Job Board & Recruiting News Round-Up

There have been lots of interesting reports, ideas, and insights swirling around the recruiting industry lately, so we’ve gathered up a few to keep you informed.

Learn about how the skills gap affects recruiting, the best ways to market to job seekers, recruitment marketing, job board partnerships, and an example of some truly creative recruiting below!


Skills Gap Hinders Recruiting & Employment

The RecruitingTimes reports on the gap between job vacancies and the skillsets of job seekers in the UK:

The study shows that some sectors had over 200,000 vacancies, while in others, such as the creative industry and animal car[e], far too many people were chasing jobs.

Jonathan Munk over at TechCrunch writes about the skills gap and why universities aren’t the solution:

The skills gap really exists in two dimensions; the gap in actual skills obtained by students relative to the job they want, and the gap in a person’s perceived skills relative to their actual skills.

It’s a good read, and one for recruiters and hiring managers to mull over as they write job posts and review candidates.

Joyce Russel of Addeco recommends sourcing and pipelining talent, and making use of referrals and online advertising when recruiting:

Digital advertising covers a myriad of techniques and strategies, but all of them allow you to tailor your messaging and target a very specific audience. For example, if you have an entry-level job opening in retail in New York City, rather than just having the posting sit on your website, you can show an ad to job seekers who live within a 30 mile radius of New York City. This will give you exposure to job seekers with a greater likelihood of actually applying for the position.

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The API: Your New Best Friend In Recruitment Tech

API. Ape-y Eye? Application Program Interface. It’s a thing. A big thing. It’s a thing you should know about. If programming languages aren’t your thing, don’t worry. That’s what I’m here for: cutting through the buzzwords to help us all understand what it is and how it impacts recruitment technology.

An API acts like a translator between two pieces of web-based software.

For example: let’s say you use a third-party application to track and analyze how many followers you have on Twitter. When you create your account, it doesn’t ask you to enter your email and a username or password. All you have to do is log into your Twitter account, and give the app permission to talk to your Twitter data.

An API does that.

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