Things can change dramatically in organisations in short spaces of time and when someone leaves it is a perfect opportunity to reevaluate where the organization is heading, and do we have the right people with the right skills to get there. So essentially managers need to start at the end point, what sort of skills and attributes does the organization need in the next couple of years to achieve its outcomes. Then work back from there.
Spending this time on developing the position description to meet the outcomes of the organsiation will not only produce a better position description but it will also be more likely to attract a quality prospective employee with the appropriate skill set.
Once the position description is ready there are a couple of options for organisations, they can advertise the position themselves or they can appoint a recruitment company to take care of the process. Many organiastions that do not have their own human resource departments tend to use recruitment companies when recruiting at a senior level, less senior positions are usually handled by the organisation. For example, I previously worked in local government, anything at a Directors level or above we used a recruitment company, any positons below that the Directors and other key staff were directly involved in the recruitment.
Whether the organization is handling the recruitment or a recruitment agency is then comes the decision of how and where to advertise. I have read many job advertisements that quite frankly wouldn’t encourage me to apply for the position. Whether organisations like it or not, everyone is competing for the best and brightest to join their team, therefore the advertisement must sell that organization. Why would someone want to work there, what are its selling points? These are the things that need to be in the advertisement because you want the applicant to think, hey that sounds like a great fit for me and then they go further and download the positon description and put in an application. Every advertisement must have a hook that will appeal to the sort of person the organization is trying to attract.
Then comes where should the organization advertise? A couple of the more popular internet sites to advertise on is Seek and Indeed. Some organsiations are doing some targeted facebook advertising.
Please watch the following clips which give you some hints on preparing job descriptions and recruiting and advertising the position.