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Are hiring websites worth the hassle? The job sites your business should be using

If you've got a vacancy, you might be wondering whether it's worth putting an advert on a job site. It's all very well to tweet about your vacancy, but are you getting to the best candidates? How many suitable people have actually applied? We've rounded up the best hiring websites so that you can get the right candidates to interview, and get on with running your business.

Indeed is a great place to start because of the amount of traffic it gets, reportedly 200 million people a month. It's well designed, easy to use and you can sort through jobs and send responses from almost any device - which is useful if you're often away from the desk. The dashboard setup for employers helps you keep track of which applicants you've replied to, and what response you've sent.

One of the great things about Indeed is that you can post screening questions, to make sure that candidates have the right amount of experience and the sort fo qualifications you're looking for. You can even add phone screening questions, where candidates record their answers, and then listen to them from your dashboard.

It's free to post your advert, but you can boost your post by making it a Sponsored Job. Like sponsored posts on Google, this means it'll push your job to the top of the page to help it reach qualified candidates first. You'll only pay when people click on the advert.

LinkedIn is another job hiring giant, with everyone and their mum having an account. One of LinkedIn's strongest selling points is that it's not a traditional job board; according to their website, the majority of their users aren't actively looking for work on or offline, but '90% are open to new opportunities'. The argument being that these candidates aren't accessible anywhere else.

Similarly to Indeed, LinkedIn are only going to charge you when people click your post. You can post your first couple of jobs without taking out a subscription, but for three or more jobs you'll need to either request a free demo of their software or purchase it outright - useful if you're often trying to attract new talent.

They can also give you an estimate of the number of candidates you'll receive; just pop in your budget, and they'll tell you the kind of traffic you can expect. LinkedIn also compile a shortlist of 50 candidates that match up to your post. 

You may know Glassdoor as a review site for businesses, but it is also a very popular job site. Having ex-employees rate and review your business is a great way to show prospective candidates the kind of business you are, as well as the workplace culture - who better to sell your business than the people who have worked for you previously.

You can post jobs for free, but as with Indeed you can 'spotlight' a job to ensure that it appears on the first page of search results. Using Glassdoor you can also see which job titles are performing well, and which are performing badly - as well as your job descriptions. This helps you to improve your adverts, and hopefully find the best candidates in the bunch.

Another interesting feature from Glassdoor is that you can also see who your biggest competition is for candidates. Once people click on your company, you can see where they go and ultimately apply to by tracking which businesses people visit after clicking yours.

Google for Jobs
Google for Jobs launched at the end of last year, and was hailed as a game-changer for recruiters and candidates alike. A job service from the search giant is certainly not one to be ignored - and over the past few months it has proven that it can hold its own against the preexisting job sites.

One of the big selling points is that you're given a high ranking place in search results, and the job search features your company logo and reviews and ratings from your customers, as well as the job details. As with Glassdoor, you're letting your clients sell your business to prospective candidates for you.

It's also great for advertising specialist jobs. Those looking for jobs can use the filters to find exactly what they're looking for, and for employers that's hugely beneficial. Unlike larger sites such as Indeed, you're likely to get more candidates looking for specific vacancies. 

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