often relies on job board postings to attract candidates, ‘sourcing’ involves actively seeking out potential hires through various channels, such as social media, professional networks, and industry events. 

Effective HR sourcing requires a deep understanding of where your ideal candidates are likely to be found and how to engage them. This method ensures a higher quality of candidates and reduces dependency on reactive recruitment strategies.

HR sourcing can often be supported by a candidate attraction service which will offer expertise in locating top talent, particularly for the harder-to-fill roles. 

There you have it – a deeper dive into the heady world of recruitment jargon. We hope that helped. If there are other terms you’ve heard that you’d like decoded, let us know. 

As always, keep an eye on our blog for more insights, and if you need help streamlining your recruitment process, building a robust talent pipeline or finding that needle in the proverbial haystack, don’t hesitate to Reach out.