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The Significance of E-Recruitment in HR

calendar icon 14th October 2021
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The Significance of E-Recruitment in HR

If you've been looking into e-recruitment and debating whether or not your company should use it, you're in the right place. This article will discuss what e-recruitment is, its benefits, and how to utilise it properly.

Editor's note: This is a guest contribution by Kate Fotheringham. Kate is an experienced content writer on topics like recruitment, HR best practices and career development. 


What is E-Recruitment?

E-recruitment, also known as online recruitment, is the use of internet platforms and resources to support the hiring process. These resources include online job boards, social media, software tools and more. E-recruitment is becoming more and more prominent due to its efficiency and lower cost compared with traditional offline recruiting. It often allows HR teams to reach a much larger pool of candidates and speeds up the recruitment process.


Examples of Online Recruitment

Here are five of the most common forms of online recruitment used by modern HR teams:

  • Social Media Sourcing - the use of professional social media platforms like LinkedIn to connect with potential candidates. For example, multiple candidates are now adding a resume to LinkedIn.
  • Digital Applicant Tracking - the use of tools such as an applicant tracking system (ATS) to help manage the hiring process digitally.
  • Online Interviewing - the use of video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Meet to facilitate job interviews. 
  • Online Testing and Assessment - the use of digital testing platforms such as HackerRank or Codility to screen candidates more accurately.
  • Online Job Board Posting - the most commonly used and known type of online recruitment that includes creating job advertisements and offerings through different job boards.


Benefits of E-Recruitment

Traditional recruitment methods usually require too much time and plenty of paperwork. In contrast, e-recruitment is an excellent solution to streamline the whole process, from job posting to employment. With the right tools and software, you'll be able to save a lot of time, attract qualified talent and be more productive in your role. Let's look more closely at these top benefits of e-recruitment:

Saving time

Gone are the days when you need to worry about stacks of paperwork and manual data entry. HR managers can now save time at every step and can focus on the more critical and urgent tasks using automation.

With fewer manual processes needed, you'll have a shorter yet effective hiring journey. This boosts your company image in the eyes of applicants as well. 

Lower Hiring Costs

There's no denying that costs in the recruitment process are very high. There are advertising charges, recruiter fees and the hidden cost of not filling a role. 

E-recruitment can reduce hiring costs by speeding up the process (see above) and providing a bigger talent pool without extra advertising fees. 

Highly Effective and Accessible

Most people now look for jobs online. By implementing e-recruitment, you ensure that your job posts are easily accessible to a vast number of candidates. This way, your posts are more likely to be noticed by qualified job seekers. Your job postings hit feeds within a few minutes from posting them on your platform of choice, ensuring you aren't wasting any time.

Furthermore, You will no longer be limited to hiring people who live near your company. Utilising e-recruitment means you can reach out to a broader scope of candidates, not only locally but also globally.


Final Words

Due to the expanse of the internet and social media's booming popularity, e-recruitment is one of the best ways to actively reach job seekers. 

Whether it’s through online job boards, digital applicant tracking or a mix of multiple methods, e-recruitment has shown it will disrupt hiring for good. 

With these valuable tips, we hope you can confidently begin to implement e-recruiting in your own company. You won't regret it!