Some employers still prefer word of mouth to hire candidates

DUBAI: Social media is not the only hunting ground of employers for prospective candidates. Some still belong to the old school of finding the right one through word of mouth, a latest report by social networking website LinkedIn has revealed.

The report said that some employers are still relying on old-fashioned techniques like word-of-mouth to find candidates, which many of us thought was an outdated strategy.

The study, which surveyed 300 employers and 1,500 job seekers in the GCC, stated that majority of employers (70 per cent) rely on this single way to look for talent, Emirates 24/7 reported.

However, professionals in the country flock online looking for jobs and potential employers, and this leads to a disconnect between the parties in the job market, and this mismatch means not hiring the right candidates for the jobs, the report said.

The study showed that 82 percent of job-seekers and professionals currently hold jobs that do not match their skills and qualification because the employers are not on the same wavelength as them when the roles are advertised and filled.

The study also reportedly revealed that second most effective and used tool by employers are professional social networking websites, followed by their own websites and recruitment agency come the last to fill vacancies.

Candidates, on the other hand, use professional networking sites the most. They also believe direct contact with employees, job boards and online searches come in handy to get them jobs, said the Dubai-based news portal.

Recruitment agencies come next on the list and replying on traditional ways like scrolling though newspapers and magazines or word-of-mouth are the least used, thereby making them the least effective job search tools for professionals, the news portal reported.

This finding came despite the fact that 100 percent of polled UAE employees agreed that there was a shortage of talent in the labor market, making it difficult to find candidates with right skills and qualifications.

More than half of companies included in the survey had lowered the job requirements in order to fill positions, indicating that companies could be making unnecessary sacrifices to productivity and effectiveness, the study was quoted as saying by Emirates 24/7.

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