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Integrating your recruitment website with your recruitment software

By Peter Morrow   January 29, 2021  

As a recruitment agency, you want to build the best possible experience for your clients and candidates. In today’s online-focused world, that means a recruitment website – a front-end and shop window to your business – that is aligned with your recruitment software on the back-end. Tying the two together will provide you with a foundation around which you can construct business interconnectivity that portrays expertise and facilitates a personable, professional approach. In other words, the key ingredients for a successful recruitment business.

Integrating your recruitment agency’s website into your recruitment software – such as your Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) or your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system – is vital to building this success. These two elements require web-building expertise and an understanding of how different software and tools interact with each other. That’s where FXRecruiter comes in – our SaaS platform designed to grow your business.
What are the benefits of integration?
Building an integrated recruitment website will provide you with many time-saving benefits, cutting out much of the legwork of the day-to-day life of a recruiter.

Here you can see a diagram of two-way integration. Jobs posted from your ATS or CRM to your FXRecruiter website. Candidates details and registrations sent back to you ATS or CRM.

A few potential benefits for you and your staff below:

Automatic job posting to your recruitment website – allowing you to go direct from client brief to posting.
Smooth dataflow with your ATS or CRM system, meaning applications won’t get lost in the pipeline.
Reduce the need to re-enter candidates into different systems – a time-consuming, error-prone task.

As for the candidates themselves, they can expect:

An improved, smoother user experience
Applications and CVs will be received quickly, and to the right consultant in your company
Easily managed portal – details, applications, CVs, all in one place.
Excellent GDPR-compliant data security services (with the right to unsubscribe and remove their data).
Automated job notifications and email alerts.
The information pipeline also means that any call-backs from your consultants to the candidate ensures the consultant has solid information about the candidate from the start.

How do we provide these solutions?
If you have a recruiter software application programmer’s interface (API), we’ll be able to use it to combine your website and the recruitment software you’ve chosen. The integrations available in FXRecruiter can save your business so much time – increasing efficiency and producing a more streamlined, hands-on service. And that’s what both your clients and candidates will want.
Who can we integrate with?
If the provider of your recruitment software has an API, FXRecruiter will be able to integrate with them. Even if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world - we should still be able to find a solution. That’s what we do.

A few of the providers we integrate with: Bullhorn, Bond Adapt, Colleague, Itris, JobAdder, Microdec, Profile, RDB ProNet, Influence, Matchmaker, Darwin, Voyager, Meta4 HR, and Lever.
Why us?
Not only are we an established business with an excellent track record in designing top of the range websites for recruitment agencies (see our portfolio), but we also have established relationships with many of the key CRM, ATS, and 3rd party recruitment technology developers. Our team monitors the latest updates with these providers and developers, ensuring that any changes to their systems will be quickly and smoothly integrated into your recruitment website.

You can find more about the integration process here.

If you are interested in discussing how we can integrate your recruitment website in more detail, get in touch with one of our experts at Reverse Delta.

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Six tips for attracting new clients to your recruitment website in 2021

By Peter Morrow   January 26, 2021  

When designing your recruitment website, your goal is ultimately to acquire quality candidates and quality clients. Talent begets talent, like a circle. With high-quality candidates on offer, high-quality businesses will come to you. With high-quality businesses on offer, high-quality candidates will be drawn to you.

Your role as a recruitment firm is to be the matchmaker, to create an effective and efficient system that benefits both client and candidate. Key to that is your digital marketing strategy, which will attract your audience to your firm. Your digital marketing strategy needs to showcase who you are, what you do, and what you can offer to your customers.

Here are six quick tips to supercharge your digital marketing strategy this year:

Use social media — especially LinkedIn!

It’s almost impossible to run a business these days without some social media presence. Around 45 million Britons are on social media — the question is, which platform? For recruitment firms, the first choice will always be LinkedIn. After all, it’s the professional network of social media — people looking to apply for jobs will be active on LinkedIn. Building a profile with regular activity will make your firm stand out.

How we can help: We can set up an automatic feed of jobs to your LinkedIn company page. Your consultants can use the sharing buttons on jobs, blogs and news to share content with their own profile pages. Candidates can apply or sign-in using their Linkedin details.

Pay attention to SEO

If nobody can find your job, nobody will apply for it. Consider the keywords you’ll use in the job advert you’re going to build for your client. With the right search engine optimisation, the chances of the right person applying for the job will increase.

