1. Tap into Social Media

Social media isn’t just for chatting to your friends online, it can be a great and cost free way of reaching out to candidates. Facebook adverts are relatively inexpensive, alternatively you could just post about your vacancy in an interesting and fun way using your company’s Facebook page and then ask your staff to share it. Twitter and Linkedin are also great ways to spread the message.

2. Go Viral

It’s relatively cheap and easy to make a fun or quirky video that will grab people’s attention. It doesn’t have to be Oscar worthy just distinctive enough to grab people’s attention. (Check out how Australia mastered viral recruitment)

3. Don’t wait on the talent to come to you, go out and find it

Some of the best candidates out there are ‘passive’ candidates in other words they’re not actively looking for a new job. If you know of someone who is a good fit approach them speak to them about the role. I’ve known recruiters who have made appointments posing as customers just to get a chance to speak to a prospective candidate.

4. Online Networking Events

Attending networking events in person can cost money and time. More and more businesses are turning to online networking events as a quick and cost effective way to meet new talent.

5. Video Interviewing

We all lead busy lives these days so trying to coordinate and arrange interviews can be a logistical nightmare! Video interviewing is a great way to conduct interviews if it’s not possible to coordinate diaries due to location issues. It can also be more cost effective and helps to show that you are an innovative organisation.

6. Open Days

If you are recruiting for multiple entry level positions then you might want to consider holding an open day where people can pop in to receive further information about the role and even take part in a short assessment or interview. Short, snappy and fun interviews can be a great way to get a good feel for a candidate’s personality –a bit like speed dating!