One Step to Improve Your Careers Page

As an employer, you want your careers page to create a great candidate experience. This helps to raise a company’s brand awareness and improves public perception. What’s more, almost all candidates would refer others to an organization if they had a positive experience.
A good careers area should be inviting and easy to use, which sounds simple enough. However, when using an ATS, there is one careers page solution which immediately challenges the usability and functionality of your website:  an iframe.
Despite how common it is to find frame-in-frame solutions for any type of website, an iframe is absolutely the worst way to build a careers page.
Some of the issues caused by hosting your ATS in an iframe include:
  • Lack of security
  • Tricky navigation
  • Non-responsive design
  • Bad for SEO
  • No ability to save & share jobs

For a full explanation, check out our white paper, where we cover the negative aspects, and some methods to avoid the issues.

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StartDate ATS Updates 2016

It’s been a busy year so far for the HireGround dev team. We’ve pushed out several exciting changes and feature improvements to the StartDate ATS.

The most noteworthy updates include:

joblist-2016The careers page which shows an employer’s job listings has been given a makeover. It now features a streamlined list of job titles with a brief description. We’ve removed the often lengthy job summary, which  makes the jobs easier to browse. The location, category and industry options remain at the left hand side for easy filtering. Continue reading StartDate ATS Updates 2016

Why the best meetings are 15 minutes long

Meetings, meetings, meetings. They drag on for hours, accomplish little, and take away from your work day. Department meetings, review meetings, weekly meetings, planning meetings, team meetings, project meetings… you are falling asleep already. There’s certainly a case to be made for reducing the number of meetings, but there’s one meeting to consider adding in.

The Daily Stand-Up Meeting

This type of meeting brings a lot of benefits in a very short amount of time. A stand-up meeting is common practice in software development – but there’s no need to limit it to one industry. These types of meetings keep everyone on a team up to date, aware of potential problems or issues they can assist with before they get out of control. These meetings can be held daily, and should last no longer than 15 minutes.

They are called ‘stand-up’ meetings, because everyone should be standing – this helps to keep the meeting short, as well as get people out of their chairs. See, there are even health benefits!

The format of a stand-up meeting is simple: everyone takes their turn to answer three questions.

  1. What did I work on yesterday (or since the last stand-up)?
  2. What am I working on today?
  3. What problems am I facing?

In short, a status update. In this way, managers are kept up to date, fellow team members are aware of what their coworkers are doing, and people are held accountable for the tasks they are doing. If people can’t complete their work due to an issue, others may be able to step in and help solve the problem (after the meeting). Being aware of issues when they come up means they are likely to be resolved sooner, rather than stagnating.

To keep these meetings focused, eliminate any side conversations, and hold off any discussion that doesn’t pertain to everyone until after the meeting is over.

For small companies, everyone can be involved in these types of meetings, but as an organization grows in size, it may be wise to keep it to department, or even project team level only – any more than 15 people and even the fastest meetings will be time consuming.

HireGround has been using stand-up meetings for many years, and we find it a perfect amount of time to connect the ‘business’ and ‘development’ side of the office, keep tasks moving forward, and help identify and solve problems.

With these 15 minute meetings, there is less time spent during the day trying to track down an answer to a question, and a greater understanding of how current projects are progressing without the need for more formal meetings.

I encourage you to give them a try!

Don’t forget these 5 questions when buying an ATS

1. How is the software provider staying on top of technology trends and software updates?

What you are looking to avoid here are the companies who have made a lot of cosmetic enhancements (clean & modern interface, works on mobile), but have neglected to update the base code which is responsible for all the functions the system performs. Old code leads to security vulnerabilities, system malfunctions and is slow to make changes or customize.

2. What is the minimum amount of information needed to apply?

Can people apply without an email address? Or without a resume?
Consider your target candidate demographic and how they tend to apply. Does your application process make it easy for them? Consider lack of access to the internet, not having a reliable phone, or simply not being tech savvy. All types of people need jobs, and an online process shouldn’t be prohibitive to your applicants.

3. If you leave their system, does the provider give you your data?

You should own the data that is entered into your system, and have access to it when your contract ends. Your provider should be able to extract the data into a usable file (ex. csv).

4. What about hidden fees?

Consider implementation, training, custom configuration or providing you data at the end of a contract.
Some of those fees may be perfectly reasonable, but it’s always best to know about them in advance! Take into account all fees when comparing systems, not just the base cost. Some providers include unlimited licenses under one price, while others may charge for every license, or for add-on features.

5. Is there a dedicated account manager to provide support for your company’s users?

An account manager can get to know you and how your organization uses the system. They will provide one-on-one support, or suggest ways to better use the system for your process. Building a small relationship with your software provider means you get the best support, and your requirements and suggestions are given more importance as software improvements.

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6 Reasons your Resume is Hitting the Trash

You’ve sent in hundreds of applications, but keep getting rejection emails or no response at all. You just need to get to the interview stage, but your resume is holding you back. Time to take a look at 6 common reasons resumes are quickly rejected:

1. Spelling or grammar mistakes

This is red flag #1, any spelling errors or poor grammar (for jobs which require good communication skills, or attention to detail) will get you a quick rejection. Hiring managers looking for a quick way to reduce the number of applications they need to consider will use a spelling mistake as a reason to reject someone.

The fix:
You need to show attention to detail for pretty much every job out there, so there’s no excuse for mistakes on something as important as your resume. Look over it carefully yourself, read it backwards, and give it to a friend to proofread. Continue reading 6 Reasons your Resume is Hitting the Trash