Five Career Site Trends for 2021

Topics: career sites, employment branding, recruitment analytics

Posted by Charles Kapec on Jan 12, 2021 5:12:03 PM

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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?
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A Better Candidate Experience: 3 Tips to Improve your Career Site

Topics: career sites, employment branding, SEO, candidate experience

Posted by Matt Adam on Sep 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Tips for a better candidate experience

Outside of your own employees, your career site is your #1 touchpoint with candidates and the top employment branding asset in your arsenal. It is your “handshake moment” with candidates and often it is their first impression of your organization. First, candidates have to be able to find your site. Next, they need to be inspired to apply. Finally, they want a simple and easy search experience. Here are some tips on how to get there.

Tip 1: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is fundamental
When you think about a career site, it’s not just about the stand-alone career site itself; it’s about how it interacts with the greater web. One thing we do know about candidate behavior is that it constantly changes. Therefore, it is vital to consider how candidates are initially searching for jobs and how your career site is a component of that search.

SEO is a method of inbound marketing that makes your content findable and trackable by Google, Bing and other search engines. Data suggests that anywhere from 70% to 86% of candidates start their job search on their preferred search engine, typing in a search string such as Engineering jobs near Denver Colorado. They get served up content that is deemed most relevant by the search engine – content which may not include yours if you are not SEO-savvy or do not have the right technology in place.

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NAS Webinar: Enhancing the Candidate Journey

Topics: career sites, candidate experience, Webinar

Posted by NAS on Sep 4, 2020 1:00:00 PM

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Join Matt Adam, EVP and Chief Talent Strategist, and Charles Kapec, Creative Director at NAS Recruitment Innovation, for an informative 30-minute webinar on enhancing the candidate journey. We’ll discuss how candidates look for jobs and what they expect from you, then provide tips on how you can deliver on their expectations and convert them into hires. Topics include:

  • Making SEO work for you
  • The importance of a mobile platform
  • Keys to a candidate-friendly career site
  • The importance of measuring along the way

NAS Webinar Series:
Enhancing the Candidate Journey
Wednesday, September 23
1pm to 1:30pm EST

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NAS Webinar: Five Ways to Improve Your Career Site

Topics: career sites, candidate experience, Webinar

Posted by NAS on Jul 1, 2020 5:21:29 PM

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Your career site should be the focal point for your recruitment marketing strategy – the place where you drive all candidates, let them view your jobs and tell them your story. Join Matt Adam, EVP and Chief Talent Strategist, and Jennifer Henley, VP of Client Services, for a 30-minute session that will help you understand what job seekers are looking for – and where your site might fall short. The presentation will include:

  • Top 5 ways to upgrade your career site
  • Insights into improving the candidate experience
  • Discussion of quick wins and longer-term strategies

Get some great ideas from our team. See examples of career sites that succeed. And learn what you can do to improve your candidate experience.

NAS Webinar Series:
5 Ways to Improve your Career Site
Wednesday, July 22
1pm to 1:30pm EST

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Interview with Advisor Group: How to keep a career site fresh

Topics: career sites, recruitment videos, recruitment strategies

Posted by NAS on Nov 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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In part one of our interview, we discussed career site goals with Leigh McCluskey, Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Advisor Group. In part two, Leigh takes us through Phase 2 of their career site implementation, which involved content for University, Diversity & Inclusion and Community Service sections, as well as photo shoots, analytics and future goals for the site.

As part of Phase 2, we added a University section. Tell us about those efforts.

We're still a relatively new company, but we are committed to evolving and developing our student intern and recent graduate entry-level programs. We worked internally to build a strong, reputable internship program within the industry. Our goal is to ensure that they’re not getting task-focused assignments, but that they are doing really impactful, value-adding work.

On the site, we wanted to tell our story in a way that candidates will appreciate how we're different. We want them to have a great experience and, consequently, be our brand ambassadors with a great story to tell. We're also expanding our presence on key campuses, partnering with universities in each of our five hubs, where we will work with a partner to conduct women's leadership events with students and faculty members.

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