Here at Hiring People, we have put together our top 5 tips to help you with recruitment by negotiating the best job board deals.
1. Have A Long-Term Strategy
The key when buying job advert credits is to adopt a long-term strategy as it will ultimately be more cost-effective. For example, if you know that your company will, in all likelihood, be hiring 10 new employees over the next year, it makes sense to buy all 10 job advert credits in one go, rather than buying each credit as you need it. You will find that you are in a much better position to strike a deal with the job board you choose (for example CWjobs or S1jobs) if you use this strategy. Like most things in life, it is cheaper to buy in bulk and will put you in a better position to negotiate.
Read our Guide To The UK’s Top 10 Job Boards.
2. Negotiate, Negotiate
There will always be costs involved in whatever advertising strategy you use. But generally speaking, with online job advertising, there is usually a deal to be made, as mentioned above. When negotiating, be clear about your objectives and have a good idea what kind of deal you are looking to make.
3. Let’s Get Real!
Do remember however, that job boards are there to make money so you need to be realistic about the best deal you can get…in other words, you will need to give as well as take. Don’t expect to get something for nothing!
4. Think Outside The Box
Many job boards will offer you job advertising in the traditional format but it often pays to think outside the box. Think about using a featured employer spot on a job board or banner advertising slots to make your company really stand out and reach a wider audience of potential candidates.
5. Job Boards Are On Your Side…
…well, mostly! Ultimately, most job boards will want your vacancy to perform as well as it possibly can and most will therefore be happy to offer advice on the best recruitment solutions for you. So it’s worth speaking with the job board and listening to their advice (they have done this before, after all!). Some job boards will inevitably encourage you to take the most expensive option but the majority will encourage you to use the advertising solution that is best suited to your company and your vacancy.
Finally, there are a large number of resellers who are able to achieve significant discounts compared to buying directly with job boards. In some instances, you might be able to advertise on multiple job boards for the same price as advertising on only one job board. Better yet, discover how to hire high salary candidates while avoiding high recruitment agency fees with fixed cost recruitment.