Looking for a job? It pays to be smart...

A PIONEERING service is being started which could help local firms and jobseekers.

Johnston Press – publisher of the Herald – plans to extend its recruitment offering with its new fixed price recruitment service – TheSmartList.co.uk – designed to help employers fill vacancies quickly and cost-effectively.

A recently-launched pilot allows businesses seeking new staff for mid-level vacancies to pay a fixed fee for a pre-screened short-list of qualified candidates.

Currently businesses using traditional advertising methods often find that they receive very high volumes of applications that need to be sorted internally, whilst traditional recruitment consultancies can be costly.

The SmartList offers a great alternative, by combining recruitment consultancy-type services with newspaper and job board advertising for one low fixed cost.

Employers are able to submit details of their vacancy and The SmartList team will then prepare a recruitment brief against which candidates can be matched.

Stephen Anderson, group digital recruitment category manager at Johnston Press, said: “We’ve already generated a great deal of interest for the service. We’re really pleased to be able to offer this recruitment alternative which can help reduce costs and time for employers looking for new staff in a challenging climate.”

For more information visit TheSmartList.co.uk

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