How The Job Search Process Has Changed

Ahem, The Job Search Process Has Changed

Remember when it was common for companies to hang a “Help Wanted” sign in their storefront when they were looking to hire? Ya, a lot sure has changed in the last ten years. In today’s fast technological times, where one can order a car or food instantly from their smartphone, it’s hard to fathom the job search process of the past. Thankfully, modern technology has changed the job search process for the better. However, how job seekers apply isn’t the only thing that has changed.

What Else Has Changed?

Jobs Are Now Online

The internet has revolutionized how job seekers and companies interact in the last decade. Job seekers can now access dozens of opportunities in just a few clicks of their mouse. Gone (but not forgotten) are the days of the “Help Wanted” sign.

Job Seekers Are Now Applying From Their Phones

The smartphone has enabled job seekers to easily apply for a job within seconds with minimal effort. While it’s a wonderful thing for candidates, this has created yet another issue for HR managers to overcome to continuously attract top talent. In short, companies have had to Go Mobile or Go Home. Making career pages mobile-optimized has become essential to attract quality candidates and rank higher in search results thanks to a clever algorithm put in place by Google.

Job Search Engines Offer More Opportunities

A decade ago, job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder were the go-to platform for job seekers. However, with the rise of platforms like Indeed job seekers now can search instantly across multiple company career pages with just one click of their mouse…err… smartphone.

How Employers Can Deal With The Ch-ch-ch-changes

So what can companies do to consistently attract superstar talent in today’s technology-driven job search process? Companies must make sure their virtual “Help Wanted” signs are seen on high-traffic job boards and then they must make it easy for applicants to apply from their phones by mobile-optimizing their job postings.

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2014 HR Software Considerations: CareerPlug

Software Advice, the Austin-based resource for software buyers, recently released their analysis of HR Software Considerations for 2014.  You can view a brief slideshow of their findings below:

CareerPlug is built around the platform of “making hiring easier” – meaning we believe in making the hiring process as easy to understand, intuitive, and effective as possible.   As the report says, stand-alone Applicant Tracking Systems are the most sought strategic HR applications as well as the most widely offered.

As many businesses make strides to use technology efficiently in all of their processes, they are looking for HR applications that offer solutions in addition to Applicant Tracking.  For example, our main draw for our clients – many small to medium sized companies – is our ability to quickly post jobs to top job boards and easily see applicants through the hiring process.   But as owners and managers become comfortable with this aspect of our system, they begin using customizable features to brand their hiring process and assessments and prescreen questions to help find the best applicants.  Our performance reviews and self-evaluations become integrated into the weekly workplace rhythm, helping retain and develop employees long after their initial hire.

Software Advice found that company growth was the main reason companies purchased new software in addition to their current ATS.  Their need for expanded functionality grew with them.  It makes sense – why have the hiring process separated from onboarding when you’ll need similar information?  As we grow with our clients, we’re working to improve and innovate our service to meet and exceed client needs.

Check out Software Advice’s report on HR Software Considerations for Small-Business Buyers and CareerPlug’s Profile on Software Advice.  Whatever your hiring and HR needs, we hope you find what you’re looking for!

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