18% of Taleo ATS Clients Have Broken Back Button Pages

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Interesting factoid we just found when looking at 363 Taleo clients — when a candidate does a career site job search via the Taleo ATS, then views the job description, and then clicks the back button, there is an error page. Here’s the candidate experience flow 1. Searches for a Job   2. Views Job Description  … Read more »

7 Easy Tips for Writing a More Effective Job Description

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1. Length In our research, the optimal length of a written job description is 550 to 750 words. Many candidates lose interest after that. One exception to this: If your job description copywriting is truly incredible, you can get a quality candidate to read 1,000+ words.   2. Include Brand Names THEY Care About Forget… Read more »

Big Employers Using Maps on Their Job Descriptions

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Job descriptions are evolving and turning into a one-stop shop for candidates; giving them as much information as possible to make the decision to apply or not. A key aspect of any job description/opening is location. We’re not talking about listing the city and state in the job req title, but actually providing a map… Read more »

7 Eye-Catching Recruiting Stats from Silkroad’s 2017 “Sourcing Report”

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There are many valuable sourcing stats and insights in the “Sources of Hire 2017 Report” from applicant tracking system company Silkroad. Here are the top 7 that caught my eye: 46% of employers had difficulty filling jobs in 2016 (up from 32% in 2015) 92% of employers expect an increase in competition for talent this year Employee referrals… Read more »

10 Ideas to Spice Up Boring Job Descriptions

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Your job descriptions don’t have to be boring, text-based pages that reek of the days of dial-up phones and fax machines. Here are a handful of easy ways to spruce up your job descriptions to attract the very best talent.   Maps Adding a map to your job description can be super-effective and easy (leverage… Read more »

5 Ways to Utilize Your Employees On Your Job Ads

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If you are not utilizing employee advocacy on your job descriptions, you are missing an easy opportunity to add social proof (a proven technique at persuasion) to your job openings! A few stats on employee advocacy: “Employees rank as the most trusted influencers when communicating about their company’s engagement and integrity.” (Edelman 2015 Trust Barometer, January 2015)…. Read more »

Google’s New Applicant Tracking System Adds New Clients

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We just saw 2 new companies using the new Google Hire applicant tracking system: Alertus Technologies and College Chefs. This continues the new Google ATS’s growth we wrote about in the Top ATS Annual Report (2017). The Google Hire ATS job listings page at this point is a simple listing of “Current Openings” by department (see below. And… Read more »

10 Examples of the Best Job Ads in 2017

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Here are 10 examples of job ads worth looking at, whether you are revamping your own or just looking for creative job ad ideas. Last year Ongig published 10 Awesome Job Descriptions and we are already seeing many companies (big and small) making vast improvements to their job ads which show you just how fast they are evolving…. Read more »

10 SEO Tips for Writing Job Descriptions

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When you write a job description, you are not just writing it for the candidate, you are also writing it for Google, Bing, Indeed and any other search engine out there who can send traffic to your job pages. Writing for the search engines is a key part of SEO Recruitment (search engine optimization (SEO)…. Read more »

Indeed Interactive 2017 Top Tweets and Insights

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Indeed Interactive 2017, one of the top talent acquisition conferences of the year, just concluded. Here are some top #IndeedInteractive tweets including valuable insight and data on the current outlook of the talent acquisition industry. There’s gold in these, enjoy! Think of candidates as consumers and focus your job postings more on selling them the… Read more »

The Top Applicant Tracking Systems Annual Report (2017)

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Welcome to Ongig’s 2017 Top Applicant Tracking System Annual Report! Here are the main sections of the report and below that is the report itself chock full of ATS data, charts and insights. Enjoy! A list of the top 99 applicant tracking systems by market share as of April 30, 2017 The top ATS systems by volume of job… Read more »

Applicant Tracking System Pricing

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As Elaine Davidson recently shared with us in Ongig’s How to Select a New Applicant Tracking System Guide, she has seen Applicant Tracking System pricing vary from $60,000 (US) to a “multiple six-figure investment” per year. Even startup companies will often spend $10,000+ per year on their ATS system. Here are a few terrific resources we’ve… Read more »

5 Ways to Make 7-Figures as a Talent Acquisition Leader

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VPs of Talent Acquisition can pull down $185K to $300K per year salary, according to Glassdoor and some anecdotal chats with people I know. But I’ve got TA friends who make 7 figures per year (or the annual equivalent over a 5 period (e.g $5 million+ over 5 years). How do they do it? Here… Read more »

5 Easy Ways to Turn Every Employee into a Recruiter

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A core belief of mine, and Ongig’s, is that every employee should be a recruiter. Some of us call this ‘Employee Branding’ and others call it employee advocacy. If you don’t believe in the power of employee branding, check out the 12 Killer Facts on “Employee Branding” article I wrote recently. That’s why in 2010, when… Read more »

Amazon Has $1.2 million in Market Value per Employee to Attract Talent

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Thanks to “Larry the Recruiter” of Management and Capital Partners for pointing out this interesting video from NYU Marketing Professor Scott Galloway.  Amazon is notorious for de-prioritizing profits and instead focusing on growth. Professor Galloway makes the point that Amazon’s sacrifice of profits has boosted its market value so much that Amazon now has 10X the market value… Read more »