Category: Recruitment and job boards

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Simplify managing multiple brands with FXRecruiter

By Peter Morrow   May 17, 2021  

The modern recruitment industry values specialisation — an in-the-know recruiter who can look under the hood of a given industry and quickly spot the growth areas, target candidates with the right skills and connect them to clients looking to find the best talent out there.

But what if your recruitment business has multiple specialisations, each with its own website, branding and talent pools? Managing and collaborating across these multiple brands can be a costly and time-consuming process. Multiple website domains, each with its own host of add-ons. Multiple password logins, at least one of which you’ve misplaced in a drawer somewhere. Multiple responsibilities across the sites, many of which are duplicated.

FXRecruiter is the solution for those with multiple websites. Our all-in-one integrated recruitment platform for the modern recruitment company allows the scalability and flexibility you need to effectively run and manage multiple recruitment brands, each with its own specialists, each with its own pools of candidates.
A few key points as to how FXRecruiter can help:
1)  Multiple websites on a single content management system

Enjoy the benefits of being able to set up multiple websites, sorting them by specialism, sector, region or job title. Everything is connected to the same back-end system, simplifying your workflow. You can even limit users’ access rights, so the right people only get to see or manage the right content.

2)  Good for SEO

Specialist websites perform better on Google for their particular audiences, as the search engine’s algorithms can more readily parse what your site is ‘about’, and thus link you to the correct audiences.

3)  Cost-effective

Hosting multiple websites through one back-end is much cheaper than hosting multiple domains. ATS, CRM and Multi-poster integrations will be simpler to include, aiding cost-effectiveness.

4)  Domain hosting options

FXRecruiter allows you to choose whether to host multiple sites on sub-domains (site1.domain.com) or sub-folders (domain.com/site1). If you’re unsure as to what that means, it’s essentially the difference between your sites being treated as a number of branches emanating from the same root, or a cluster of trees sat nearby. Read more here.

5)  Security

FXRecruiter is exceptionally safe, and having a single, user-authenticated login will make sure your business remains safe.

6)  Shareability

FXRecruiter makes it easy to share content across multiple sites, whether that’s your scorching hot new blog, company news or a fantastic new job opening. That’s less time spent copy-pasting across multiple domains too — similar to how FXRecruiter can also automatically post your new jobs across multiple jobs sites. This also makes it easier to keep track of essential pages like the Contact Form, T&Cs, and so on.

On top of all this, FXRecruiter is continuously updated and improved upon for peak performance, with regular new features.

Bringing the FXRecruiter platform into your recruitment business gives you the opportunity to expand and push your brand (or brands) into new territories. Whether that’s a specialist sector you want to improve in or a region where you’d like to increase your industry-leading position, we can help you find the solutions.

Get in touch with us here.

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Activate your passive job seekers with candidate follow-up emails

By Peter Morrow   April 16, 2021  

Every recruiter has a mixture of active and passive job seekers in their candidate pool. Engaging with active job seekers is, by and large, not too difficult. As long as they are kept up to date with relevant new opportunities — often via notifications, updates and emails, they will engage with your services. You both intrinsically have something of value to offer each other.

But passive job seekers are a different prospect, with a wide variety of reasons as to why they are passive. They may be perfectly happy with their current job but would jump at the right opportunity should it appear. They may have signed up with your recruitment business during a period of active job-seeking but have now slipped into passive status. Maybe it’s something more mundane. Maybe they signed up to your recruitment site but never got around to uploading a CV.

Bringing these passive job seekers into your active talent pool can be a huge boost to your business — if you’re only bringing in regular active seekers to your clients, you could be missing out on a large segment of your talent pool’s potential.

Engaging with these passive seekers requires a degree of personalisation. For the most part, their reasons for being passive will be about them personally, not the job itself. Understanding this is key to engaging with them. But it’s no secret that many employers love passive candidates, even though this approach has come under scrutiny in the past. Passive candidates are more likely to be currently employed, and therefore already providing value to their current employer.

