It’s been over a month since the start of the new school year. Kids who joined the school in September have settled in more, teachers have learned their class’ names, and the leadership team are making strides in ensuring everything’s in place for a successful academic year.
Now it’s a little quieter, it’s the perfect time to look at current school processes and identify how they could be more efficient. One such process is recruitment. With school budgets being stretched from every angle, fine-tuning your recruitment strategy could save you heaps of money in the long term.
As the #1 education recruitment specialists, the Eteach team have rounded up some top tips on how you can spend less on recruitment this school year and beyond:
Map out your spend
First things first: if you don’t already, it’s important to work out exactly where every penny of your recruitment budget is going. It may seem an arduous process, but it’s the only way to truly get on top of your spend. Make sure you factor in high-value costs as well as regular outgoings – this should give you a clearer idea of where you could streamline your process to make it more cost-effective. As part of managing spend, regularly checking invoices and timesheets is a good habit to adopt.
Use a partner offering combined recruitment services
Rather than outsource recruitment tasks to multiple companies – which can be costly, not to mention tough to manage – you’re better off pairing up with a partner that offers combined recruitment services and can quickly escalate your search. Some recruiters have a job site complemented by an agency wing, meaning you’ll benefit from very low-cost advertising through an annual subscription, which entitles you to unlimited adverts.
This is something Eteach offers. It’s the top education recruitment site with millions of active and passive candidates signed up. Eteach is more than a jobs site, supporting schools with innovative tools and expert advice. For instance, if your school has a difficult-to-fill vacancy or a role that needs filling fast, you can get help from our headhunter or supply services – often at a discounted rate if you’re a site member.
Recruit the right people in the first place
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But the more you do to ensure new recruits are the right fit for your school, its culture and values, the lower your turnover and less money you’ll have to invest in recruitment in the future. The mistake many schools make is hiring haphazardly or hastily through knee-jerk advertising when urgent vacancies arise. Whether you’re hiring or not, you need a year-round, proactive strategy – so that when a role arises, you can see that you hire the right person for the job, as efficiently as possible.
An essential ingredient for a proactive recruitment strategy is a Talent Pool, like the one we offer through School Recruiter. This technology grants you access to a flow of quality candidates interested in your school all year round. You can view each candidate’s credentials, filter and rate them in terms of skills and suitability, manage them through to hiring, and save them for different recruitment cycles. It’ll speed up your recruitment process, help you to cut costs, and will give you a database of quality, interested candidates waiting for that phone call.
Of course, a lower turnover will also require you to retain the brilliant teachers you recruit. You need to make sure your school is a great place to work – investing in training and development, ensuring workloads are manageable, and fostering flexible work practices are all great places to start.
In the meantime, if you want to test out a platform which brings all your recruitment tools together, request a demo of School Recruiter today.