How we can help: FXRecruiter will automate much of your SEO, using the keywords in your job titles, their locations and categories. You can also follow our blog for more help and advice — e.g. great SEO tips for your website, writing a great job description.

Optimise for Google for Jobs

Alongside tip number 2, making sure your job adverts are optimised for Google for Jobs will mean that the search engine will index your postings and automatically add them to relevant searches.

How we can help: FXRecruiter already integrates with Google for Jobs so provided your jobs are on your site, they should also appear on Google for Jobs.

Affiliates and testimonials

The best form of marketing is word-of-mouth — nothing beats genuine praise. However, waiting for your audience to start leaving reviews and feedback can take time. Collecting and showcasing (genuine) testimonials on your site is one method. But using affiliates — say, those who are already using your service — and encouraging them to refer other candidates or clients to you via rewards is an even more powerful way of encouraging audience growth. Be mindful of GDPR though, old style ‘refer a friend’ won’t cut it.

How we can help: By building an effective, stylish testimonials page. If you’re looking towards affiliate methods, FXRecruiter is entirely GDPR-compliant, with data security a priority, ensuring that any potential data issues will be covered.

Use content to position your brand

Providing your audience with something concrete that they can gain value from — a video, an article, an interview, or a podcast — gives you a twofold benefit. Not only does it drive hits to your site (especially when combined with effective SEO), it will also position you as an industry leader. Think about the regular publications you read — do you consider them to be thought leaders in your sector? They didn’t become experts overnight. They put the hard graft in to develop that position.

How we can help: In addition to our website design services, our award-winning creative team can provide you with the content and brand development to position yourself as a thought leader in your sector.

Build an email list

Encouraging your audience to sign up to your job alerts and email lists allows you to notify them of any exciting job opportunities that come up. Not only that, you can utilise a mailing list to highlight exciting new developments, your latest blog posts, or any other content that feels relevant to your audience.

 
How we can help: FXRecruiter provides easy, accessible, and data secure methods for building a segmented email list.
Our bespoke platform for designing and maintaining recruitment websites, FXRecruiter, is in an ideal position to help you win new clients in 2021. Find out more here.

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SEO tips for planning your recruitment website – how to build a sitemap

By Peter Morrow   January 12, 2021  

A website sitemap is critical to great recruitment website design. A sitemap is a file with a list of all the web pages accessible on your site, visible to both users and the crawler bots that search engines use to trawl and index site information.

Just as a map gives you directions to where you’re going, with an ‘X’ marking the destination, a sitemap does the same for a search engine, directing it to the available information on your site, and making it a simpler process to understand the details available on each page. The search engine can then begin to ‘learn’ how to index your site, before ranking it according to searcher intent. The bigger the site, the more useful a sitemap.

To give you an idea, here is an image of how a sitemap could be visualised.

So, how can you start conceptualising your website with a sitemap in mind to help with SEO?

 

1) Clarify the purpose of your website

What are you aiming to achieve, and who is your target audience? You’re almost certainly already doing this, whether through your use of content or through your business’s LinkedIn profile, pitching yourself and your company with a specific image in mind. But approaching this from the purpose of a sitemap will help outline your calls to action as a business, and the CTAs the search engine will focus on.

 

2) Crawler bot pace

A well-organised sitemap will be easier for a crawler bot to read through, speeding up your appearance on search engines. But it’s a win-win situation, as a good sitemap will make for a happier bot too, making it more likely to rank you highly. Reverse Delta will always send a text version of the sitemap to Google anyway as best practice.

 

3) Site architecture

As recruitment website design experts, we at Reverse Delta know how to craft an optimised site that will fulfil your needs. But a great sitemap helps us optimise your site’s architecture from the ground up, leading to a smoother experience overall for everyone.

 

4) Avoid unindexed pages

Unindexed pages put simply, are those that can’t be found by a search engine. There are legitimate reasons to create unindexed pages, but for your purposes this is unlikely. An HTML sitemap means that the crawler bots can index and search your entire site, leaving no stone unturned.

 

5) Strong internal linking

Don’t just link to pages from the menu; also use “signposts” (eg icons, buttons or text links) on other pages, and text links (bonus points for having your keywords here) so there are multiple routes to your content.

