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Technology Tools for Recruitment: Why Businesses Need Them

This entry was posted in Advice for recruiters, Articles, Job interviews, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Businesses looking to hire new talent or fill in gaps in their processes should integrate technology in their daily activities. Technology alleviates some of the burdens on recruitment teams. They also help to report on the hiring process for possible areas of improvement. Here are different technology solutions that recruiters and businesses can use when hiring new employees.

recruitment technologies

Applicant-tracking software

Recruiters who are looking to increase their hiring efficiency can implement cloud-based applicant-tracking software. This software aids recruiting teams with tracking candidates throughout the recruitment process.

Recruiters can use this software to store candidate data and information, track where individuals are in the process, and pull reports on a candidate’s hiring experience. Cloud-based human capital management systems allow stakeholders to access information from anywhere with an internet connection. At the end of the hiring process, these tools can also help recruiters improve future hiring processes by understanding the path taken by successful candidates.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Recruitment

The leading benefits of using AI in the recruitment process are faster responses and management of simpler tasks. AI-powered software can automate the candidate search process by locating people who match a certain set of criteria or assessing candidates’ fit based on their resume and application responses. LinkedIn Recruiter is a popular AI-enabled tool currently being used by hiring teams.

Chatbots are another example of AI technology. They automatically respond to people’s questions and reduce the recruiters’ workload. Quick responses provide candidates with a positive experience while saving precious time for businesses.

Video Interviewing

Video interviewing can connect people seamlessly, regardless of location. Additionally, businesses with remote workers can use the technology to include them in candidate discussions. Video interviewing also helps companies pull from the global talent pool. For example, a business located in New York City can use video conferencing to interview candidates that are continents away. Tools like HireVue allow businesses to schedule and execute remote interviews.

Looking to the Future

As technological advancements and abilities increase, companies and their hiring teams will shift away from mundane tasks to higher-level assignments. AI and other technological advances will reshape how recruiters go through their daily tasks.

Targeted advertising for positions are already showing up in job seeker’s web and social media feeds. But further automation allows advertisers to deliver the right messages at exactly the right times. Natural language processing (NLP) could be implemented into interviews for analysis on fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary usage, and the progression of ideas.

Closing Thoughts

Recruiters have a new teammate in technology tools. Technology will amplify and augment current recruitment practices: AI assists hiring departments with mundane tasks, and applicant tracking software helps recruiters understand where a candidate is in the hiring cycle. Video interviewing assists in bringing in people from across the world together in one central, digital location.

In the future, continued developments and advancements will bring in additional solutions for recruiting teams. Operations will include opportunities for reaching job seekers in new ways, like through social media. Additionally, AI solutions will aid candidate verification and interview. Overall, technology will help recruitment teams with speeding up processes or handling easier tasks.

Author: Henry Garrett

Ho Ho Ho | The Christmas Job Search

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice and tagged , on by Jeannine.

We’re not trying to scare the last bits of summer away, and we hope you’re still enjoying those rare sunny afternoons, but we’ve got to face it, the warm days are fleeting and the cold is knocking at our doors. Before we know it, there’ll be Christmas carollers, biscuit making and the sweet man in red crawling down the chimney.

christmas jobs 2014

Though we’re only in the midst of October, you should know that most Christmas temp jobs begin toward the end of October and the beginning of November. This means that companies are hiring now! As we get closer to the winter, searches for Christmas jobs are rising and the competition is getting fierce. Don’t wait another second, grab your mobile device, go sit in front of your laptop and start your search!

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Labour market trends in London (white paper) – August 2013

This entry was posted in Employment trends, White papers and tagged , , , , on by plabram.

Our regional labour market report is a bit different this time. We’d always known London was an exception to the rule, but it was only really when we got down to analysing the London hiring market in significant detail that we realised just how unquantifiable the British capital is. For that reason, this week’s white paper (which you can download here) is somewhat shorter than other regions. Same rules apply, however – don’t hesitate to ask any questions, or make any comments or suggestions you may have.

