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5 Reasons Why Referrals Are the Best Way to Hire

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We probably don’t have to tell you how hard it is to hire the right person for the job, but just in case you didn’t know – it’s really, really hard! Yes, HR professionals spend time, money and effort trying to fit the perfect candidate (or near-perfect) to the position at hand. The keyword here is ‘trying’.

They don’t always get the ones they need, so what if there was a better way to source for candidates than simply posting an ad on an online job board, in a newspaper or through a standard job portal? Well, there actually is a better way and we call them job referrals.

What’s a job referral, you ask? Well, it’s simply the act of asking referrers to dig through their network to recommend a candidate that they believe is a strong fit for a position being offered. The referrer gets a reward, the employer finds an ideal candidate and the would-be employee gets closer to his or her dream job. Win-win-win! Sounds like something that could work?  Well, guess what, it actually does!

Here are five reasons why referrals really are the best way to hire:

 

1. You’re getting someone else to do the initial legwork

It’s no easy feat – from placing a job ad, to screening, interviewing and so forth – the entire selection and hiring process can be a gruelling one for both employer and employee. With referrals however, you are essentially shortening the route to discovering the best guy or gal for the job.

Just think about this, not only do these endorsed leads come with strong references, the referrers are essentially finding you an applicant, performing an initial screening and, giving you the information you need to see why this candidate deserves your attention.

Adding to that, referral candidates are also quicker hires, in that they tend to accept job offers more often than those who apply via job boards. Time is money and nobody wants to waste it on candidates that turn down offers after all the effort.

 

2. You’ll be tapping into a pool of suitable candidates

Having a lot of applications does not mean much if slightly less than half the applicants are unqualified and unsuitable for the positions being offered.

 

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In fact, a large quantity of submissions may work against an employer due to the time consuming nature of weeding through hundreds, sometimes even thousands of applications. Furthermore, the HR department could miss out on a good candidate that simply gets lost in a sea of incompatible applicants.

Referrals make more sense and trump job boards especially when there are fewer positions to fill.  It is essentially easier to meet the right person when you have a collection of candidates that are proficient and suited to perform the job being offered.

 

3. You’re getting employees that work harder to impress

It’s a good feeling when someone vouches for your abilities; it shows that they have confidence in you. This is primarily why employees who have been referred perform with a sense of responsibility, determination and to some extent, even gratitude for the endorsements received.

In addition, referred candidates go on to pay this kindness forward to their employers by being more loyal and working a lot harder (estimated to perform 15% better than hires from other channels)!

But since employee and friendly networks only go so far, the responsibility to increase the stream of worthy leads will fall to sites like ReferJobs. This referral portal takes reference-based hiring a step further by opening up a whole new range of connections for employers to engage quality candidates.

 

4. You can maximise company selection and hiring resources

It almost takes a village to find a quality candidate to fill even an entry-level position, so expectedly; HR professionals are going to need all the help they can get. However, help costs money and while simply placing a job ad online may be cheaper – it isn’t guaranteed to bring you the candidates you need.

The saying, ‘do it right the first time’ applies here because it means that you will need to repeat the hiring process over and over again for the same position, incurring more costs, if it isn’t done properly from the get-go. For example, ask yourself what would happen if you simply aren’t able to fill a position?  You will likely seek out other sources (or repost) which costs more money and then more time to screen through applicants again!

A referral system however, works like a spotlight on better candidates – the rewards offered to the referrer increases the likelihood of more solid and capable candidate recommendations. All may be accomplished in less time with less money spent and less effort!

 

5. You’re getting employees that stay longer

 

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People leave companies for all sorts of reasons; poor compensation, minimal chance of promotion and perhaps even a dingy office environment.  But why do people stay? Is it that they are happy or content with their jobs? Yes, quite likely. In fact, more than half interviewed in the 2012 American Psychological Association workforce retention survey say that they actually enjoy the work that they do – what a novel idea! But it’s true and this is what companies strive for, productive employees that really do like their jobs.

Need more proof? In a survey conducted by Jobvite, 47% of those hired through referrals were retained for over 3 years while only 14% of those hired through job boards could last the same period. Of course employee retention and loyalty is not a black and white issue, but the correlation cannot be denied and the success of referral programs is certainly making a compelling case.

 

Hiring is a Lot like Dating

Sans romance of course, but the concept is the same. You are on a mission to find Mr or Ms Right, but there are always obstacles and limitations to what can be achieved. So you look for other ways…

In the exact same way that you would get your buddy to set you up on a date with someone they know you’d like, the process of hiring a candidate through a referral is comparable. It’s not often that you would start a relationship with a complete stranger, so why should hiring be any different?

In fact, for any relationship to be long and mutually fruitful, in employment or otherwise – there needs to be synergy between the needs and wants of both parties.  And if referral programs can help achieve such harmony, more power to it!

 

 

This article was written by Desiree Nair, who is a contributing writer for referjobs.my.

How To Best Utilize ReferJobs

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Apple Vs Samsung, PlayStation Vs Xbox, Nirvana Vs Guns N’ Roses, Marvel Vs DC – there’s always a side that you need to pick, or is there? It’s not illegal to go for both so why not utilize the opportunity to go guns-blazing and aim for the maximum benefit?

 

Share or share not, there is no try

Obviously, the core of ReferJobs is the idea of job sharing and the rewards that comes along with it. There are two ways referrers can share jobs – through public sharing via their social networking accounts or sharing it directly through email.refer-jobs

 

Public sharing is when referrers share jobs from the ReferJobs page to his/her respective social network page, and then to their friends.

