We at Beyond recently surveyed more than 11,000 job seekers (both active and passive) to understand how they are searching for jobs and not surprisingly, mobile devices are playing a big part. So as a recruiter, what do you need to know? Check out the full [INFOGRAPHIC] here.
More than 70% of people use mobile devices to search for jobs. And while smartphone use can be a touchy issue with some potential downsides, there’s no denying the value that this wave of technology has brought into our lives for connecting us with friends, family and the workplace. We’re going to explore the extent to which mobile technology has become embedded in our working and personal endeavors and what that means for organizations seeking new talent. The reality is, today’s top-tier recruiters are leveraging mobile, and especially text-based solutions, to reach the right candidates faster than the competition. So, let’s take a look at why that matters and how it can get you in front of the right candidates at the right time.
“Sorry, it’s just not going to work out. Good luck with your life.”
Breaking up via text isn’t anything new, but it still makes us cringe at a personal level because it feels incredibly impersonal. It’s almost paradoxical, because the texting medium itself represents a connection we have with people we know and trust.
Text messaging has become a powerful piece of communication in our everyday lives. While we all know that person that has steadily refused to participate in the SMS frenzy, research shows that it’s grown to be a core part of how we interact with others. Other than making a call or taking a photo, sending text messages is at the top of the list in terms of how people use their mobile devices.
This is especially pertinent for recruiters who are on the front lines of communication for their organizations. It’s innately personal and incredibly direct--how else can you cut straight through the noise and get a person’s attention right away? Plus, it’s becoming an increasingly acceptable communication tool for work. It makes sense that recruiters will want to leverage this ubiquitous form of communication for reaching and engaging with candidates.
Employers are realizing that putting total control of retirement decisions in the hands of their employees was a bad idea. Older employees are delaying retirement due to underfunding of their retirement portfolios and market volatility. The end results are increased healthcare costs for companies to support an aging employee population and decreased upward mobility for younger employees. Many employers have taken steps to solve the underfunding problem for future generations of retirees through auto-enrollment and auto-escalation in defined contribution plans. However, they have been unable to solve a continually nagging problem. How do they retain their millennial employees?
Human Resources leaders now have a new secret weapon for solving the millennial employee retention issue. The $1.2 trillion of outstanding student debt new hires are facing. According to a recent article publishing in the Wall Street Journal, 70% of seniors took out loans for their education and are carrying an average of over $37,000 in student debt. More and more companies such as Fidelity, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and SunTrust are launching employee debt assistance programs, in response to the record amount of student debt new employees will have accrued by the time they enter the workforce.
If you’re looking to make a change in the way your company operates, maybe you need to change your hiring process. Seek out the job seekers that are doing creative things to get noticed. Their fresh ideas likely don’t end once they accept your job offer. They’ll bring innovative, out of the box ideas to the job, so go ahead and respond to that girl who sent over a box of candy bars wrapped in her resume, or call the guy who announced that he’s searching for a job on a billboard. Take the risk and soak in the reward.
As a recruiter we know you spend countless hours sitting in front of a screen with what seems like a thousand tabs up, scouring the internet for the perfect candidate. But sometimes, you need to do something different. And who knows it could pay off big.
We often hear from job seekers who are frustrated with traditional job search tactics and feel the need to take the road less traveled to stand out. We’ve heard about a lot of interesting gimmicks, like the girl who wanted to work at Airbnb so she built a webpage to highlight her resume to mimic an Airbnb posting, or someone else who created wrappers for chocolate bars with her resume in place of the nutrition label, or Daniel Seibert who just this week put up a billboard to advertise that he is looking for a career.
Bad news. It seems to be everywhere these days. At home and abroad, there are no shortage of scary, horrifying, discouraging stories.
With all this negativity swirling around, it’s easy to get distracted and have trouble focusing on everyday things – like your job. Even if you’re the most passionate recruiter around, hiring the right person might seem sort of inconsequential compared with the big, bad problems facing the world.
However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As the saying goes, if you want things to change, you have to start in your own backyard.
So here are 3 ways to focus on recruiting in a world gone mad, and maybe even make a difference in the process.
While their fellow Millennials have been in the workforce for some time, younger Millennials are just graduating college and beginning their careers right now. So, what are they looking for in a job? It’s easy if you just put yourself in their shoes.
So we just got back from the SHRM Annual Conference in Washington, DC and we just want to say, “Thank you!” to everyone that stopped by the Beyond booth. We had a great time in our nation’s capital and can’t wait to see everyone next year in New Orleans.
Until then, let’s recap! Here were the highlights of the show for us.