Tag Archives: Employers

Regret Email Options in your ATS

One feature to boost your employer brand

One simple applicant tracking software feature plays a big role in how you are perceived as an employer: the regret letter. Receiving timely feedback and information from an employer, whether good or bad, is always better than silence. Studies have shown that a job seekers single biggest frustration is a lack of feedback from employers.

There are a few options an ATS can offer which make communicating with candidates simple and painless. Different hiring patterns make certain options better suited to your company. Continue reading Regret Email Options in your ATS

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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The Flexible Workplace [Infographic]

Flexible work leads to higher productivity, lower stress and an expanded talent pool among other benefits.  It’s no wonder that more companies are embracing  flexibility and changing the definition of today’s workplace.

Have a look at this infographic from TechnologyAdvice for insight into what types of flexible work exist, why people want greater flexibility and why 9-5 will be a thing of the past.

 

5 Easy Ways to be an Attractive Employer

1. Be transparent about your hiring process

A very simple addition to the job posting is to add some details about the hiring process. When can applicants expect to hear back? When is the job expected to be filled by? These details help you appear organized and transparent, as well as understanding of applicants’ concerns. Even a rough timeline is better than leaving applicants completely in the dark.

2. List the company benefits & perks

Another quick few sentences in the job description will immediately boost your appeal as an employer. A list of the perks of working at a company is surprisingly rare to find in job postings, and give insight and encouragement to apply. If there is a full health or benefits package, this is an easy task, but even if there are no formal benefits, every company has its perks.

Consider listing items like flexible hours, dog-friendly days, bagel Wednesdays, drinks fridge or free coffee. It’s often the small details that give a company personality and make it more appealing.

3. Have an easy application process

No matter how wonderful your benefits are, any applicant will start to hate a company after spending over half an hour applying to a single job. Lengthy screening questions, personality tests, generic or unrelated questions and asking for too much information as part of the application process is a sure-fire way to lose applicants.

Instead, consider what information is most useful and pertinent to the role to initially screen applicants, and focus on that. Do you really need a list of references or why a candidate left their last 3 jobs to determine whether to phone-screen them? No.

4. Reply to all job applicants

This is one of the easiest ways to stand out above other employers: a simple rejection letter. Job applicants of all levels hate not knowing if they got the job or not. Should they hold on hope, for how long? Or should they just move forward? Sending a quick rejection email notifying applicants that you’ve moved on with other candidates is a nice courtesy, and one that leaves recipients with a good impression of you as an employer.

Set up an email template in your online system for this purpose, so it doesn’t have to be a chore.

5. Make your office space friendly

The interview stage is an opportunity for candidates to get an idea of your company culture and what it’s like to work there. Take a moment and pretend you are looking at your office for the first time. How welcoming and friendly is the atmosphere? Some items you may not have much control over (the lighting, the furniture, the cubicles), but some small, inexpensive changes can make a big difference. Consider adding plants and hanging or updating artwork. Here at HireGround we have a couple of walls covered in whiteboard paint: writing on walls is useful, colourful and fun.

Take a look at how this company decorated their walls with sticky notes.

Instead of quickly ushering interviewees into a closed room, take the ‘scenic route’ or give a quick tour of the space. Another nice touch is to introduce one or two key employees.

What are you doing to show you’re a great employer?

Don’t ignore the brown squirrels

I’ve recently read two articles that focus on how employers say they’re having a hard time filling their open positions, yet it turns out they are dismissing qualified candidates. In an Inc.com article, “Is there Really a Skills Gap?” Cait Murphy writes,

Simply put, employers pile on so many requirements that finding a match is like hunting for a white elephant: They do exist but are vanishingly rare… if they don’t find the white elephant, they will keep hunting–even though there are willing elephants ready to do the job.”

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