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Email Recruitment – problems and pitfalls?


A charity i am involved in is currently recruting for a new worker. As a online charity it has included its email and wedsite details on the advert. This has resulted in email requests for the application pack. Clearly by providing this the charity is saving time, money and paper. BUT are there any logistical, technical or ethical pitfalls in doing this.

The charity has decided to send the application form by email attachment, with a covering note saying that the form must not be altered. Should we say anything else?.

Currently the form is available in Office 97 shouls we make it availble in other formats? - bearing inmind this could be dificult.

Looking forward to people's thoughts

Paul Bridges

2 Responses

  1. looking for info. also
    I would also like to establish the practical pros and cons. Please include me in any reply.
    many thanks.

  2. E-mail Recruitment
    I do not see too many problems with sending out application packs by e-mail, and if you use Word 97 the vast majority of internet users will be able to read the information. If some people say they can’t read it, then you can simply send them the information as a plain text e-mail or give them a link to the appropriate page of the website.

    However, some candidates may expect a physical pack to be mailed out and may feel dissapointed to receive an attachment only.

    You do not say where your job adverts are placed, but it would be ideal if candidates are directed to the website to apply via an online application form. This has the dual role of informing candidates about the organisation and enables candidates to be filtered out more easily than e-mail applications. This is part of the service to clients of HR Portal.

    Hope the above is useful.


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