New Years Resolutions for Recruiters: Sympathy for the Candidate

New Year’s Resolutions for Recruiters: Sympathy for the Job Seeker

If you’ve ever been unemployed, underemployed, or even an employed-but-active job seeker in the past decade, you know a certain kind of pain. Heck, even those passive job seekers who entertain the courtship of a recruiter know the feeling.

They say it’s a candidate’s market out there right now, especially for highly skilled and specialized workers, and yet, they suffer the same poor candidate experiences as those young and unskilled workers just joining the workforce. (Not that anybody deserves such treatment – you may also want to hire that young and unskilled person when they gain more skills and experience.)

When you’re on the other side of the fence as a recruiter or employer, it’s easy to get bogged down in your own processes and difficulties, and neglect to sympathize with job seekers who don’t have the benefit of your point of view.

To refresh your memory, the average job search goes something like this:

  1. After a lot of searching, you find a cool job post and think it’s a great opportunity that you’re qualified for and would enjoy. Maybe it’ll change your life!
  2. You carefully craft a cover letter, update or tweak your resume to suit, and hit “apply”.
  3. Then you click “apply”, and wind up in an Applicant Tracking System that makes some of your previous work feel repetitive. You fill out your contact info again and copy and paste the content of your resume and cover letter into a plain text format.
  4. You might have to re-enter your education or work history with names and dates, and at the end, answer a few screening questions about diversity, your qualifications, or your legal working status.
  5. Those last few questions tacked onto the end are probably designed to knock you out of the application process if you don’t answer the right way, giving you a sinking feeling as you hit the “submit” button.
  6. The whole rigamarole is sometimes followed by an email confirmation of receiving your application, but most often it’s silence.
  7. Lots of silence.
  8. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Scary Mobile Experiences on Job Boards

Scary Mobile Experiences on Job Boards

We’re one week away from Halloween, and I’m thinking about all things spooky and scary, including what’s frightening on a job board – bad mobile experiences.

I know, I know.

You know that job seekers search and browse jobs on their mobile devices. We’ve talked about it a lot here on the Careerleaf blog, and you’d have to have your head in the sand not to notice how many people use their mobile devices for just about everything.

But the reality of it, and how job boards are facing up to it, can be a frightening prospect. Below are a couple (anonymous) examples of what job search can be like on a phone.

 

Classic Old School

This job board features a still-functional older design, but it’s intended only for desktops/laptops, and becomes unreadable on mobile without excessive zooming and scrolling. The point of registration for the job seeker isn’t any easier for the mobile user.

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Pieces of the Puzzle for Job Board Success

Whether you are about to launch a new job board venture or you’re an industry veteran, it’s common to feel like success is a puzzle and the pieces aren’t quite coming together the way they should. Here on the Careerleaf blog, we lay out the key pieces of the puzzle and give you some ideas for pulling it all together. Even if your particular business model is a little different or unique, there are common areas you can focus on to help create success for your job board.

 

Be aware: Everyone’s puzzle fits together a little differently

Notice I said help create success. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there are no magic bullets, no one-size-fits-all solutions to your job board business problems in perpetuity. What works today may be stale, awkward, and inefficient in a few years. Your dedication to staying aware and your ability to adapt will remain your most important assets.1

There are common building blocks that shouldn’t be overlooked when building a job board business, or using a job board as an additional revenue stream for an existing business. Starting with the basics, let’s review the purpose of your job board:

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Top 5 Job Board and Recruiting Industry Insights

There are lots of interesting things going on in the recruiting industry right now. You might be spending an exciting week attending IAEWS’s Fall Congress and/or the HR Tech conference in Las Vegas. Since I can’t be there, I spent some time gathering up the top industry insights and news items for you to read.

And by “top”, I mean: “stuff I thought was pretty interesting, and hope you will, too”. Have a look-see:

 

1. Creativity Will Prevent the Robopocalypse

Over at Blogging4Jobs, Mike Haberman talks about the importance of encouraging creativity in the face of radical change in employment due to automation and artificial intelligence (otherwise known as robots taking over your jobs:

Rather than spending millions of dollars in trying to train people on how to be more creative, what if we revise how we educate our children and stop teaching them to be uncreative? Let’s try to perpetuate the creative urges children have throughout their educational life. That way, when they hit the working world we will not have to teach them how to be creative.

Coming to the working world as a very creative person will allow future employees to more easily adapt to new situations. They will have the ability to easily invent new ways of working that keep them employed instead of being displaced by automation.

It’s a known fact that robots are not good at poetry. This will be your competitive edge in the future job market, dear humans.

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Hey Careerleaf, why don’t you offer a job board app?

Super-obvious, statement-of-fact, spoiler-alert for off-the-grid lifestylers: mobile devices are the most popular way users access the Internet, growing almost 400% over the last four years.

 

While riding the city bus, I noticed just how many of the passengers were using a device to send a message, play a game, watch a video, etc. Seeing someone using a smartphone is something I take for granted, but once I took a moment to focus on what my fellow passengers were doing, I experienced a split second of amazement – these mobile devices are everywhere!

 

Given the mobile revolution, we are often asked, “Why don’t you offer a job board app”?

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No Excuses: Google’s New Mobile-Friendly Rules

Mobile-friendly career sites are now a must, because Google is putting its foot down.

Since last year, Google has indicated to mobile users whether websites listed in their search results were mobile-friendly. Now, websites that are not mobile-friendly will now begin to be affected in how they rank in search results.

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Old Business, New Tech: Why Online Recruitment Needs Change

Recruitment is an old business. At the HRPA conference last week here in Toronto, I spoke with an employment advertising publication that’s been around since 1891. Of course, they’ve had a job board online for a while now, too.

 

I had another conversation at the event about the benefits of just picking up the phone and calling someone–whether you’re looking for work, for talent, for customers, or just an answer to a question! It’s a sentiment I’ve often heard echoed by Careerleaf’s CEO.

 

There are many things about finding work and hiring talent that remain true, even as time goes by and the technology we use changes. And boy, has it changed since ten years ago, let alone 1891!

 

There’s a noticeable amount of tension in the recruitment industry right now, I find. It’s not all bad, but there’s push and pull between new and old, young and experienced. When it comes to technology, I maintain that the ability to adapt to using new tech isn’t strictly generational.

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Careerleaf and UK Part Time Jobs Are Onrec Award Finalists

Careerleaf is proud to share the news that we are among the finalists nominated for the 2015 Onrec Online Recruiting Awards. Careerleaf is pleased to have been made a finalist in the category of Best Online Candidate Experience for a supplier, and for our very own Careerleaf employees, Roman Lyashov and Jon Gaulin, to have been nominated for Personality of the Year and Unsung Hero of the Year, respectively.

 

But that’s not all!

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Demystifying Mobile Recruiting

“What’s your mobile recruitment strategy?!?”

If you spend any time in the recruiting, hiring, or HR space online, “mobile recruiting” is catchphrase you’ve seen and skimmed across hundreds or thousands of times by now. I’m sure it’s sometimes tempting to brush it off as just part of a series of buzzwords designed to sell newfangled software, marketing, and recruiting services.

Much like Search Engine Optimization, the idea of mobile recruiting is frequently talked about without really establishing what it means and how you can start to do it. So let’s get back to basics!

What is mobile recruiting?

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Recruitment Software: You are the User or You are the Loser

It’s interesting to read how other software providers (especially those who provide a hosted solution, like we do) talk around mobile websites. Many companies can claim to offer mobile solutions for their customers, but it’s important to find out precisely what that means for the end user. If you don’t, you may lose out–on the traffic, business, or good hires you’re hoping to reach.

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