How to Set SMART Hiring Goals in 2018

Kelly Barcelos December 22, 2017in HR Management
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With 2017 nearing an end, it is time to take a step back, assess your talent acquisition accomplishments and establish new goals for the coming year. As stagnant recruitment strategies make way for smart goals, recruiters need to make time and keep up with the changing trends. Keep your recruiter game strong even in a competitive environment by setting the right goals in 2018.

Smart Way to Set Your Recruitment Goals for 2018

Goal setting is a good practice to push yourself to achieve your long-term vision but before you set
your goals, make sure each one is:

S – Specific – Define your hiring goal

M – Measurable – Quantify your goal

A – Achievable – Make sure you have the resources to accomplish the goal

R – Realistic – Determine if your goal is worth the time and effort

T – Time-bound – Establish a Timeframe to stay on track

Here are 5 smart goals for every recruiter who wants to see higher placement rates and happy candidates in 2018

  1. Hire High-Quality Candidates Faster

    Start with preparing your smart goals worksheet and give each goal a deadline to make sure you are managing your time and resources efficiently. Recruiting the right fit for any job is the most important aspect of HR so go beyond candidate skills, education and experience to determine if they would also make a culture fit. To cut your long recruitment process short, you can leverage the advanced features of an applicant tracking system. An ATS helps you stay focused on bringing the best candidates onboard by automating every time-consuming task.

  2. Reducing Recruitment Spend

    Reducing the recruitment cost per hire is a tough task but if you manage to eliminate all the additional paperwork and automate your social sharing tasks and engagement emails, you can save a ton of time and money. Applicant tracking systems can help you by automating job advertisements that you otherwise pay for and post manually. An ATS also improves the candidate experience by keeping every potential hire updated at every stage of the sourcing funnel even if you are managing hundreds of profiles for multiple departments. Finding a high-quality candidate for a specific role also becomes faster and easier with an applicant tracking system which in turn reduces your turnover rate and helps you build your employer brand.

  3. Optimize Your Recruitment Process

    Make sure you are spending more of your time interviewing candidates and not screening them. Use smart filter intelligence to your advantage and take the screening process from hours to minutes. Let the applicant tracking system do the legwork for you by screening relevant profiles in a fraction of seconds, letting you proactively foster good communication with prospective candidates throughout the recruitment process. Your productivity is what matters the most when it comes to recruitment so make sure you prioritize your work and follow your deadlines. To lighten your workload, you can always rely on a feature-rich applicant tracking system.

  4. Network and Socialize

    Socializing can help you a lot in getting high-performers on board. Networking on social platforms will also help you reduce your recruitment spend of paid job boards. However, while this vast platform helps you cast a wider net and expands your recruitment reach, the screening process can leave you strapped for time. So don’t forget to integrate an applicant tracking system into your social recruiting strategy and stay organized and efficient even with tight time-frames.

  5. Closing Candidates against Your Assigned Targets

    The fifth and the most important goal that can be executed on your worksheet is the number of vacancies you are able to fill against your set hiring targets. This parameter will help you gauge your performance and productivity as a recruiter and also tell you what quality of candidates you are able to deliver. You can use an applicant tracking system to measure your progress and improve processes. An ATS auto generates accurate reports that pinpoint bottlenecks in real-time and lets you analyze your performance and accountability.

Recruitment is backbone of any business where the right talent can make things happen and take your business to the next level and a single wrong hire can break the organization and bring your business operations to a screeching halt. Setting these smart goals will help you ensure that all your recruitment processes and procedures are in place and on the right track so you can hit your hiring goals with ease and also help your organization achieve the desired results.

Don’t let time constraints hold you back in 2018. Switch to Jobsoid applicant tracking software today and perform your role more effectively.

Kelly Barcelos is a progressive digital marketing manager specializing in HR and is responsible for leading Jobsoid’s content and social media team. When Kelly is not building campaigns, she is busy creating content and preparing PR topics. She started with Jobsoid as a social media strategist and eventually took over the entire digital marketing team with her innovative approach and technical expertise.