If you have many positions to fill, a tightly focused recruiting strategy is especially important because high volume hiring presents some recruitment challenges, for example:
In a high volume hiring situation, your organization's recruitment advertising is going to play a large part in the quality of the applicant pool. For example, if you need to fill 500, or even 50, jobs you are probably going to have to review and process a large number of applications. To increase the effectiveness of your messaging, you can:
Realistic Job Preview
- Target your delivery approach to fit your talent pool
- Focus your messaging by leading with key job characteristics
- Keep your talent pool informed (e.g., through list servs, agency's career website)
You can use Realistic Job Previews (RJPs) as a part of your messaging strategy. A RJP is a tool used by organizations to communicate important aspects of the job and of the organization. You can incorporate RJPs into all aspects of your ongoing recruiting efforts (e.g., career website, job opportunity announcements, career workshops, social media). Applicants use RJPs to weigh their own preferences and needs against job requirements and the organization's culture.
Potential applicants may know little about your organization or the job(s) being advertised and/or have inaccurate expectations or perceptions. For example, a fast-paced job with frequently changing conditions is seen by some applicants as desirable, while other applicants consider this an unattractive job feature. Such insight is important, especially in occupations where people may have limited information about the tasks and responsibilities of the job.
See OPM's Realistic Job Preview Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
for more information.