Love is well and truly in the air at “Reverse Delta HQ,” so we thought we’d embrace Valentine’s Day with a little trip down memory lane and talk about how we first started out as web developers over 18 years ago.
You might not know, but in the early days, Reverse Delta was the web developer for one of the largest dating sites in the country. The work that we did to create highly complex algorithms for the dating sites was actually very similar to the work in creating algorithms for our award-winning recruiter website platform FXRecruiter. Turns out that the techniques to match potential daters and potential candidates with employers can be pretty similar!
So, although we’ve moved on from our early days of dating site development, we thought it would be a bit of fun to pull together a blog which shows the common dating terms for 2020 and how your recruitment agency website can help you to navigate the complex world of both dating and recruitment!
Benching - ‘keeping a potential love interest on the bench, just in case.’
The Jobs Archive function in FXRecruiter keeps candidates ‘on the bench.’ This isn’t as horrible as it sounds from a dating perspective - the Jobs Archive function simply means that older jobs can still remain visible to Google so may come up in a candidate’s Google search, but although they won’t be able to apply, they will be instead alerted to similar roles. So, you’re driving traffic to your website and increasing applications without needing to do much!
Breadcrumbing - ‘keep in occasional contact but with no desire to meet.’
By integrating your recruitment agency website with one of FXRecruiter’s many integrations, you can send any passive candidates updates about your recruitment agency and helpful content such as job search tips or industry/sector news via a blog or newsletter. This way, you’re keeping your pipeline of candidates engaged on the off-chance that the ideal job will come up.
Ghosting/Haunting/Orbiting - ‘ignoring a love interest, continuing to watch them on social media, or interacting with their posts but not engaging in direct communication.’
All of these, from a dating perspective, are very harsh and we’d advise all recruitment agencies to set up a way to make sure you can quickly and effectively thank people for the time in applying for a role and (permissions dependant) ensuring that they know we can keep in touch with them, either via your social media platforms or through email. By engaging with candidates in this way, you’re keeping them active on your database for when the ideal job comes along.
Ghosting candidates is a terrible thing to do, so we make sure our websites are built to provide a brilliant candidate experience. We’ve built in a bunch of features to automate some of this work, so that you are keeping in touch with candidates as much as you can during the application process. Failing to keep your candidates engaged or if they have a bad experience with you is potentially very damaging to your recruitment agency’s reputation.
Cushioning - ‘keeping in touch with a love interest in case of a break-up.’
From a dating perspective, this means keeping in touch with somebody other than your chosen partner ‘just in case’ the relationship ends. Given that a third of new hires leave within six months, it is perhaps worth keeping in touch with the ‘second best’ candidate just in case your placed candidate leaves (you can then re-interview them). Again, use your CRM and social media to keep these candidates engaged by offering them valuable content to help them with their career, so that your agency is front of mind for them.
See also ‘benching’ above - make sure you’ve got decent candidates on the bench and use your digital tools to keep them engaged.
Catfishing - ‘creating a whole new identity in order to start a relationship.’
A good recruiter will be able to spot a dodgy CV a mile off. But, FXRecruiter can help to provide consultants with top-quality profiles because candidates can apply for roles using their social accounts. A LinkedIn profile is likely to be more accurate as it’s visible to all of a candidate's connections, making ‘catfishing’ much harder in recruitment!
So, now you have the number of ways that your recruitment agency website can support the recruitment process using modern-day dating analogies.
In all seriousness, the algorithms that you create for both dating agencies and recruitment agencies have a number of similarities:
The commodity is actually people’s personal data, so it needs to be kept ultra-safe
The search criteria your daters are looking for is similar to recruiters - location, salary, whether they are looking for something ‘permanent or temporary!’
You might look at a particular job advert or dating profile and whilst they might not quite hit the mark, it’s useful to have other suggestions, based on similar data which again, both dating sites and recruitment sites should be able to handle.
If you think Reverse Delta could be your perfect match of recruitment agency website designer, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with one of our recruitment tech experts on 08000 199737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.