Get Creative with Recruiting

June 27, 2013 5:46 pm Published by Matteo Batazzi

The HR world is getting a makeover with innovative social recruiting strategies. Recruiters these days are mastering the art of marketing while always keeping an eye open for top talent.

Creative recruiting strategies are becoming the way to catch the attention of quality job seekers while also generating word of mouth. Surprising and entertaining those hard to reach candidates not only captivates their interest, but also makes them want to work for you. Check out the following recruiting ideas and let them spark some creativity for your next recruitment campaign!

  • How can you creatively hire for those “techie” roles in your company? Flickr intrigues coders by cleverly hiding recruiting messages in its website’s source code.


  • You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll upload your resume: 117 of the funniest creative job recruitment ads.
  • Ditch the stuffy corporate job descriptions and add some flair to your postings! This article offers some examples of creative ideas recruiters can learn from marketing. (And if you’re looking for some more creative ideas for your job descriptions, check out Work4’s brand new Job Cards!)
  • Direct Recruiting surveyed industry leaders across the web and created a blog series on the topic of “Most Innovative Recruitment Strategies.”  Round 1 describes friendly competitions for hackers to attract tech candidates. Round 2 offers examples of career sites and social recruiting. The most recent post mentions using mobile, video, and gamification to recruit quality job seekers. What clever recruiting ideas have you tried?
  • Have you played with Vine yet? Social Talent talks about how and why you should use Vine for recruitment. Do you plan to add Vine to your social recruiting strategy?
  • Video is becoming more essential to the recruitment process, especially for showing off your employer branding to interested job seekers. This blog post lists the 12 Best & Most Ridiculous Employer Brand & Recruiting Videos
  • This article on ERE asks, can a company infographic rev up recruitment?”  The article mentions four things recruiters should consider when making a recruitment infographic to help it live up to its viral potential.
  • HR Magazine discusses constantly changing technology and lists 7 must have recruitment tools, from an ATS to gamification that will help your company remain top-of-mind for your candidates.
  • This NBC news story is about how a gaming company, Red 5, got pretty creative to attract the best of the best talent. They developed a “golden ticket” program with some extra-personal touches to intrigue quality candidates enough to join their team. How do you reach top candidates?

What creative recruiting strategies can you add to the list? I’d love to read your experiences and ideas in the comments section!


This post was written by Matteo Batazzi

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