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Advanced Web Scraping Made Easy

For many of you, job backfill feeds are a familiar part of the job board and recruitment ecosystem. They supplement natively posted jobs on your board by providing automatically published jobs from across the jobosphere. Feeds enhance the job seeker experience, increasing the likelihood they find relevant opportunities and encouraging return visits.  

For more insights into backfills and why they are worth considering, read our blogs posts on backfill feeds. Or here is a quick summary:   

What Are Backfill Feeds? 

Backfill feeds work by collecting job posts, employer profiles, and sometimes even candidate data. Usually they are exported as XML or RSS feeds, but sometimes they require an API to function. These feeds can be set up in your Careerleaf board so that they automatically publish jobs directly into your board. For most niche job boards the challenge with backfill is relevance. Poor filtering controls and inventory gaps make these feeds at best inconsistent and, at worst, they can undermine the core value proposition of your site. 

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Meet Careerleaf at Hiring & Workforce Housing Forum

The City of Penticton’s Economic Development department is organizing the Hiring & Workforce Housing Forum on Sept. 18, 2019, a ground-breaking event that intends to handle some of the most complex challenges faced by the workplaces today. 

This stream is intended to give hands on training and valuable resources to those looking to up their game and reach the right labour market. The full-day event will host experts, running interactive workshops to help employers learn the latest concepts, achieve same-day results and gain new skills to help your organization attract your ideal recruit and scope out new opportunities.

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Don’t Panic! Careerleaf Offers Workopolis Niche Network Support and Advice from a Canadian Perspective

With the announcement of the sale of Workopolis to Indeed’s parent company, Careerleaf’s thoughts are with the Niche Network Partners, many of whom worked with our own VP of Revenue Operations Jonathan Page when he managed partnerships for Workopolis, as they deal with the uncertainty caused by this announcement.

 

Jonathan is directly supporting current partners by telephone and email to support them at this challenging time.

 

We have heard from WNN partners that other white label job board providers are aggressively pursuing them for quick technology transitions. However, Careerleaf is advising WNN partners not to panic, but to take quick actions to mitigate uncertainty. Here are the 4 areas, we recommend you concentrate on.

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Recruiting & Job Board News You Can Use

GDPR

You’re either hyper-aware of GDPR or you feel like you vaguely recollect hearing it but don’t have a clue what it’s about. GDPR is a new set of privacy laws set to roll out across the European Union, but will also affect anyone doing business in the EU as well.

 

Generally speaking, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is designed to “give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business”.

 

Striving to be compliant with GDPR is a complex process for some companies. Facebook, for example, has had to dedicate resources to creating a new privacy control centre for users. Algorithms used to power Facebook’s advertising publishing have been subject to much scrutiny in recent months and years, and the company has been taking steps to try and prevent political interference. There have also been concerns about whether Facebook’s tools allow or encourage discrimination in recruitment advertising.

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User Experience for Association Career Centres

Professional associations are finding that keeping members active and engaged requires digital tools and platforms that help them connect and access resources on any given day, all year long. A little over a month ago, Tim Ebner outlined some basic elements of user experience for the Associations Now blog to help associations develop good usability on their websites.

 

For your online career centre, there are several areas that can become points of delight or points of frustration for your membership as job seekers. I’ve listed three such areas below, and talk a little bit about how to decide what’s right for your association. Consider those UX elements Ebner discussed as you think about the following areas of your association career centre.

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Integrating Print and Digital Recruitment Ad Sales

Newspapers and magazines belonging to regions with smaller populations or that publish on niche topics have in some cases had a difficult time bridging the gaps between their traditional print circulation and the digital realm.

 

When it comes to recruitment advertising sales, it’s a big deal to transition from employment classified ads to a job board branded to your publication. There are three main areas around which the change may be focused – the experience of your customers, your internal sales processes, and the experience of your job seekers.

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December Recruiting & Job Board News

Lots of things going on in the world of recruiting and job boards, and it’s kind of tough to boil it all down in a meaningful way, so I’ll highlight a few big stories that are worth your attention right now.

Indeed to Monetize Resume Database

Indeed has announced a change to its services for employers and recruiters. For some time now, you were able to search through their substantial resume database to reach candidates. The ability to make contact with candidates will soon only be accessible through a paid subscription service.

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Quantity vs Quality: Improving Your Job Board’s Performance

There is a tendency for job boards to get tunnel vision when it comes to website traffic. Lots of traffic usually means lots of candidates, which means applications and/or clicks, which help the job board directly or indirectly generate revenue and provide the value they promise to recruiters and employers.

 

While you certainly won’t make money from a job board that no one visits, a high volume of applications won’t necessarily guarantee continued success. With a high traffic, high volume strategy, you’re essentially betting that among the thousands of job seekers arriving at your site and applying to your jobs will be some really qualified people.

 

While on the surface, bombarding employers with dozens or hundreds of applications might make them feel like they’re getting their money’s worth, you’re actually not making their job easier. The higher the volume of applications, the more work is involved for them, and the more likely it is that candidates aren’t going to be fairly or consistently screened and evaluated. The end result is that your customer may not wind up hiring somebody they found through your job board.

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Evolving Recruitment Business Models

Robots

Your new assistant

Recruiting is an interesting business to be in right now. When it comes to technology, many businesses are playing catch-up to bring their processes fully into the digital age.

 

Now, before you run out and buy a fully-formed, artificially intelligent robot assistant, think about examining your business model first. Any technology you use needs to fit with your business and the problems that it solves for your customers. Here are three things to keep in mind when evolving your recruitment business model:

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