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Employment trends in the West Midlands – July 2013

This entry was posted in Employment trends, JobisJob Data and tagged , , , , , , on by plabram.

birmingham retail industry - the bullringHaving already covered employment trends in the North East and Cumbria, we decided it was time to move down and to the west. This week, we’ll be comparing and contrasting where job opportunities fall in the West Midlands and Brum.

Hiring trends in the West Midlands


Top counties:

Of all the West Midlands (region), the West Midlands (county) comes out top in terms of how many new job adverts are churned out each week per resident. A relatively high quantity of jobseekers in the area, however, means that residents are likely to face stiffer competition than in neighbouring counties.

In terms of competition for jobs, our top pick for the region is actually Warwickshire, which has around half the amount of jobseekers going for each job as anywhere else in the West Midlands. Shropshire comes bottom, with not only fewer jobs published than in many other counties, but a total of nine jobseekers for each job advert.

Jobs per 1000 residents Jobseekers going after each job
West Midlands (4.5)
Warwickshire (4.0)
Worcestershire (2.4)
Staffordshire (2.4)
Shropshire (2.1)
Herefordshire (2.0)
Warwickshire (3.4)
Worcestershire (6.1)
Herefordshire (6.8)
Staffordshire (8.2)
West Midlands (8.7)
Shropshire (9.2)

 Top cities:

In terms of total jobs advertised per resident, it’s perhaps somewhat surprising that Coventry (which, for technical reasons, we’ve included as a part of Warwickshire in this study) comes out higher than the region’s largest city, Birmingham, making it our top city in the West Midlands to look for work. Of the four largest cities in the county, Stoke-on-Trent (which has been included as a part of Staffordshire) has the fewest amount of advertised jobs per resident.

City ranking (in terms of jobs per resident)

  1. Coventry
  2. Birmingham
  3. Wolverhampton
  4. Stoke-on-Trent

Hiring trends in Birmingham


For some time, Britain’s second-largest city has maintained a reputation for a strong service sector, which is echoed by our study – the most advertised job category over the last year has been IT and telecommunications. This is closely followed by Sales (unsurprising, given that one of the largest shopping centres in the country can be found here) and then Engineering. Widely-advertised job titles are of a similarly professional nature, with Birmingham businesses over the last year hungrily looking for development managers and recruitment consultants.

City of Bigmingham trade

The results in this survey have been taken from the JobisJob databases (with a little help from the UK National Census and Claimant Count). For more in-depth information regarding labour market trends in the West Midlands and how this study was conducted, please download our free white paper on the topic. If you’d like any other information or would like to see your region featured in JobisBlog hiring trends, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sources: JobisJob database, UK National Census (2011), Claimant Count (April 2013)

Images: Pedro Kwezi, Brian Clift

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How not to follow recruiting rules

This entry was posted in Advice for recruiters, Articles and tagged , , , , , , , on by plabram.

Recruiters – are you bored of standard hiring procedures? Do you find yourself doodling in the margins of CVs? Do you ever wish your interviewees would do something really outrageous, just to make life more interesting?

We’ve tracked down three examples of companies who, without doubt, win a JobisJob gold award for Innovative Recruiting Strategies. But does this kind of practice actually work when it comes to sourcing top talent? Answers in the comments box, please…

Three innovative recruiting techniques


Heineken’s “The Candidate”:

Bored of asking all the same questions and getting all the same answers, Heineken videoed a set of radical interview techniques which included taking employees by the hand, an interviewer who pretended to pass out and a fake fire drill.


“My Marriott Hotel” – innovative HR at Marriott Hotels:

Fancy getting a taste of what it’s like to work in the hospitality industry? Marriott Hotels’ hiring procedure revolves around a highly addictive Facebook game. “My Marriott Hotel” allows users to put themselves in the shoes of a kitchen supervisor, where they are required to cook, manage supplies and serve dishes. The “Do It For Real” button at the top takes you to Marriott’s career’s page.

HR at Marriott Hotels


Hiring pirates, not cowboys, at Ogilvy:

Ahoy there! PR and communications company Ogilvy resorted to lily-livered tactics in order to find their next web designer. They uploaded a call-to-action to apply for their next job opportunity onto various pirate media sites, and named it after a famous design package. Scallywag “Talented Steve” has now been hired to work for Ogilvy, where he can use all the software he likes for free.