Category: Reverse Delta’s Blog

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Is my site equipped for the latest Google algorithm update?

By Steve Riley   June 18, 2021  

These updates happen frequently and clients are sometimes spooked by news reports (often fueled by SEO agencies promoting their services). The inner workings of algorithm changes are a closely guarded secret but Google themselves will often give guidance on key changes (detailed changes can be inferred from changes in results pattern after the fact, but not normally before).

This update is a significant one, the first core update for over 6 months nearly. Google has stated the current update is a gradual rollout starting this month. We don’t expect to see much volatility or fluctuations in SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) in the short term.

The update is centered around 'page experience' and includes three new metrics (often referred to as Core Web Vitals). These are visible in the site Search Console if you wanted to take a look, and cover things like page load and stability – 'usability' factors.

Our normal guidance is 'don't panic'. There should be nothing that you need to do yourself to the site immediately. We're keenly watching the updates but in terms of the site coding, the site should be equipped to handle any upcoming changes.
What should I do?
Keep feeding the site with quality content and jobs when you can. In terms of the details of the algorithm changes, none of us knows, focus on the things that you can control - content. The data is all exposed in terms of 'under the hood'. Ask yourself the question "if it wasn't my site, would there be enough there to keep me coming back?" If not, think about refreshing the content.

Google wrote a recent blog post alongside a core update to explain how and why it makes these changes to search. Google said it “receives billions of queries every day from countries around the world in 150 languages.” It has to improve to stay competitive and serve its user base. “Delivering great results at this type of scale and complexity requires many different systems, and we’re always looking for ways to improve these systems so we can display the most useful results possible.” Change is to be expected, rather than feared. If you're doing a good job, with a steady flow of news, jobs and opinion pieces, Google will normally recognise that.
What next?
As usual, we're keeping an eye on such roll outs. They're common, and whilst we're not resting on our laurels, we will be keen to see how any changes impact the wider web in general and our clients in particular. More here from the Google blog.

Get in touch with us to find out more about FXRecruiter here.

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Why Your Recruitment Agency Needs a Marketing Strategy

By Peter Morrow   June 18, 2021  

To gain access to the best talent on the market, recruiters need to do more than just advertise on the major job boards. Recruiters need to market their agency to two groups: clients and candidates. With our tips on how to build a great marketing strategy, we help you gain a competitive advantage that rewards your bottom line. 
Identify your business goals 
What makes your agency unique? Your unique selling point (USP) needs to differentiate your agency from your competition but being different is not enough — you need to show how you are unique in an area your target audience cares about.

Knowing your USP is key to getting your marketing strategy right and it should focus on your messaging, branding, copywriting, and all other marketing decisions. Branding is a key component of your USP and Reverse Delta, a Recruitics company can help with your branding including your agency’s logo design. 
Create or update your recruitment website 
Your website should showcase your agency and explain to potential clients and potential candidates why they should use your services. Give users a flavour for your agency with a ‘meet the team’ page and make it easy for them to partner with you by including a ‘contact us’ page with up-to-date contact information. There is, of course, an important marketing and brand message to be delivered to existing clients and existing candidates. You have a voice with these groups, too. They came to you and there is a level of trust and belief in your team.  Keep it that way with regular content updates - to both audiences.

Your website also needs to provide an opportunity for clients to advertise jobs and more jobs means more candidates! You should also include content for candidates looking for their next role or career move and job pages with tailored content. Your job search function needs to include the ability to sort through positions by a number of categories, including salary and location.

Reverse Delta’s FXRecruiter recruitment website platform is designed to help you manage your content and make changes whenever you want. With this tool, you can avoid having to contact your website provider to make changes such as adding, deleting, or editing text, images, photos, or pages. 
Make connections 
In terms of marketing, social media is a great tool, and your website should include a blog and news function with the ability to share content directly to social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Blogs not only help you drive traffic to your website but allow you an opportunity to show off your agency! You should also reconnect with any past business relationships to get the word out about your services as well as make use of networking events to build your contact book. 
Stand out with a Reverse Delta-designed recruitment website 
Reverse Delta’s end-to-end services can help your recruitment agency thrive. We specialise in recruitment websites and digital marketing and we can take care of all of your recruitment website needs — from branding to building you a high performance, mobile-first website with our FXRecruiter platform. We understand your website needs to be as unique as your business and our approach combines technology with the flexibility to build a website that meets your needs.