Using your recruitment website to your advantage is the next step in engaging the ‘passives’. The talent pool that exists in your database is one of your primary sources of value as a recruiter – but it needs to be actively engaged in job opportunities for you to win more business and grow.

This is where FXRecruiter comes in. Our bespoke recruitment website building platform now allows you to send automated follow-up emails to dormant candidates who haven’t interacted with your services for some time.

The feature allows you to set the type of reminder, its frequency, and how many times it will resend. You can send various types of email too, ranging from basic reminders for registrants who never set up an email alert or never uploaded a CV, to personalised emails to candidates who have signed up and completed their profile but never applied — or those who have not logged in for a certain number of months.

Of course, these follow-up emails may be automated, but the opportunity for personalisation is still there in the content-management system, where the personal touch can be added to all of your emails. Remember to think about email frequency and the number of repeats when setting up automated follow-ups. It is one thing to ‘nudge’ a candidate into action, it is another to overload them with emails to the point where they lose trust in you and hit the ‘unsubscribe’ button. As with everything, there’s a balance to be found — but get it right and you can expect more applications, more placements, and a greater chance of your client finding the ideal employee! With great power comes great responsibility!

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

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One key tip to get more clicks on your job postings: include salary data!

By Peter Morrow   April 16, 2021  

Let’s imagine that you, the reader, are searching for a new job. You find a position at what looks to be a great company that ticks all the boxes you’re looking for. You have all the experience required for the role and to top it all off it looks like the sort of place where you could really thrive and expand on your skillset.

You brush up your CV, proofread your cover letter and you excitedly hit apply. A few days later, a recruiter or hiring manager comes back to you and a conversation starts, and all seems to be going well. Then the recruiter mentions the salary, which was not listed in the job description — and it’s £5,000 per year less than what you already make. It doesn’t bode well and for the serious job seeker, it’s a red flag. Conversation over.

That’s why providing a salary guide is essential to a successful recruitment drive. The salary alone is a big part of why any candidate applies for any position. When discussing a new hire, many clients will focus on the profile of their ideal candidate, with a list of skills and talent that they would like to see from said candidate. In some cases, the conceptualisation of what that ideal candidate might want in return can be lacking — even in a troubled economic market like the one we’re currently experiencing, high-quality talented employees will always have leverage when it comes to negotiations.

Encourage your clients to include a salary guide, even if it is not set in stone for them just yet; a salary guide will go a long way to satisfying the curiosity of said high-quality candidates. Adverts with a salary guide will encourage more applications – and better ones too. A high-quality candidate who is out of reach, pay-wise, won’t have wasted their time on a conversation that ends when the salary question is brought up (which in turns leaves them with a bad impression for the future!).

There are, of course, legitimate reasons why an employer might want to leave a salary guide out of a job description. Some employers believe that it cuts out salary-chasers by focusing the search on those who are explicitly interested in the job. Others believe it lessens the risk of tensions arising between existing employees and the incoming hire. These are valid concerns.

But a job description is ultimately about getting the right type of candidate to apply. A salary guide encourages those who fit the pay grade and are more likely to perform at the level expected, whereas the words ‘DOE’ (Dependent on Experience) and ‘salary negotiable’ won’t work on such candidates. Not only that, but you should consider what other types of benefits the client can offer. Benefits, location, contract type (permanent, part-time, temp, interim), development and career progression opportunities — these are all essential ingredients to finding the right candidate. The more boxes of theirs you tick, the more of yours they are likely to tick.

Our FXRecruiter platform can be hugely helpful in building a job description that job seekers will click on, by making it easy to configure a description to include all the relevant details. Find out more here.

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

By Peter Morrow   March 8, 2021  

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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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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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.

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

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Google is stealing your data! But here’s what you can do about it

By Dave Haygarth   February 25, 2020  

There’s no doubt about it, data is one of the most valuable commodities in the world - the Economist announced in 2017 that it is now more valuable than oil.  And who is dealing with the largest amount of data in the world - yes, search engine giant Google.