 

6) Have an XML sitemap too

Google (and other search engines) like these - they’re not really for humans. Your web people can help here. Make sure they include links to your jobs.

 

7) Identify room for improvement

A good sitemap won’t just improve what’s already great about your site and your brand. It can help you see where there might still be work to be done — a dead-end here, a content-scarce section there, unclear CTAs (Call To Action) over here. Having a map doesn’t just show you a direction — it can show you where not to go as well.

 

8) Spread the word

Too easy to just leave it hanging there. Now to tell the bots. Get your sitemap submitted to the obvious places. Google’s Search Console, sure, but don’t forget Bing’s power - it’s often built into the ‘default’ service on all Windows devices, so their console counts.

 

So if you’re thinking about building a website for your recruitment firm, why not spend a few minutes drawing out a likely sitemap and structuring how your site might look.

 

Feel free to get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help build your website here.

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Can you attract over 50% of candidates through your own recruitment website?

By Peter Morrow   January 5, 2021  

What if there was a way of getting the bulk of your candidates not through jobs boards, but through your own website? The right recruitment technology is the answer.

A website with the right recruitment technology, optimised to run precisely for your sector, is your signpost on the internet. Whether you hire specifically for startups, managerial roles, financial services or any of the many sectors out there, a well-designed platform will allow you to bypass the expense of repeatedly placing the job on a litany of jobs boards (and the costs that come with it) whilst targeting your audience directly. And with the UK recruitment market worth some £38.9 bn in 2019 and ready to bounce back stronger than ever post-pandemic, now is the time to take a big step forward.

The solution in question is FXRecruiter — our recruitment platform, built by experts in recruitment website design. 
So what can FXRecruiter do for you?
Just a few of its capabilities include:

Jobs marketing feed to aggregators & jobs boards — your job marketing distribution is done by your website with automatic feeds to major job search engines, aggregators and selected job boards. 
An enhanced user journey: the content is tailored to the expectations of your audience, both client-side and candidate-side.
Optimisation: sites built using FXRecruiter are designed to work across all manner of devices — smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
GDPR compliance: with security a top priority.
An SEO-optimised jobs board: boosting organic traffic.
Integrations with your systems: such as the ability for candidates to quickly apply with LinkedIn, making it easy to use, and Google For Jobs, making it easier to find your jobs.

We’ve seen the benefits of FXRecruiter first-hand with some of our clients, giving them over 50% of their candidates through their own site. Are returns like that what you’re looking for?

With your own recruitment website and jobs board, you’ll be able to appear as a leading expert in your field — the go-to spot for prospective candidates and clients looking to hire the right talent for their growing business. So, not only will your candidates see you as a more viable option, but clients will see the advantages you hold, with a growing database of potential hires, therefore attracting more of both. More clients equals more candidates equals a healthier recruitment business. If your goal is to be seen as an industry leader, then FXRecruiter can function as a vital piece of the puzzle.

Not only that, having all of this data in one (secure) location that you control means you’re able to offer a better experience to both sides of the recruitment business. After all, recruitment has long been about networks and connecting people to one another — a true people business. The benefits of a streamlined system allow you a greater opportunity to give candidates and clients a great experience — which in itself gives you an advantage over the competition.

If you want to discuss taking your own recruitment website to the next level, get in touch with the team at Reverse Delta.

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Mobile-first, mobile-last, mobile everything

By Dave Haygarth   November 12, 2020  

You don't need me to tell you that smartphones are becoming a bigger part of daily life for us all with almost every breath, Users of mobile phones reached 3 billion users worldwide back in 2019, with the figure - fairly predictably - set to climb over the next few years, with nearly 4 billion by the end of 2021. [source: Newzoo]

But your traditional perception of a web user interface designer  - sitting behind a very large Mac screen is probably pretty much bang on. The nature of user interface design is visually intensive and if someone's going to site 'pushing pixels around' all day, then they need a decent workstation.

