Month: March 2021

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Spend less time posting your jobs manually and more time actually recruiting

By Peter Morrow   March 22, 2021  

You’ve written a job description based on your client’s brief, and it’s ready to go!

But there’s just one problem. You now have to upload it to all the job boards your agency is on. First, your site. Then LinkedIn. Then Indeed, and all the many other job boards out there. Log in. Copy/paste description. Post job.

And then the candidates start applying. But they’re not all applying from the same place. So you have to import candidate CVs from LinkedIn manually and wherever else they’ve come from into your database. Cue more relentless copy/pasting. Whilst doing this simple, repetitive and mundane task, your to-do list grows — emails go unanswered, candidates don’t get the time they deserve, and mistakes inevitably happen.

Frustrating, isn’t it?

But the answer to this is quite simple. Technology once again steps into the breach and provides businesses with time-saving solutions. In this case, some brands have started utilising integrated multi-platform software that allows you to post a job on your site, which then goes out immediately across all of the job boards you want it to appear on. Applications can be redirected back to your website, ensuring that candidates become part of your talent pool. You are increasing both their chances of landing a great role and your chances of matching them to a great role.

Put simply, integrating your website across multiple jobs boards gives you the chance to save time and effort, improving the bottom line of your recruitment agency. You’ll be able to process more clients, advertise more jobs, and place more candidates with the same number of employees, all the while having an increasingly smooth and efficient workflow.

There are plenty of excellent multi-platform software brands out there, most of whom also provide Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). Brands such as Broadbean, LogicMelon and Idibu offer great multi-poster solutions to the perpetual conundrum of attracting more candidates to your jobs by making it simple to post one job advert that goes out to multiple jobs boards at the touch of a button.

But what about your own site? When it comes to developing your recruitment site, integrating it with any of these brands can be tricky, especially if you’re a non-tech person. Thankfully, that’s one of the many benefits of having Reverse Delta develop your recruitment website. We also offer integrations with Broadbean, LogicMelon, Idibu and many more multiposter providers as well as CRMs. Simply, this means that whenever we engineer a recruitment website, you have the option of integrating it with the multi-posters — meaning one less task for you to think about and one more significant benefit to getting you on the pathway to success. Add a job in one place, it goes out to all the destinations, and all the applications come back to one place. Sounds simple?  Yes - that’s the way it should be.

Find out more about what we do and our integrations here.

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Candidate board — showcase your quality candidates to clients.

By Peter Morrow   March 22, 2021  

Companies who have spent the last year in survival mode, having frozen hiring or even made redundancies, are now looking to start growing once more. If you’ve made it this far, then there’s undoubtedly a sense you can hold on just that little bit longer.

As leaders once more start to invest in their businesses, they will look to grow the workforce. We’re going to be entering a candidate-rich jobs-poor market, with plenty of great talent in the marketplace but few positions, as businesses are only just getting back into the swing of things.

Post COVID-19, there is an accepted view that unemployment will rise above 10% in the coming months. Advertised roles are attracting too many candidates and searching through excess applicants takes time. Even with applicant tracking software (ATS) to help you reach those ideal candidates quicker, you might still end up with a pile of candidate CVs simply too big to effectively assess for additional capability. That, in turn, extends the length of time it takes to recruit (and you’re going to want whatever time-saving advantages you can get).
Candidate Board presents the cream of your extensive candidate pool to clients.
Established agencies will have an extensive catalogue of potential candidates. Your ATS/CRM database offers an excellent opportunity to help your clients find an employee quickly.

An anonymous Candidate Board — which works like the reverse of your job board – is an excellent tool to have in your recruiter’s arsenal. Your clients will be able to search your candidates by keywords, sector, and location.

It allows your website to showcase candidate talent whilst your clients can sort through potential matches, narrowing down and selecting those that fulfil their requirements before approaching you to obtain more details about the candidate.

Better still, your clients may be able to identify a potential hire for a job that you don’t know about yet! Good business succession planning is an essential strategic task, but most clients won’t share this with their recruiter. Gain trust with a client by offering a service that allows them to see what potential hires are available.

