As we begin a new year with new challenges, now is the perfect time to review your career site with a critical eye. Career site creativity has been driven by the candidate experience in recent times – and that trend will continue. Sites are designed around the job search – the main reason candidates visit your site. Easy navigation, bite-sized content and flawless functionality will remain important. NAS has identified several additional trends that will be important for every organization to consider:
Trend #1: Data drives career site design and content
Review your career site analytics regularly in 2021 – we do it monthly to understand immediate strategy impact, and quarterly to review ongoing trends with our clients. Understanding candidate behavior will tell you how to update your design and content to enhance the job seeker experience and ultimately encourage more applications. Here are a few data points we follow for our clients and how they can impact site design:
- Click-thru and application rates: First and foremost, you want to know if candidates are finding and applying for jobs. If these rates are low, we might consider making the Job Search more prominent on the page. If there is significant drop-off somewhere in the process, where is it happening and what can we do to fix it?