But that leads to a problem.  And it extends far beyond the designer. Right down the chain of people involved in commissioning, prototyping, testing, designing, tweaking, coding ... we're pretty much all sat with comfortable large screens and that's why the idea of designing a website (or even just small parts of the user interface) has tended to err towards a desktop experience, and mobile experience - when it came along in the first part of the last decade - was 'bolted on'.  People had got into bad habits that with the growth of mobile usage, were on a course towards disaster.
The big G.
The course we're being steered on here, inevitably, is being spearheaded by Google.  They have numbers, algorithm, and what basically amounts to a bit of common sense. THEY know the deal.  THEY know that people use mobiles. So they introduced the 'mobile-first' concept - firstly as a ranking signal in 2015, then rolled out more publicly back in 2016.
So what does 'mobile-first' mean?
To us, it's a culture. We started to use different tools back in 2016.  We started to 'release' bespoke designs to some clients as 'mobile' but, soon had to back-pedal on that, as it confused the heck of some people who were checking the design - sat in their office - on that comfy chair and big screen!  Still, however, the concept rules. Our design team use tools that are based around mobile - and frameworks in the templating systems that stem from mobile.  (Think: big thumbs on small buttons, and all those kind of no-no things)

We proudly switched to Invision for user interface prototyping and concepts. At the time, it was a relative gamble, but worldwide, it proved a good horse to back, and is pretty much indispensable now.
Mobile-first: Not just about mobile
It's so much more about whether your site looks and feels good at people's fingertips. By making a site work well on small screens, the side-effect is to force us to make sites more accessibility-friendly. If a site works well on mobile, it is likely to work well on all devices.

Smaller screens also have a tendency to make you think about pushing important things to the top of a screen.  [Think: "sidebar"] - with limited display space, you have to really work out what is important and what is less so.

Your branding also had to evolve as we got onto smaller screens. Logos that move out of the way once you've seen them. Menus that only appear when you need them. Space is of a premium.

Take a look at the image below.

Mobile-first best practice design
Mmmm... burgers
One final thought. The good old burger menu. Contrary to popular belief, the hamburger menu actually originated way, way before smart phones. If any of you are old enough (like me!) to remember those state-of-the-art Xerox Star, the 'system' menu actually came from those.

... but there is something just so "right" about how some things just work on limited space. And the burger is one of them.

McDonald's even got one designed for them

On that note, I'm off for lunch.
Dave.

Covid retrospective – what does it mean for recruitment?

By Steve Riley   November 2, 2020  

We're in recession now, that's official. This has happened for the first time in the UK since 2008. The definition of recession is when the economy shrinks for two quarters in a row. And that was bound to happen when large portions of the economy shut down almost overnight in March, so we shouldn't be too surprised. The question for job seekers and those more widely in the recruitment sector is more about how deep and how long lasting that recession is.

Of course, it's too early to say anything at all definitive about the future state of the job market.

Search engine Indeed recently updated its periodic review of vacancies and the graph so far is looking like it may be 'u-shaped' – a sharp slump, bumping along the bottom, followed hopefully by recovery.

But there are other possibilities - a long drawn out recession with a sustained dip, a double-dip 'w' shaped recession, with a false recovery and more trouble ahead, to name two.
Service sector slump
The UK economy has been hardest hit of the G7 Economies and this is largely because of our reliance on the service sector. These have been the first jobs to go. The service sector – retail, hospitality, financial services, etc – makes up around 80% of our GDP. Whilst the cliff edge in activity in some areas has led to a deep slump, there are also cautious grounds for optimism. The latest retail figures show month on month recovery levels and we're now 6% above February levels, pre-lockdown, in a mix of online and high street sales. It would be ironic (and not a little un-British) if we were able to shop our way out of trouble.

Indeed's data is already showing signs of an improvement in vacancy activity within food preparation and service jobs, following pubs and restaurants reopening. The Eat Out To Help Out scheme has been a massive boost to this sector (for a recent family birthday we struggled to book somewhere on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday).

In fact, many of our blue collar recruiters have not been too badly affected. Some showing a mini-boom, for example those in the healthcare sector, busy recruiting the vital staff that run our nursing homes.

Others too, like the recruiter that provides all the security staff for a major supermarket, are finding it less tough than others.

Some recruiters have shown an agile and flexible turn of hand and shifted focus, for example one of our clients now doing large volumes of work in the 'cleaning operative' sector, as a result of our new reliance on rigorous cleaning regimes.
Statistics and startups
Our own monitoring shows a distinct uptick in both the number of email alerts being sent out (made up of a combination of new jobs posted and those candidates registered to receive them) and general website traffic. Some of this is simply more candidates registering after they've been let go but we have noticed an improvement in job postings.