 

Candidate Board gives you the ability to:

place excellent talent in front of your clients quicker
the opportunity to utilise spin-out campaigns
showcasing the best potential employees at a glance to an employer; by giving that employer the chance to go through the talent, you have on your books at their own pace. 
allows you to develop a rapport with the client
reduce time to hire as clients find their hires
invest in a real competitive advantage
increase your revenue and profitability

Use your Candidate Board as a Lead Generation Tool on your website:

showcase it to any visitor 
or place it behind a client portal and use it as an upsell and give access to only your paying or ‘VIP’ clients

Call to Actions (CTA) will ensure your website captures relevant details so your consultants can follow up, such as:

sign up for candidate alerts 
learn more
request more information
download candidate profile
clients can also sign up for email alerts of new candidates added meeting their requirements.

It doesn’t matter what field you’re recruiting in, from property to writing and the creative industries — a Candidate Board, gives your client more control whilst still leveraging your expertise in the market.

There is a consensus that recruitment is going to become very competitive after a challenging year. With thousands of new entrants in the market, all willing to under-cut established agencies. But what they won’t have to begin with is a pool of candidates to display to clients. You do. Now is the time to add a competitive advantage, such as the Candidate Board.

Our recruitment website development platform, FXRecruiter, can provide you with Candidate Board functionality online. Find out more here.

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Looking for a more hands-on approach from your recruitment website provider?

By Peter Morrow   March 12, 2021  

Here at Reverse Delta, we prefer a consultative sales approach. In the simplest terms, we’re not interested in clocking up the numbers, making X amount of sales per week to hit Y amount of projects. Our approach is not to jump onto the next customer after the sale has been made, but to consult and work with you until the project has reached completion (and beyond).

As recruitment website designers since 2002, we believe that each project is a process of collaboration and creativity. A long-term partnership, rather than a transactional, production-line approach. Building a close relationship with our clients is the best way to realise quality in a long-term project and maintain long-lasting relationships. 
What does our approach entail?
Our personalised, consultative approach results in a closer, more hands-on working process based on customer insight and taking the time to ensure we know your business inside out. That ensures you’ll get the website you’re looking for, and in turn, an online presence that stands out amongst the very best.

Here’s what you can expect from our solution experts:

Precise analysis of what you need for your recruitment agency. Our experts have plentiful experience – they know how to help you hit your targets.
Solutions – you’ll have your choice of the features and services that are best placed to benefit you, with a focus on cooperation rather than the constant selling of add-ons and extras. That means these solutions will actually create long-term value for you. 
Advice – our solution experts will become trusted long-term advisors, on hand to share vital information when needed and help you make the right decisions. For us, it’s about providing the value of another perspective – not another box-check.

So what happens when you onboard with us?
When you decide to build your new recruitment website with us, you’ll be assigned a dedicated project manager and designer, who will stay “on the project” for at least four weeks after your go-live date.

That means you’ll have a right-hand man or woman on-call to enable your vision and direct the rest of the creative team assigned to your project. Our creative teams have the experience to design an attractive, optimised, and elegant website that drives traffic (and therefore business) to your site.

Expect questions from the team at this point – we are keen on understanding exactly what it is that makes your business tick and what separates you from your competition! We want to know your terms of success, what you need from your website and your online presence, and we will provide recommendations and possible alternatives. The more information we have to hand, the easier it is for us to realise your vision.

After the brief, the creative team will return with three homepage designs for you to mix and match at your pleasure until you arrive at the ideal final design for your website. We’re proud of our track record and we nearly always get this right-first-time – but following your feedback, there are no limitations on revisions prior to the final sign-off. The rest of your website will be designed in accordance with the templates and design choices prevalent on the homepage for consistency.

In the four weeks or so after go-live, your dedicated Project Manager will be on hand to make sure you are getting the most out of your new recruitment website and to answer any further questions you might have.

After this period, our solution expert will become your long-term account manager and point of contact. If you have new ideas, opportunities, or are looking to add new features or questions, the solution expert will be on hand to answer.