To find out more about our services or to get in touch, visit our website here.

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Jobs recovery post-lockdown

By Peter Morrow   April 29, 2021  

As the UK eases out of lockdown for hopefully the last time, job searches and active candidates are set to increase. Businesses are also looking to take the initiative and flourish in this brave new world. As a recruiter, what role do you have to play in this story?

COVID-19 numbers have been trending downwards and the economy is set to gradually reopen. Many have felt the pinch in the last year. The Office For National Statistics reports that some five million people are still on furlough, whilst 4.9% of the country are currently unemployed.

Under-35s have felt the brunt of this change, making up 80% of the 800,000+ payroll jobs lost between December and February. There are 311,000 more people unemployed than a year ago. But with England aiming to lift all restrictions on social contact after June 21st, the full reopening of the jobs market is set to follow.

But how actively are candidates searching for jobs? Using Google Trends, we can see an overall gradual decrease in searches for the word ‘jobs’ in the UK since a peak across 2011-2013. It’s worth noting that a decreasing interest in the searches coincides with an increase in the use of popular jobs sites such as LinkedIn and Indeed.com, with job seekers becoming increasingly familiar with the how-to of looking for jobs online.

With that said, the current trends are looking up — since January 2021. The graph compares 2020 Q4 with 2021 Q1 data from Google searches for the word ‘Jobs’ and shows a month-on-month increase in searches for the term ‘jobs’. The drop at the end of March reflects the usual drop in searches leading up to Easter. Our own client data confirms the same for Q1 of this year, with April’s data set to match this growth. We’re seeing more site visitors, as well as upticks in job description views, registrations and applications.

Candidates are hungry for the next step in their careers. It’s your job as recruiters to help them make that step.

 
When the bounceback begins how can you make the most of a recovering employment market?
1) Solve a problem for someone
When your clients come to you looking to recruit, listen keenly to the problems they’re facing. Your relationship with clients is based on your strengths as a recruiter – the knowledge you have that no other recruiter can match.

Identifying the problems you’re able to solve for your clients will put you in a brilliant position to exceed expectations!

With this competitive advantage in mind,

does your website reflect your market knowledge? 
are your marketing materials clearly stating your message

2) Refresh and re-energise your job adverts
It’s one of the hardest parts of recruiting – to keep finding fresh ways to write a job description! Never skimp on this – candidates can spot a cut and pasted client job description a mile off.

Look at keyword results in search engines — would a tweak here and there bring you that much more traffic? 
Share best practices across your team
Would 1-to-1 training for your consultants produce better results?

3) Review your candidate placement processes
Your clients may well be looking to gain the initiative in the post-lockdown world and being able to place high-quality candidates swiftly will give you a unique advantage.

In a market with plenty of candidates, there will be more good candidates – good people have been laid off through no fault of their own.

Now is the time to take a look at how your own candidate placement pipeline works:

Write out every step you need to take before you successfully place a candidate at your business. 
What steps could be improved?
With more job seekers applying for roles, how do you speed up the process of sifting through the volume and finding the best talent?

Here at Reverse Delta, we’re always on hand to help our clients with timely reviews. Get in touch and we’ll undertake a site review for you, discussing options for improvements that help your business grow — and place you at the cutting edge of recruitment in your sector.

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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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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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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 Candidate 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 Candidate 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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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.
Candidate 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 Reverse Delta’s Commercial Director, Peter Morrow to discuss how you can add some extra features to your current recruitment agency website on (0)8000 199 737 or by email - peter.morrow@reversedelta.co.uk