For example, this recruiter saw a 180% increase in website traffic in the months between February and July 2020, the most recent month for which we have data.

There are difficult times ahead for all of us, awkward decisions to be made, perhaps a shift of focus ...but also opportunities.

It's often been said that the best time to launch a business is in a recession. General Motors, Burger King, CNN, Uber and Airbnb all launched in recession and are amongst the dominant players in their sectors. If you can survive the hard times, the good times will be considerably easier.

In our own little world of recruitment website design and build, we see enquiries from recruiters with a few years' experience, ready to start their own operation.

This is a market well suited to our low cost, rapid design and build offering. Our SaaS model (software as a service) gives the advantage of a centrally hosted solution with access to periodic upgrades. All of the power of a full custom build, with a rapid rollout and quicker opportunity for return on investment.

Let us know if we can help.

Harness technology to keep your recruitment business going

By Peter Morrow   March 13, 2020  

With the threat of self-isolation and restricted movement over the coming weeks, there is a considerable threat to a number of businesses and the global economy.

Over the past few weeks, many businesses have been making provisions to run their entire operation remotely so that people can minimise the risk of spreading infection and to protect their entire workforce from being out of action if an entire team contract COVID-19.

Speaking to our recruiter clients, we’re hearing that many roles are being pulled while the businesses are focusing on COVID-19. However, there are certain sectors that are likely to boom (namely healthcare and retail) as the country prepares to care for people struck down by the virus and to need extra resources to keep supplies going for the country.

There are a number of things that you can do as a recruiter to keep your business going during these difficult times and luckily, there is an abundance of technology that can help you to maintain a positive flow of candidates whilst reducing the need for physical contact.  Working away from your usual office doesn’t have to spell disaster for your business - in fact, in 1665 when the University of Cambridge was closed due to the Bubonic plague, so Sir Isaac Newton used the time to develop calculus and the theory of gravity.

If major scientific breakthroughs aren’t your thing, you might want to get your recruitment agency in great shape for when your clients are ready to hire again. Here’s how you can use your FXRecruiter website to do just that! 
Use video job ads to reach more candidates
Video job ads are increasingly popular and are proven to get more engagement, drive more candidates to your site and ultimately, convert registrations.

Take this time to create some brilliant video job ads for use on your website and social media. They’re quick and easy to do on your FXRecruiter website.

We recommend you upload your video job ad to ad-free video platform Vimeo. Unlike other video platforms, you won’t find your competitor’s adverts showing at the end of the video
To add your video job ad, copy the embed code and paste it into your job post.

Encourage candidates to register through the candidate portal
Many recruitment agencies like to meet every candidate for registration, however, you can get all the information that you need by asking your potential candidates to register through the candidate portal, removing the need for face to face meetings. And even better, the candidate can self-serve and use their own social media profiles to populate the information, removing the need for your team to input the information (which guarantees accuracy). Win all round!
Present brilliant candidate CVs to your clients via the Talent Board
Many recruiters like to meet with the hiring manager to review the CVs of the applicants you’ve got for the role. But the brilliant functionality on the FXRecruiter Talent Board means you can send over your best candidates via a branded campaign page. You can either do this for an active role that you’re working on or have it ready to go for when the business is ready to recruit again!

There’s a wealth of other technology options available in the market - check out Odro who provide video interviewing software for recruiters. Many solutions are cloud-based, so as long as you’ve got access to a decent wifi signal, you’ll be able to carry on recruiting or getting your recruitment agency in great shape for when businesses are ready to start recruiting again.

There’s also an opportunity to do some work on your CRM to make sure that all your data is GDPR compliant and you can re-look at your active and passive candidates. You never know, if many candidates are working remotely or in isolation, they may be more accessible via phone so you can do some great relationship building. And if the hiring managers are also based remotely, you’ll find it easier to get them to respond on email and phone - giving you a greater opportunity to find out more about their long-term strategy and hiring plans for the rest of 2020.

Reverse Delta has issued a statement to our customers to reassure them of our business continuity plans - you can take a look here.

If you have any questions about how you can maximise your FXRecruiter website to get more out of your team during a potential agency-closure, get in touch with by calling 08000 199 737 or emailing sales@reversedelta.com

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COVID-19 – our assurance to you

By Dave Haygarth   March 12, 2020  

UPDATE: 20th April 2020
Our thoughts are with those most affected by COVID-19 and the healthcare professionals, carers and other key workers providing the care needed.

