People Portal for Employers
The recruitment process is widely-acknowledged to be a costly and time-intensive procedure, but as every business owner knows too well, it is a necessity. If undertaken correctly, it can boost company profits through the introduction of great talent, but if the wrong employee is recruited, it can cost an organisation on average £4,500 in re-recruitment costs. The tedious issue of sifting through CVs is a task that many employers could do without, particularly when research suggests there are on average 250 CVs submitted for every job vacancy.
Shropshire Chamber’s People Portal has been introduced to eliminate the most common pet-peeves for employers, providing a simple and streamlined way for them to decide within minutes whether a candidate is suitable for the role, without the need to meet them face-to-face. People Portal can help employers in a number of ways:
Real Candidates| For many candidates, the interview process can be extremely nerve-wracking and is often a very unnatural situation, so although an individual may be perfect for the role, they may be unable to demonstrate this in front of a potential employer. The use of a visual CV can provide employers with the chance to see the ‘real’ candidate prior to interview, allowing them to assess their real personality and character, and judge whether they’re a suitable ‘fit’ for the role. This is also a good opportunity for employers who are recruiting for a sales role, to see whether the candidate possesses the right skills prior to interview stage
Financially Beneficial | Visual CVs have been likened to the first-stage of the interview process as the employer can essentially view the candidates without actually meeting them. Even if the interview process isn’t tangibly costly, the interview is likely to have a knock-on effect for the rest of the business, whether this is through the labour cost or the facilities required to host the interview. For instance, the time spent undertaking interviews could be used to undertake a client project or secure new business
Time Saving | The recruitment process is extremely time consuming, with studies showing it can take between 90 and 120 days to fill a position – that’s over three months. And it isn’t just the interview stage that is time-consuming – developing a job specification, posting it in the public domain, and vetting applications also takes time. As People Portal foregoes the need for face-to-face interviews it essentially reduces the need for one of the core stages of the recruitment process, meaning business owners can spend more time focusing on running their organisation
Awareness | Many employers begin the recruitment process without a clear specification of the type of individual they require. People Portal can provide employers with a catalogue of candidates with similar job requirements and in turn this will enable employers to decide which personality traits and skills set best suits the role, narrowing down the overall search. The use of visual CVs also provides the employer with a wider choice and will even allow them to consider some candidates that they may have turned down via the conventional method, who are completely qualified to succeed in the role
Accessible | Each visual CV can be accessed through People Portal 24/7 and no matter what an employer’s location, they are able to gain access to a catalogue of CVs at the touch of a button. This is extremely beneficial for business owners who travel on a regular basis for example, as everything is stored in one convenient location.
"When I was told about the People Portal programme by the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce team, it sounded perfect as employers are able to get a glimpse into the personality of the person before interview.
Seeing Len on film I could tell that he’d be a great fit for our organisation, and so I was confident to invite him to interview straight away – it’s a great way to prequalify people and has helped me find a valued and essential part of our team.”
Paul Duncan, Penkridge Transport
"S.C People Portal is a very useful and vital project for our company, I believe it should be the same for any other employer.
It is a transparent, objective and accurate tool from where the employer can get the information of any candidate directly from the source without the interference of any third party."
Antoine Dargham, Sanita UK.