Human resources recruiting is the recruitment of personnel to fill job vacancies. In other words, human resources management actively seeks out candidates to become employees of a business. Human resources departments, especially those in large corporations, are usually always looking to fill jobs in their company. Many companies build a database of applicants to refer to when a job opening occurs. Human resources recruiting is a crucial part of employment and includes searching for suitable job candidates as well as interviewing them.
Many human resources consulting firms provide recruiting services to other businesses. They place ads online or in newspapers to get the attention of qualified applicants. The more specific the ad is in terms of the qualifications needed for the job, the more qualified the respondents are likely to be. A human resources recruiting agency must first understand the employee needs of their client before they place ads to recruit possible candidates for job openings.
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Within a business, there are two main types of employee recruitment: internal and external. Internal human resources recruiting occurs when a company looks at existing employees to fill a new job opening. Internal recruitment often works well for businesses since it usually means that deserving existing employees receive promotions. Many companies look internally to fill lower to mid level managerial positions and recruit externally to fill entry and top level jobs. If a company can't fill a position internally first, they will often actively recruit potential employees externally.
External human resources recruiting may involve outsourcing. Outsourcing is recruitment done outside one country. Most outsourced employees work through telecommuting. For example, outsourced customer service representatives may work from a country such as India and use telecommunications equipment to communicate with a North American company's clientele. Outsourcing is controversial, as it's usually done to get cheap labor from poorer countries rather than having to pay the going rate of workers in the same country.
Active human resources recruiting is considered more beneficial for businesses than waiting for the right applicant to send a resume. Active recruiting means contacting resources such as university placement centers and networking at industry conferences. Human resources recruiting departments also look for resumes posted online by job seekers in their field. Recruiters should actively build a database of candidates regularly so businesses have qualified employees to hire when they need them. Many human resources departments use a standard form to collect information from job candidates.