At Reverse Delta we too have been doing our part by ensuring the safety of our employees and continuing to provide a service to you allowing you to work remotely; offering your end to end recruitment service.

Since our statement below, before the current UK government lockdown came into force, we wanted to assure you that:

Your service is our primary focus - our own support and maintenance teams and our hosting partners are all running a normal service. 
We are working full time with 100% staff coverage, all enabled for effective and secure home working
We have not, as yet, needed to furlough any staff members 
We have not, as yet, taken any external funding, e.g. Business interruption loans

Looking ahead
We fully expect to weather this crisis, and to be here to support you, our customers, our staff, and their families for years to come.  We appreciate your ongoing support and custom during these uncertain times.

Thank you so much for entrusting your recruitment website to Reverse Delta. We take this responsibility very seriously and want to deliver on our promise to you every day.

With the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the impact the virus is having on you, your clients, your employees and families, we would like to share our position on our ongoing commitment to you and reassure you.
Availability of our team
Reverse Delta is a UK based company with employees who are set up with robust procedures and systems to work remotely as well as in their normal offices. When we recruit our staff, all of our employees are equipped to seamlessly connect with our colleagues and our clients, regardless of location, on tried and tested cloud-based systems in a secure environment. We feel confident in our continued ability to serve your business as usual, regardless of how any future development of the COVID-19 virus could affect our physical work locations.
Availability of FXRecruiter
Our FXRecruiter platform is hosted by partners who have fully audited business continuity and backup plans in place, and we are in contact with them on a regular basis as this global virus develops and spreads. As governments need to adapt any plans for movement of people, we have satisfied ourselves that the action plans are thorough for our hosting partners. We only partner with only the most sophisticated, enterprise-grade, hosting experts, who are themselves  ahead of the curve in best-practices during this outbreak.

Whilst COVID-19 remains a huge concern for all of us, we want to reassure you that your website and service remains our highest priority, and we will be on hand to deal with any questions or concerns you may have about the service we provide.

As a technology provider, we are proud to provide hundreds of recruitment websites on our FXRecruiter platform, seeing tens of thousands of candidate applications per year on our secure and trusted software. On top of that, we provide support and the expertise of our team to be on hand if you have any doubts or concerns about the service. Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, we fully expect to continue to deliver the same level of service to our customers and have measures in place to ensure this.

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Why content marketing makes your sales process more effective

By Rachel Allen   March 9, 2020  

As SEO continues to evolve, it’s clear that content marketing is absolutely critical for any recruitment agency that wants to perform well on Google (which is basically everyone).  Content for your website is something that we talk about a lot at Reverse Delta and we’ve built the FXRecruiter platform to make sure that the “technical side” of SEO is all built in to the system (so that your keywords are optimised to drive your audience to your website). Content marketing is also a brilliant way to engage your ideal client so that they get to know, like and trust your recruitment agency. So, what is content marketing and why should it be a major part of your 2020 marketing strategy?

Reverse Delta has recently appointed Rachel Allen as a content and social media specialist. Rachel now writes the Reverse Delta blog and wants to explain more about content marketing and how it can work for recruiters.

“A content strategy is vital for every business in 2020. The ultimate objective is to drive revenue, but it’s a great way to get people into your sales funnel, so that you are ready to build a relationship with them until they are ready to buy from you.”
What does content marketing look like?

A simple blog post or news item on your website.
A case study or testimonial from one of your clients.
Gated content such as a white paper or ebook that people can access by providing their email address. This is a great way to begin to nurture leads.
Videos and podcasts are brilliant content if you’re feeling confident and can be used to generate lots more content.

You can use social media – both paid for and regular posts – to drive people to your website, where they can view your content.  This is the aim of the game for content marketing - to give people a reason to visit your website. It’s really important that you set up your website for conversion too - you want people to take some action on your site. We cover that later in this blog post.
How do you know what content to put on your recruitment agency website?
Adding value is the single most important element of a content strategy. You want your prospects to get to know, like and trust you.  Content marketing isn’t selling. It’s about showing that you understand the prospect’s problem and demonstrating solutions to that problem. Some of the solutions might not even be something that you offer, but if a prospect implements a piece of your advice, and it works, then they will trust that you are an expert in your field when you start to have a conversation about buying a product or service.
How can you make sure your content marketing strategy is effective?