That’s a taste of our working process. But what about the tools of our trade? Take a look below:
Website technology
Our world-class website platform, FXRecruiter integrates both the front- and backend of your site, bringing everything into one easily manageable whole for you. We’ve been designing recruitment websites since 2002 - a time before Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (remember those days?) - during which the internet has changed drastically. The fact that we’re still standing and building industry-leading sites shows how much we’ve reinvested in our processes, refining and developing what works and discarding what doesn’t.
Services
We don’t just design websites. Our Creative Services team can help you with brand positioning and content, giving you the copy and materials to place you as the leading recruitment agency in your field. Our Digital Services team can also help you develop your marketing outreach, making sure that the right connections are being made to your site and that your social media presence is alive and thriving.
Long-term support
Of course, this goes hand-in-hand with our consultative approach, but we really believe in building a long-term support network for your business, answering questions and finding new solutions over time.

Many of our clients have returned to us multiple times over the years to update and redesign their websites. We can’t think of higher praise than that; after all, actions speak louder than words. You can count on us to stay in touch.

As an established company (closing in on our twentieth year in business), we often feel like the ‘best-kept secret’ in the recruitment sector. We achieved that longevity not through rapidly pursuing aggressive growth and a win-at-all-costs mentality, but a holistic, collaborative approach that ensures clients keep coming back to us when they want to refresh their online presence.

That’s why Reverse Delta is perfect for developing a new website (or refreshing an ageing design) for your growing recruitment business. None of our competitors can boast the same mixture of experience and cutting-edge technology, nor can they match our hands-on approach.

But don’t take our word for it. Why not get in touch today or call 08000 199 737?

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Why aren’t my jobs showing up in Google for Jobs?

By Peter Morrow   March 8, 2021  

A position showing up in Google for Jobs (G4J) is a great sign. It guarantees you’ll see a wider field of candidates apply (and therefore, a better chance of the ideal candidate applying). There’s also the added benefit of it being an excellent passive form of marketing for your recruitment agency, driving extra web traffic to your site. An excellent recruitment website with a well-structured data setup should have few issues having new positions show up in Google for Jobs.
What is Google for Jobs?
As per the name, it’s essentially a search engine designed to show jobs. Google bots crawl the internet, find job positions and then display them at the top of relevant searches. Crucially, G4J is free – it costs nothing for a job to appear, and it costs nothing for a candidate to apply (although there are concerns this may change in the future).

With 52% of millennial job hunters using Google and G4J to search for work (and numbers in other demographics rising), this represents a significant segment of potential candidates. But what do you do if your job isn’t showing up on G4J?
Common reasons why jobs don’t show up in Google for Jobs
One common reason why a job might not show up in G4J is simply that the website on which it's advertised is not optimised for G4J. The schema and the data structure setup of your site may be incorrect for communicating with Google’s bots. This is a problem that we are used to solving, thanks to our FXRecruiter platform for designing recruitment websites.

Other reasons why a job might not show up in Google for Jobs include:
Job location
Make sure your job is set to the right location or remote if appropriate. This will guarantee more applicants from the relevant geographic area.
Expired jobs are still visible
Having expired jobs still visible on your site will ensure Google’s bots will downrank your site (not to mention that any candidates that do find your recruitment site and see a number of expired jobs will be reticent to return). Delete expired jobs every couple of weeks.

 
Posting the same description on both LinkedIn and your site
If you use the same description, G4J will simply merge both into one entry – and may choose to display or redirect to LinkedIn or another jobs board site first. Rewriting the description will help in this regard.

 

Related to this is the timing of posting your job description. If you post it on LinkedIn before you place it on your site, it is likely that Google will prioritise LinkedIn.
Incorrect keywords or a poorly written job advert
Perhaps the most fundamental point from a recruiter’s perspective. Making sure your keywords are relevant to your client’s ideal applicant is vital to making sure your job appears in front of the right people. A poorly written description with unclear definitions will also make it harder for Google's bots to pick up, with fewer high-quality candidates applying as a result.

I wrote a series of blogs on The secrets of SEO success recently. You can click here to read keywords & key phrases, and relevant keywords for guidance tips.

 

Finally, Google doesn’t guarantee that your job data will be shown, even if all the details are set up correctly. This is especially true in competitive industries, there are, after all, only so many entries Google can show!

Looking for more advice on how to make your recruitment website Google-friendly? Get in touch with us here or call 08000 199 737.