Navigating the World of Recruitment: A Guide for Draftboard Scouts

Mastering the Art of Referrals and Recruitment

June 24, 2024
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Sam Goldberg
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Whether you're new to recruitment or a seasoned pro, mastering the art of referrals can significantly boost your success. This guide will provide you with comprehensive tips and resources to navigate the recruitment process effectively. Let’s dive in!

Utilizing Draftboard Features

Draftboard offers several features that make the recruitment process easier and more efficient. Here’s how you can use them:


Boards allow you to share multiple job listings with a single link. This feature is incredibly useful when you want to send job opportunities to a group of people. You can create many boards tailored to different audiences. For example, you could have one board for tech jobs, another for marketing roles, and another for remote positions.

LinkedIn Search

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for finding potential candidates. Draftboard’s LinkedIn search feature lets you easily search for relevant connections based on job title and location. This helps you target your referrals more precisely, increasing the chances of successful matches.

Identifying High-Quality Candidates

Finding the right candidate is crucial for making successful referrals. Here are some strategies to help you identify high-quality candidates:

Reviewing CVs

When reviewing CVs, look for the following:

  • Relevant Experience: Ensure the candidate has experience related to the job they’re applying for.
  • Skills and Qualifications: Check if the candidate has the necessary skills and qualifications listed in the job description.
  • Achievements: Look for candidates who have notable achievements in their previous roles. This indicates they are capable of delivering results.
  • Location: It may seem obvious but many times candidates either don’t put a location or are in the wrong location for the job, usually leading to an immediate rejection from companies.

What Makes a Good Candidate from a CV POV?

A good candidate often has:

  • Strong Work History: Consistent employment and relevant experience.
  • Relevant Skills: Skills that match the job requirements.
  • Positive References: Good feedback from previous employers.
  • Well-Organized CV: Having an organized, concise, and properly formatted CV makes a huge difference.

What Makes a Poor Candidate from a CV POV?

A poor candidate might have:

  • Frequent Job Changes: A history of short-term jobs without clear reasons.
  • Lack of Relevant Skills: Missing key skills needed for the job.
  • Wrong Location: Many times candidates just apply to jobs without reading the description.
  • Poor Presentation: A poorly formatted CV with errors.

Best Practices for Submitting Quality Candidates

Understanding the hiring needs of a company can help you submit the best quality candidates. Here are some best practices:

Understand Hiring Needs

  • Research the Company: Learn about the company’s culture, values, and recent hires. This can give you insights into what they’re looking for in candidates.
  • Identify Patterns: Look for patterns in the company’s recent hires. Are they hiring candidates from specific industries or with certain skills? Use this information to find suitable candidates.

Go the Extra Mile

  • Tailor Your Referrals: Customize your referral suggestions to match the company’s needs. If you’re utilizing one-to-one outreach, tailoring your message will be ideal.
    If you’re utilizing boards, communication with sales individuals vs engineers is entirely different and your message should reflect different audiences.
  • Provide Context: When referring a candidate, include a brief explanation of why you think they’re a good fit for the role in the candidate notes section after approving their CV. This usually leads to a higher chance of securing an interview.

Leveraging Social Media and Networking Events

Expanding your recruitment efforts beyond traditional methods can help you find more high-quality candidates. Here are some tips:

Using Social Media

  • LinkedIn: Use LinkedIn to connect with potential candidates and share job openings. Join relevant groups and participate in discussions to expand your network.
  • Twitter: Follow industry leaders and job boards on Twitter. Share job openings and engage with potential candidates.
  • Facebook: Join industry-specific groups and communities. Share job listings and interact with group members.

There are more social platforms for you to get your message across, we just wanted to highlight a few.

Networking Events

  • Attend Events: Participate in industry conferences, meetups, and webinars. These events are great opportunities to meet potential candidates and expand your network.
  • Host Events: Consider hosting your own networking events. This can position you as a leader in your field and attract high-quality candidates.


Being a successful Scout on Draftboard involves using the right tools, identifying quality candidates, and understanding the hiring needs of companies. 

By leveraging Draftboard features like boards and LinkedIn search, you can streamline your referral process. Additionally, using social media and attending networking events can help you expand your recruitment efforts. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of referrals and recruitment. Happy scouting!

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