Plan your approach - or you’ll miss opportunities to engage with your target customer
Listen - check out what goes on in your sector but add your own take on your content
Engage - content marketing is about two-way communication so make sure there’s an opportunity to discuss your content
Deliver - promote your content through social media and other blogs
Review - check your stats in your recruitment agency website CMS, Google Analytics and applicant tracking system (ATS)

Examples of brilliant content marketing
Workforce – a blue collar recruiter in the West Midlands created this video and wrote this blog about a very important issue in their sector

Ascendant Recruitment – a Buckinghamshire based recruiter of sales and admin staff, who regularly engage their candidates on clients through their blog and social media.

Birchbox – these guys (sorry not recruitment) do a brilliant job of sharing great advice and guidance through their blog, all the time driving people to their site from a range of social media content

HelloFresh – a ruthlessly ambitious start-up, these guys create their own content but also focus on creating user-generated content which proves to be very effective in this competitive space.
How can an FXRecruiter website support your content marketing strategy?
There are some brilliant features in your FXRecruiter website - so there’s loads of opportunities to deliver valuable content for your audience just by maximising tools that you’ve already got:

Content Management System (CMS) - you can easily add blog posts, video blogs, insight articles and news posts which will be packed full of relevant, recruitment sector keywords. FXRecruiter will make sure its all "SEO compliant" in terms of URL's, titles, page structures etc
Campaign pages - with the CMS, you can easily build campaign pages to support any campaigns you are running
Video job ads - these make for brilliant content for your website and can be easily shared on your social media
Meet the team and consultant profiles - an excellent part of your FXRecruiter website, these areas help clients and candidates see who they will be dealing with and are really popular on social media too!
Client microsites - this extra feature is very popular if you recruit for a particular client. You can build a microsite to support your client’s recruitment process, providing specific information relating to their company, culture and values.
Talent board - you can share (anonymously) lots of information about the brilliant candidates that you’ve got on your books - again great content for your website which will perform brilliantly on Google.

If you want more information about how content marketing can support your sales process, please get in touch with Rachel Allen on rachel.allen@reversedelta.co.uk or you can speak to Reverse Delta’s Commercial Director, Peter Morrow to discuss how you can add some extra features on to your current recruitment agency website on (0)8000 199 737 or by email - peter.morrow@reversedelta.co.uk

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Maximising your website for a fully inclusive user experience

By Peter Morrow   March 9, 2020  

The subject of inclusivity in recruitment has been around for a while and I think it’s here to stay (and so it should be). What should be the driving force behind this - is it because, in the current market, many sectors are seeing a real shortage of candidates? Or, as a society, should we all do a little bit more to make sure the 1 in 5 members of the working population* that have a disability are given the same opportunities to have a great career?

The disability employment gap (the gap between the number of disabled and non-disabled people in employment)* has remained at 30% for the last decade, but at Reverse Delta, we think that there are some great features that are already built into our FXRecruiter websites that will help you to improve your recruitment agency website experience for people with disabilities.  These statistics from the 2017 RIDI candidate survey of 200 disabled jobseekers showed:

75% of the disabled jobseekers surveyed find their condition has an impact on job hunting
54% find hurdles at multiple stages of the recruitment process
28% find online assessments challenging

What are the most common forms of disability that impact people’s ability to get a job?

Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
Visual impairments including colour blindness
Mobility and physical impairments
Autism and ADHD

(This list is a guide - it is not an exhaustive list.)
How can you design your website for accessibility? 
All FXRecruiter websites are designed with accessibility in mind. Our Design Director, Phil Heaton always focuses on the following aspects when designing websites for recruitment agencies:

Clarity and simplicity

Lots of clear space in between the content and the buttons and making sure that the contrast between the brand colours is sympathetic to people with visual impairments

Text size

We always optimise text size to suit people with visual impairments and would recommend that your text line length is a maximum of 15 words.

Button sizes

Making sure these are at the right size and displayed at appropriate places throughout the website

Open menus

Need to be easily navigable to make sure that the user gets a complete experience on the website

Page sections

The site needs to be designed so that all content is clear to view and easy for the user to get around.
How should you code a recruitment agency website for accessibility?
We code FXRecruiter websites so that screen-readers can make sense of it - and ordering items on the page. We try to minimise animations such as ‘intros’ and Parallax as these can cause reactions (nausea/seizures). Our CMS also allows you to use Alt text for images.