Google is fully in our lives now - according to Hubspot, over 92% of searches are conducted on Google.  Google is built on all Android operating systems and we think that Google Assist will continue its massive growth and be huge. Google is here and it’s here to stay.  We wanted to talk a bit more about Google for Jobs and what it means for recruiters.

Reverse Delta’s Operations Director, Dave Haygarth gives his thoughts in this blog post about the opportunity Google for Jobs will provide for recruiters and what the implications are for the wider industry.
So, what does this mean for recruiters?
Like it or not, this is how things are going for jobs now. There’s not a lot we can do about the big blue box coming up when we search for things. It’s happening in a range of industries though, such as retail, airlines, hotels.  It’s not personal to recruitment, Google is simply capitalising on the worth of people’s data. We may not like it, so we just need to play along or you won’t be able to play at all!
Will you still need a recruitment agency website?
Absolutely? As a recruiter, you will need to be able to receive the application and manage the candidate through the recruitment process. Your recruitment agency website is so much more than a repository for promoting jobs.

Plus, in order to put your job visible in Google for Jobs, you need to post it on a website first. Luckily, Reverse Delta’s award winning website design platform, FXRecruiter, automatically makes your jobs visible in Google for Jobs, so it’s one less thing to worry about - write a brilliant job description on your recruitment agency website and it’ll look (and work) great on Google…and if you don’t put the jobs on your recruitment agency website, your competitors will be doing and they will get all the applications, not you!
Will Google disrupt the recruitment industry?
Well, it is a case of wait and see, but my theory is that the job boards are more likely to be under a bigger threat. We know that sites like CV Library have done a massive project to analyse the data they currently have so that they can put more sophisticated algorithms together that follow people through a logical career journey, so fingers crossed, this investment and superior logic applied within a niche will ensure their success continues and competition remains in the marketplace.

There is also a potential threat to LinkedIn, although the social networking tools that they have developed should mean their user-base will remain loyal.  It’s unlikely that Google will go back in this direction after their well-documented attempts to grow a social network through the ill-fated Google Plus. But, what they did (and continue to do) by integrating search into our lives so easily, is actually going to give them much better results than another social platform. 
Where will job-seekers apply for roles in the future?
Moving forward, Google for Jobs is a transition piece right now. In a dystopian future, it’s feasible that you (the recruiter) may not control where people apply. Google could develop an “Apply on Google” option which will keep people on Google, and their data would sit outside of your website.  Gone are their chances to visit your site and follow your own carefully crafted calls to action - to make the candidate yours and bring them into your brand and experience.

This could mean that retaining the user on Google will ultimately be the name of the game (for Google).  However, if your agency has a good reputation, I would hazard a more optimistic guess that most candidates would opt to apply for a role via your website, rather than Google.  Given the growing concerns about how voice assistants are listening and stealing our data, this is a real opportunity to show that your recruitment agency is a better place to apply for a job and to get that more personal touch - your expertise.
How does my FXRecruiter website work with Google for Jobs?
When you post a job to your recruitment agency website using FXRecruiter, they will automatically be as Google-friendly as possible (they are built with Google for Jobs schema microformat if you REALLY want to know).

Given our extensive SEO knowledge which is baked into FXRecruiter, you can be assured that job titles and keywords are placed in to our code exactly where Google is looking for them.  Plus, the built-in jobs archive provides a massive “vault” of previous roles which will help you to perform well in Google. Basically, an expired job may come up in a search, but the candidate will be automatically directed to a similar role that is still live.  
Is there anything else my recruitment agency website can do to help me get results?
I’d definitely recommend making sure your sitemap is up to date as this tells Google all about your website, so that it’s easy for the robots to crawl through your site and rank it.

And, there is so much data that you can get from Google so make sure you’re checking out your stats. Google’s Search Console will help you to track the amount of clicks and views your postings are getting and make sure it’s running correctly!

If you want more information about the brilliant SEO capabilities in the FXRecruiter platform, get in touch with one of our SEO tech experts on 08000 199737 or sales@reversedelta.com.