At times, you may wonder why you're search results are not quite aligned with what you're looking for, even when you have entered all your criteria and role requirements. “Am I doing something wrong?”, one may ask.
This article will help you explore some possible search pitfalls, and the top sourcing tips based on our customers’ and own experiences.
Top 3 tips to yield better search results:
1. Leverage Persona/Insights
Once you have typed in the job titles, location, and other criteria on the sourcing page, always remember to reference the “Persona/Insights” for a comprehensive overview and breakdown of the targeted talent market.
This page updates in real-time according to your filter inputs, and provides insights for Titles, Skills, Location, Years of Experience, Industries, and Sourcing Channels. You can:
Evaluate, modify and refine the search
Gain insights on talent distribution
Maximize your candidate search in both quality and quantity
For example, you may find a large percentage of the talent pool isn't in the optimal industry or the majority of candidates have a higher amount of years of experience than expected. Once you have visibility into this, you can more effectively make decisions around adjusting your filters (leveraging this feature is also very closely related to the recommendations in tip #3. Tips #1 and #3 are best used in combination with each other!).
2. Leverage “Insights” report when starting a challenging search
This page serves TWO main purposes for the recruiters:
Quickly evaluate the available candidate market and do a talent mapping exercise for strategic sourcing.
Download this report as a PDF document, and present it to your Hiring Manager for setting expectations, or to propose what is needed to change or amend in terms of the candidate persona parameters.
When you’re ready, start a new AI search based on the criteria directly from this page or click on any hyperlinked bar to view candidates under the specific category.
3. Leverage the advanced and hidden filters:
Don’t overlook the hidden search functions. Those little ones can be very powerful.
Included in/Excluded from Current Title: Put specific and must-have title keywords under “Included in”, and take out irrelevant titles under “excluded from”, you can refer to “Personal/Insights” for these two filters. This will help you to generate a more accurate candidate pool.
Excluded locations: For example, when you’re sourcing a whole country as the location, but don’t want candidates from specific states or cities, you can leverage the “excluded locations”. If you have multiple locations to exclude, click on the Add/Edit Lists on the right to save the list.
Extended search / Saved Lists of Target Companies: Simply type in any company and Hiretual will intelligently help you generate companies similar to those based on your input. You can also choose to save a list of target companies if you have a list of companies that you typically source from or exclude from your searches.
Excluded from Industries: You should refer to “Personal/Insights” to gain an overview of all the industries which are on the list and exclude those unwanted ones.
What to Avoid:
a. Using too many mandatory skills
Mandatory skills are one of the most powerful filters. In most cases, the main reason you may not be getting the results you want is that there are too many mandatory skills listed.
Recommendation: Remove a few skills that aren’t “deal breakers” and focus on the most important skill(s) to ensure that it appears in a candidate's profile. After you run your new search, you can use the “Sort by Skill Relevance” filter to see candidates who match all of the skills.
"Preferred Skills" are nice-to-haves which will not impact the number of the candidate pool. When multiple skills are listed here, the candidate results are stack-ordered, ranked by how many of the skills they have.
b. Not looking at the "Sample Candidates" and/or "Persona/Insights" while building a search.
So far, we have mentioned and reiterated the importance of "Persona/Insights" before building or starting a search. Meanwhile, referencing and calibrating "Sample Candidates" page is equally vital. This gives you a preview of the whole candidate pool (up to 5 sample candidates) before Hiretual starts sourcing from the whole web. You can adjust and refine any filters based on the suggested candidates and easily glance at the highlighted keyword on the candidate profiles to help you directly identify their profile accuracy.
The AI Sourcing filters can be combined and applied in many different ways to successfully find candidates for an infinite number of roles - explore these different filter combinations and feature applications to optimize your search results and hone in on your ideal candidate persona!
Please reach out to your Customer Success Manager for more training on this topic.