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British regional newspaper publisher, Johnston Press plc, announced today the launch of TheSmartList, a new fixed price recruitment service designed to help employers fill vacancies quickly and cost-effectively.
Currently, according to the publisher businesses using traditional advertising methods often find that they receive very high volumes of applications that need to be sorted internally. The service, to be launched this autumn, allows businesses seeking new staff for mid-level vacancies to pay a fixed fee for a pre-screened short-list of qualified candidates.
TheSmartList combines a “recruitment consultancy type services” with Newspaper and online Job Board advertising for £349 in the launch period, rising to £549 post launch. Employers will submit details of their vacancy and TheSmartList team will then prepare a recruitment brief to identify suitable candidates. Promising individuals are screened using a bespoke questionnaire and once TheSmartList is finalised, the employer can review the candidates and select the best for interview.
Joe Slavin, Managing Director of Digital Classifieds, Johnston Press, commented:
“We are very excited to be launching this new recruitment service which will provide substantial benefits for businesses across the UK. During this tough economic climate, recruiting new staff can be a very time-consuming and costly process. TheSmartList aims to provide a cost effective, hassle free recruitment solution to businesses at a time when they need it most.”
Johnston Press is one of the UK and Ireland’s largest publishers with access to over 200 newspapers, magazines and online platforms, including JobsToday.co.uk, the Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post. However in its most recent financials for the 26 weeks ended June 2012 the company announced that revenue from print advertising continued to decline with classified print advertising accounting for majority of the fall.
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