Every recruiter has a mixture of active and passive job seekers in their candidate pool. Engaging with active job seekers is, by and large, not too difficult. As long as they are kept up to date with relevant new opportunities — often via notifications, updates and emails, they will engage with your services. You both intrinsically have something of value to offer each other.
But passive job seekers are a different prospect, with a wide variety of reasons as to why they are passive. They may be perfectly happy with their current job but would jump at the right opportunity should it appear. They may have signed up with your recruitment business during a period of active job-seeking but have now slipped into passive status. Maybe it’s something more mundane. Maybe they signed up to your recruitment site but never got around to uploading a CV.
Bringing these passive job seekers into your active talent pool can be a huge boost to your business — if you’re only bringing in regular active seekers to your clients, you could be missing out on a large segment of your talent pool’s potential.
Engaging with these passive seekers requires a degree of personalisation. For the most part, their reasons for being passive will be about them personally, not the job itself. Understanding this is key to engaging with them. But it’s no secret that many employers love passive candidates, even though this approach has come under scrutiny in the past. Passive candidates are more likely to be currently employed, and therefore already providing value to their current employer.
Using your recruitment website to your advantage is the next step in engaging the ‘passives’. The talent pool that exists in your database is one of your primary sources of value as a recruiter – but it needs to be actively engaged in job opportunities for you to win more business and grow.
This is where FXRecruiter comes in. Our bespoke recruitment website building platform now allows you to send automated follow-up emails to dormant candidates who haven’t interacted with your services for some time.
The feature allows you to set the type of reminder, its frequency, and how many times it will resend. You can send various types of email too, ranging from basic reminders for registrants who never set up an email alert or never uploaded a CV, to personalised emails to candidates who have signed up and completed their profile but never applied — or those who have not logged in for a certain number of months.
Of course, these follow-up emails may be automated, but the opportunity for personalisation is still there in the content-management system, where the personal touch can be added to all of your emails. Remember to think about email frequency and the number of repeats when setting up automated follow-ups. It is one thing to ‘nudge’ a candidate into action, it is another to overload them with emails to the point where they lose trust in you and hit the ‘unsubscribe’ button. As with everything, there’s a balance to be found — but get it right and you can expect more applications, more placements, and a greater chance of your client finding the ideal employee! With great power comes great responsibility!
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