How Mind Mapping Helps Recruiters Stay on the Right Track
If you don’t have a sourcing strategy in place then you are simply flushing your time and resources down the drain in search of top choice candidates. The best way to get the right people to your interview table is by setting up a solid sourcing strategy.
But as a busy recruiter, how do you go about it?
A mind map can solve all your sourcing problems from the start. It is a great tool for collecting, connecting and visualizing candidate information in one place.
Mind mapping gives recruiters an end-to-end view of the entire recruitment process at a glance.
This empowers the recruiter to better manage the sourcing process no matter the complexity of tasks and the workload.
Here’s how you can use a mind map to simplify, speed up and streamline the recruitment process:
1. Planning the Recruitment Process
A mind map helps you prepare a comprehensive organizational chart with all the designations and responsibilities. It then becomes a reference point for matching competencies and skills to open positions.
Using the mind map as a planning tool also enables the recruiter to determine the number of employees needed in each department, along with their duties, responsibilities, and essential skills. Once the recruitment needs have been broken down, recruiters can draft the job descriptions accordingly and automate the postings using an applicant tracking system.
2. Structuring the Recruitment and Selection Practices
With a mind mapping tool that allows real-time collaboration, recruiters and HR managers can make sure that the entire talent acquisition team is on the same page. From storing and sharing a vast amount of candidate data to tracking the outcome for every candidate, a mind map will make sure you leave nothing to chance when searching for top industry talent.
Using a mind map will also enable the hiring team to determine the company’s current training needs and future staffing needs. When a single mind map contains all the information about the recruitment process, it facilitates smooth and seamless execution of the company’s HR vision.
When supported with applicant tracking software, a mind map assists recruiters in planning interviews, adjusting timelines, and customizing workflows, thereby bringing in transparency into the recruitment process.
3. Optimizing the Onboarding Procedure
Onboarding or induction is now gaining a lot of attention owing to its ability to boost the company’s retention rate. However, for most HR professionals, the onboarding process is simply handing new hires an exhaustive list of word documents and PDF files loaded with important information which can be downright overwhelming on Day 1.
Using a mind map for the onboarding process enables HR professionals to review and revamp the process for improved inter-office collaboration. Building a visual mind map of the onboarding process flow also improves the new hire’s clarity about the organization’s vision, accelerates social interaction across the department, engages the new hire early on, builds trust, encourages open communication and reduces the attrition rate.
The Benefits of Mind Mapping for Busy Recruiters
Recruiters can find a great number of advantages by making mind maps instead of taking notes or brainstorming recruitment techniques. The major advantages of mind mapping your recruitment process are the following:
- It assimilates all the information in one place to help you stay organized and efficient by streamlining your workflow
- Mind maps help you stay focused on the task at hand with real-time insights of current and future recruitment needs
- A single glance at the diagram helps you stay on track at every stage of the sourcing process
- Gives you a clear snapshot of your work performance and helps identify bottlenecks
- Increases transparency and collaboration within the hiring team and eliminates delays and confusion
- A real-time visual mind map helps your HR team stay in sync and organized from start to finish with concept maps and flow charts.
The efficiency gain from automating the mind map with an applicant tracking system is huge as compared to taking notes and implementing them manually. So give it a go now and enjoy the benefits.
Kelly Barcelos is a progressive digital marketing manager specializing in HR and is responsible for leading Jobsoid’s content and social media team. When Kelly is not building campaigns, she is busy creating content and preparing PR topics. She started with Jobsoid as a social media strategist and eventually took over the entire digital marketing team with her innovative approach and technical expertise.