If you’re truly looking for the best candidates, they’re sometimes the ones busy in their cubicles, while their résumés are sitting in cyber space.
Low-cost “résumé mining” services can save HR time and money by searching online résumé databases for candidates that match specific qualifications.
Here’s how résumé mining services work:
You provide detailed descriptions of job openings and qualifications. The services search a variety of general, niche, subscription and free-access databases and job boards for matching résumés. Searches are usually completed within 24 hours.
Employers can access the résumés in a private account on the service’s web site. Alternatively, they can send résumés to your in-house candidate database or tracking system.
Cost depends on the specific services requested. However, total fees are typically less than or equal to the cost of subscribing to many job boards or hiring a contract recruiter. Most firms charge fees per job search or for a package of openings.
To determine if a résumé mining service is right for you, ask yourself these questions: Do you routinely spend time searching online for a résumé? Do you hire candidates discovered on job boards? Would you like to hire online recruiting help as needed?
Potential disadvantages of résumé mining service: HR departments that already mine some job boards could receive duplicate résumés. The services don’t screen résumés for desired salaries or availability (passive versus active job-seekers) and may work less effectively for certain positions, including specialty andopenings.