How To Eliminate A Negative Candidate Experience On Your Job Descriptions

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Softwareadvice.com ran a survey of around 300 job seekers to figure out the top pain points of the online job application process. There was a section about job descriptions and what candidates felt were most negative about them:   Here’s how you can alleviate these pain points: Problem: Job Description lacks detail. Detail is key… Read more »

5 Mistakes Your Job Search Page Might Make to Damage Your Brand

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Your company career site job search page is a vital component of the candidate experience. However, many job search pages make some common mistakes. I ran across one employer recently, Ideal Industries, whose job search page had 5 things they could fix to improve candidate experience (and increase pipeline/traffic). I don’t mean to pick on Ideal Industries: they… Read more »

Sports Authority Takes a Swing at “Black Hole” Applications

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Sports Authority, like many retailers, has a job search at their Career Site that shows every role at every store, even if they’re not actively filling that role at the moment. But as they wrote in their New Job Search blog post,  applicants to many of these jobs might not hear back from the hiring team (because they were not… Read more »

15 “Must-Have” Features For Your Company Career Site

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If you’re building a new company career site, here are 15 features for you to consider to attract, engage and convert candidates. 1. A Compelling Headline— It’s a shame that most company career home pages use just “Careers” or “Jobs” as their headline. Boring. Instead, write like a copywriter and be attention-grabbing (Huge Inc.) or Activision (pictured… Read more »

5 Attractive Company Career Pages

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We took a look at a bunch of company career pages over the past couple of days and there were a few that stuck out and caught our attention. Based on images, design, and  copy. Comcast (@ComcastCareers) Comcast emphasizes images on their career page. These images contain employees and the workplace, giving potential candidates a feel of the… Read more »

7 Steps to Writing the Best Job Descriptions

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Writing job descriptions may be the single most important thing you do to attract quality talent. I recommend you use the 7 steps/sections below when writing your job descriptions. I’ve also included 20 examples of how leading employers create their job descriptions. Why Job Descriptions Matter So Much As Talent Board reported, 77% of candidates say that job description… Read more »

Recruiting Strategies for VMware, Slack, Stripe and Dropbox

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I caught up with talent acquisition pro Tom Wadlington the other day — Tom has some great experience including VMware, Liberty Mutual, Akamai and PriceWaterhouse. I asked him a few questions on talent acquisition strategy and recruitment marketing. Here’s what he had to say: Q: Hi Tom. You were part of the team that took VMware… Read more »

How Hubspot, Autodesk and Dell Use Culture SlideShares to Attract Millions

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I was recently chatting up talent leaders at Hubspot, Autodesk and Dell about the creation of their culture-related slide decks — thousands of new candidates are flipping through these things every day. The 3 of them kindly agreed to let me share my notes from our exchanges. I shortened some answers for clarity. Thanks for sharing your experience, Katie, Andrew… Read more »

Make Your Job Descriptions More Sticky by Adding Glassdoor Content

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The majority (77.3%) of candidates say the job description is the most useful employment content in their decision process, according to The Talent Board, but half of candidates also search for information about you elsewhere — and these days Glassdoor is their Web site of choice. So why not combine your job descriptions with Glassdoor content for… Read more »

Evergreen Jobs

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I’ve seen companies spend $500K+ per year on media-buying and 3rd party staffing commissions for a job role they need a ton of people for (an “evergreen” job), yet they spend almost nothing on the job description page itself. Here are a few thoughts on why, how and when to create a specialized evergreen job… Read more »

How “Attractive” Is Your Careers Site?

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You’ve heard about the importance of Candidate Experience and Employment Branding. The question is…what are you doing to evaluate how your careers site is performing on these topics. In sales, it’s been said that 70% of prospects have already made their decision before talking to a human being about making the purchase. You should think… Read more »

Taleo’s New First Impression

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Your company has spent thousands of dollars building an awesome careers site. The result being a beautiful front page featuring videos, pictures, social streams, and employee testimonials. The catch is that this is not the first impression for the majority of your candidates. Over 50% of candidates will come to your careers site from job… Read more »

Video Job Descriptions Get 487% Pop Over Text Job Descriptions

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Online job descriptions are one of the few Web pages whose primary design has not changed since they first appeared on Online Career Center, Monster and DICE in the early ’90s. Job descriptions continue to look like little more than old print help-wanted ads pasted online. What happens to candidate engagement when you add a… Read more »

Raising Engagement On Job Descriptions By Using Live Chat

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Are recruiters ready for real-time engagement? Phrases like “Candidate Engagement” and “Candidate Experience” are plentiful in today’s world of recruiting. For recruiters striving for engagement, the technology is available right now to put your plan into action. Last week we placed Olark live chat on every careers site and job description we power. The initial… Read more »