Just like posts on Facebook, referrers will be given the option to select who they want to share it with as well as the number of people to share with. This is highly important because it allows referrers to filter the list of people to share with which in turn reduces the redundancy of the job postings to be seen as spams on the news feed of their friends.

Direct sharing is a more personal as well a simpler approach to sharing a job. All the referrer needs to do is to click on the email icon, enter the recipient’s email and write a short message to notify him/her.

 

Fill in your details

Imagine that you’re searching for a new apartment. After months of fruitless searching, you finally stumbled upon an advertisement of an ideal place at a very reasonable price. You hurriedly reach for your phone to contact the seller, only to find that the seller did not provide his/her full contact details and thus you are unable to contact him/her. Get the picture?

Whether if it’s your full name, your IC number or your account number, for obvious reasons, you details are vital.

 

Be active on ReferJobs

One of the key of being an excellent referral is to be active on ReferJobs as things are always happening and it’s good to be on the front seat when new jobs are available. That way you could always share new jobs to your connections and stay ahead of the curve.

 

Keep up-to-date with your applicants

You don’t have to stalk your applicants like a hawk, what you can do however, is to keep tabs on their job application process – and you can do that by clicking the notification icon to keep up-to-date with all the happenings and goings.

Time is of the essence, so keeping up to date with your applicants ensures that no time will be lost and also ensures that the communication process will be smoother. Plus no one likes to be left hanging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is ReferJobs, how is it different from other job recruitment sites and how can you benefit from it?

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If you’re reading this then you’ve either heard of ReferJobs or the name ReferJobs have obviously intrigued your interest to visit this site. In any case, we would like to welcome you as it’s a great pleasure to have you on our site!

 

Who are we?

Are you experiencing trouble recruiting the right people to join your organization? Are your job ads in job recruitment sites increasingly costly yet unfruitful? Do you feel like your potential is yet to be discovered by others? Is diluting a huge pool of applicants both redundant and taxing?

Enter Referjobs. Referjobs was born with the belief that job and talent referrals can be effortless yet amazingly rewarding. In addition by providing the best platform for expediting your job recruitment process, our aim is to spare you the redundancy of screening candidates, to help you with cost savings, better ROI and last but not least, excellent reimbursement for our referrals. Our objective is to allow you to widen your reach to untapped potentials through the social media as well as through our referral pool.

 

How does ReferJobs Work?

In most conventional job portals, employers will pay to get their job advertised. Jobseekers will then be allowed to apply for jobs that they’re interested/jobs that are relevant to their skill. Next, the HR department or the hiring managers will screen through and then select a list of candidates to be interviewed. Unfortunately, the process and results could be lengthy and perhaps unsatisfactory.

Employers may have to settle with someone who does not fit the organization’s culture while jobseekers would want to know more about the organization such the working culture and the awesome people who works there.

There are also other factors that are beyond something that’s written down on a piece of paper, such as both employers and applicants would like to get to know the person behind he paper

ReferJobs differs greatly in that aspect as we acknowledge the importance of a symbiosis relationship between employers and a jobseekers.

We advocate the simplicity of sharing jobs through the various online social networking platforms and more importantly, making job referrals rewarding.

 

In short, anyone can be a referral. You can refer your friends, peers or family and get rewarded via a referral fee for every applicants that successfully lands the job, while employers will be able to reach a far wider spectrum of quality applicants.

That’s it really. That’s how simple it is!

 

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Here’s how each will benefit:

Employers

  • You have the green light to post as many job ads as you please without any additional charges.
  • Your job ads will reach a wider range of spectrum, thanks to the option to share it on social media platforms through our referrals.
  • All you need to do is to post your job ads and our referrals will handle the nitty-gritty. They will even execute the screening process for you and provide you necessary information on the applicants that they’ve screened.
  • We’ll provide you the user friendly ATS (Application tracking system) for you to schedule interviews, update the hiring status and of course having the final say in the hiring process. Think of the endless amount of exposure that your job ads can reach! The sky is truly the limit. Still confusing? Just head on to our FAQ section to have a better grasp of how the process works.
  • Best of all, did we mentioned that you don’t have to pay a single cent for your job ads? We’ll only charge you when applicants are successfully hired.

 

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Referrals

  • You get to refer your people that you know, whether they are your peers, family members or virtually anyone who is ideal for the job.
  • You’ll be reimbursed for each successful candidate that you’ve referred! So in essence, the more candidates that you’ve referred gets hired, the more reimbursement you’ll receive!
  • If you’re concerned about the referring process fret not, because we’ll be providing you the necessary guidelines and information plus the portal tools to ensure a smooth and easy referral process.

Jobseekers

  • You’ll get updates from jobs that may have previously been unreachable to you.
  • Your referrals will also give you the edge by promoting your core values and if you’re hired we’ll even send you a little gift as a token of our sincerest congratulations to you! Getting hired and getting a gift? How often does that happen in life?

 

In a nutshell, we want to ensure that the job hiring process becomes as simplistic yet effective as much as possible. In the end, the employer will get the candidate that they’re looking for, the candidate gets a job, referrals will get to rewarded for their efforts, the HR department will save time and energy on unnecessary filtration of applicants and we’ll be happy because we’ve referred the right candidate for the right organization. A true win-win-win situation!