Despite recent signs of a strengthening job market, job-seekers are up against a notable increase in competition. Nearly half of all available positions in 2014 received more than 200 applications. This translates to a 40 percent increase since 2011, according to a Talent Board survey. Those numbers beg the question, how can you ensure that you're attracting the right candidates to your job postings? Streamlining the hiring process can help you avoid wasting time on both ends.

In infographic below, recruiting software creator Jobvite, in collaboration with Column Five, suggests some of the best ways that you can help candidates along through the process.