Recent trends and developments in the tech space are having effects on all aspects of business, including recruitment. As we become increasingly connected through a variety of tools and programs, recruiters are being equipped with new ways to connect with job seekers and potential hires. Recruiters who stay ahead of the curve are more effective at recruiting top talent, while stragglers struggle to find the right candidate.
One tool that’s a favorite among recruiting professionals is LinkedIn. The online networking community for professionals has 259 million registered users, 84 million of which are in the U.S. alone. Though traditional job board sites like Monster.com and Indeed.com are useful tools for receiving job applications, they don’t offer as much insight into the personality of an applicant as does a healthy LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is home to industry-specific groups that encourage interactions, sharing, and discussions, which offers a way for recruiters to see how some candidates carry themselves in a professional and dynamic setting. While a resumé is a static document that only offers a snapshot into an individual’s background, LinkedIn is an active site that provides much more insight into a candidate’s skills and values. It’s no wonder LinkedIn is used by 97.3% of recruiters.
The widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets by Americans has not gone unnoticed by recruiters. And with 70% of job seekers reportedly conducting at least part of their job search on a mobile device, it would be unwise for head-hunters not to tap into this new avenue for recruitment. By making job application forms mobile-friendly, a recruiter’s chances of finding the right candidate increases.
Interestingly, recruiters don’t just use mobility as a recruiting tool. They also use mobility as a recruiting point. As discussed in our earlier post on the adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) strategies by corporations all over the world, laggards are being left behind when it comes to recruiting top talent. According to Gartner analyst Michael Silver, college graduates have begun including a company’s BYOD policy in their evaluations of job offers.
With remote access programs and cloud computing strategies being put into place by a number of companies, telecommuting is becoming increasingly possible for many employers looking to hire. With core applications like Microsoft’s Office 365 and Adobe’s Creative Suite being hosted in the cloud, collaboration across geographical boundaries has never been easier. As a result, recruiters are receiving the green light from upper management to recruit more remote workers, opening up an entirely new market for head-hunters to scour.
Remote recruiting is also getting a boost in efficacy from video conferencing programs like Skype. With up to 18% of interviews now being conducted via Skype, recruiters are embracing the free service as a way of better measuring long distance candidates. The added benefits of visual cues that video interviews offer over ones conducted on the phone make it easier for recruiters to gauge whether a candidate is the right fit for the company. For tips on how to ace a job interview that’s being conducted through Skype, check out our advice piece here.
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