Human resources: recruitment and selection
Human resources: recruitment and selection

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Human resources: recruitment and selection

4.7 Attracting applicants

You have now established the criteria for recruiting the kind of person you are looking for; the next step is to find someone who meets these criteria. Obviously, you must make it known to people that a vacancy exists. Before placing an expensive advertisement in a newspaper or professional journal you should consider alternatives. There are a variety of methods of publicising recruitment in addition to the traditional media advertisement (see Box 2 ).

Box 2: Sources of recruits

  • Internal advertisements

  • Advertising in a range of newspapers and professional and specialist publications

  • Employment agencies and job centres

  • Selection consultants who advertise on your behalf and may screen applicants

  • Executive search consultants (headhunters) who will try to track down suitable candidates for your post

  • Introductions by existing staff, word of mouth. To prevent discrimination this should be accompanied by more formal mechanisms

  • Previous applicants

  • Unsolicited applications

  • The Internet

  • School or university contacts

  • Planned promotions from formal assessment schemes


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