Other things that we try to avoid - jump scrolling and we minimise the use of animations.
What can you do to make sure your content supports the user's accessibility needs?
Always make sure that your content can be read by a browser/computer. Some useful things to avoid include PDFs (or make sure you provide a web-page alternative), image-based text, icons that do not include text descriptions and anything that might cause a seizure such as a video that flashes or an animation.

Not only is there a huge amount of opportunity for recruiters to access the disability market in times of candidate shortages, we simply feel that it’s important to create a level playing field so that everybody has the same opportunity to have a rewarding career. Reverse Delta will be working more with Recite Me, which is an assistive technology that supports recruiters with the online recruitment journey from discovery and attraction to application and onboarding.

*The stats are taken from We are Purple, an organisation dedicated to changing the conversation on disability by bringing disabled people and businesses together. Check out this brilliant article, which has more hints and tips about how you can improve your recruitment processes for people with disabilities. https://wearepurple.org.uk/creating-an-inclusive-and-accessible-recruitment-process/

For further reading, check out The WebAIM Million study which showed that almost 98% of 1 million website homepages failed to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

To find out more about Accessibility with an FXRecruiter website, contact our commercial director Peter Morrow on 08000 199737 or peter.morrow@reversedelta.com.

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Great SEO tips for your website content

By Rachel Allen   March 4, 2020  

Today is National Grammar Day - a day that was set up in 2008 to recognise that good grammar is a key part of celebrating languages. We thought we’d use this theme for our blog today to talk about the importance of good grammar in your website content and how it can support Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

With Google making changes to their Algorithms constantly, it’s hard to keep up, however many articles talk about four key principles to making sure you’re doing your best in the SEO race:

Content & Quality
Expertise
Presentation & Production
Competitive Comparison

Given that top of the list is content and quality, we think it’s only right to feature our best tips for SEO on your recruitment agency website! 
What keywords & key phrases should I use for my recruitment agency website?
Whenever you’re writing content for your website (such as job ads or on your blog), your keywords should be your first priority. Review them regularly, particularly if your business is evolving and you’re moving into new sectors. Here are some top tips:

Make sure your landing page content is 200 words
For a blog article, make sure it’s over 300 words. If you’ve got a detailed article, split it out into themes to get more value from a single piece
Job descriptions can be between 500-2000 words. Make sure they are relevant and concise - this will increase applications by up to a third!

What length should my page titles be?
Only the first 60 characters will count when your pages are being scanned, so keeping to 60 or under will be better for your click through rate!

For example, if you’re a recruitment agency with a job board, don’t use the title ‘Jobs’ for all of your jobs pages. Make all of your jobs in your database have their own page, and make those pages have their own (keyword rich) title.

“Permanent Graphic Designer vacancy in Wandsworth, London” is full to bursting point with keywords, makes good sense and is only 56 characters or 50 not counting the spaces. Don’t necessarily waste this title space using non-keywords such as your company name (unless of course it is a brand name that people are searching for), or common web words like ‘About’. Use things like “About our Design Jobs”.
How can I use headings in my website content? 
Using headings or sub headers above each paragraph (using h1, h2, h3) help to define a  page’s content to a search engine, so they’re of much more search engine value than the body of your text. 
Should I keep my website content simple? 
Going back to the four key principles above, it’s important to make sure that your content is well written, original and will add value when compared to your competitors. So, it’s worth investing the time in this area - here are some top tips to improve the quality of your website content:

Keep your sentences short
Use active verbs – not terms like “two designers were recruited” – just things like “we recruited two designers”
Go easy on the jargon – keep it full of your keywords, but don’t make things too difficult for the reader
Bullet points and using headings are a good way for people to scan read through your article
Write in the first person – use ‘we’ and ‘you’ – not ‘our customers’ or ‘the company’
Google can read hyphens but not underscores
Don’t worry too much about how the search engines read plurals. They don’t. They see “Job” to be pretty much the same as “Jobs”

For more information about writing simple, but effective web copy to help your SEO, check out the free guides from The Plain English campaign.

For more details about writing website content to help your website’s SEO, get in touch with our commercial director Peter Morrow at sales@reversedelta.com or call +44 (0)8000 199 737 for a copy.