Web-based recruiting the best option

The fast pace of technology means IT recruitment has to be done more over the Net than through traditional human resources departments.

The fast pace of technology means IT recruitment has to be done more over the Net than through traditional human resources departments, says president and managing director of Interim Technology Peter James.

The comments follow Interim Australia's recent purchase of New Zealand IT recruiters, Wilson White.

James says traditional recruitment methods can take three to four months and are costly and labour intensive.

Such a time-frame, he says, can affect projects' viability, especially as the industry now looks at the “long term” as 18 months instead of three to four years.

Using the Internet for recruitment, he says, can save 30% to 40% in recruitment costs. And it is increasingly suitable for middle managers, who have to be increasingly techno-literate.

His company, has eight different Web sites from eight different companies in Australasia. Now, it also posts jobs from Wilson White.

At present, James says Interim Technology spends "millions" advertising in the print media, but this is reducing and shifting towards advertising the Web sites rather than specific jobs.

"Our best front system will route the resume, evaluate it and our requirements and send a response back to the individual. There is still a labour/people component but I can envisage a day when the whole process will be automated," he says.

However, recruitment should still be looked as a "clicks and mortar" business, combining old and new technologies, as interviews between applicants and consultants will still be needed to consider issues such as "cultural fit" and the personable skills an applicant will need to work in an organisation.

Another change is growing short-term or contract work, which means recruitment firms are as much about "career management, not just about jobs”.

This means they often have to provide training, which Interim Technology does, including teaching "soft skills" for people management and aptitude.

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