by Kurtis Blackburn | Applicant Tracking System, Hiring, Hiring Software, Job Ads, Job Board
Job ads are the gateway to qualified job applicants. As I mentioned in my first job ads post, job ads are probably an applicant’s first real exposure to your company. Make the impression a good one. Of course, it’s not really as simple as snapping one’s fingers and creating killer job ads, but with the couple of tips I shared in my last post, and the few I’ll be sharing here, you should have a very solid starting point to creating optimized job ads. Even if you are feeling a little overwhelmed trying to streamline your hiring process. Use strategic keywords in your job ads. This section is a blog post in and of itself, but I’ll highlight some key points to remember when building a keywords strategy for your job ads. The first step is to analyze the language you use. Most people when writing something (unless they’re professional writers/marketers) tend to write items from their own perspective, and HR is no exception. Writing from your own viewpoint isn’t a bad thing per se, it just limits how well received it may be by others who read it. Job ads are really advertisements selling your open positions. Because HR tends to very compliant minded, a lot of the language used in job ads sounds very legal and dry. Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing until you realize that job ads are really advertisements selling your open positions. You’re writing an advertisement to sell something to a customer (applicant), so you want to use selective language that will appeal to your applicants. In tech terms, you want to choose targeted keywords or keyword phrases that job candidates will use to. . .
by Kurtis Blackburn | Applicant Tracking System, Hiring, Job Board, Mobile Recruiting, Recruiting Basics
Did you know that at least 80 percent of job seekers use a company’s career site to learn more about and “investigate” potential employers? We live in the age of over-information, so if you’re an employer that isn’t utilizing every possible online channel available to communicate with applicants (including an optimized career site), then you’re missing vital opportunities to connect with people who “connect” with someone or something online every six minutes! Fortunately, most HR professionals are convinced that having a career site is essential to their success. Compared to five or so years ago when only about 40 percent of our clients had a career site, that’s significant improvement. Unfortunately, slapping up a haphazard and last minute career site simply for the sake of throwing one together will cause you more grief in the long run because it has the potential to impart a negative perception of your company in your applicant’s mind. If you have a career site, but it’s buried below ten unknown links on your company website, then you might as well not have a career site at all. These simple steps should help ease some of your career site pain: Make your career site visible. One of the biggest frustrations for millennials is hopping onto a website that is not user friendly or intuitive. If you have a career site, but it’s buried below ten unknown links on your company website, then you might as well not have a career site at all. After all, the first rule of the Internet is that you have to be found. If no one can find you, you don’t exist. Additionally, having your career site somewhere conspicuous on your homepage helps you to establish a. . .
by Kurtis Blackburn | Applicant Tracking System, Hiring, Job Board, Strategic HR
A job board is essentially the more modern version of the newspaper classifieds. Except, navigating the classifieds section was a little easier because the basic recipe for success was a simple job description and coughing up the cash for advertising space. While it’s true there are a few more steps involved with optimizing a job board, the tips outlined in this post should provide some basic framework. The rest of the optimization process is up to you as the HR professional. A job board is essentially the more modern version of the newspaper classifieds. What is a job board? In its simplest form, a job board is an online “board” that hosts a variety of job ads. A job board is slightly different than a job aggregator which essentially “scrapes” job descriptions off the web. On a job board, employers are usually the ones to supply the job ad directly. What is job board optimization? Now that we’ve narrowed down what it is, let’s dig a little deeper into what we mean with the phrase “job board optimization.” Optimization essentially means to make something as perfect or as refined/efficient as possible, so this is our end goal with job board optimization. We want the job board to function as effectively as possible so we can maximize our job ad exposure and gain quality applicant traffic. What are the steps involved with job board optimization? The optimization process is simple if we break the process down into steps. I’ve outlined the three basic phases of the optimization process below. You want the ad to be found on your job board. The first step your optimization strategy is to produce an ad that’s. . .