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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.

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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

How to Get Your CV Noticed by the Right People

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, CV writing and tagged , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

So, you’ve decided it’s time to find a new job and you’ve created a killer CV to help you do it.

Now you need to elevate your job search and ensure your CV is being seen by the people who’ll give you access to the role of your dreams. But how can you do this?

With so much competition for the top roles, it’s essential to get in the mindset of a marketer and ensure your CV is being seen by the right people.

In the guide below, we’ll look at five ways you can get your CV noticed and secure yourself that all-important interview.

How to Get Your CV Noticed by the Right People

Start with a strong CV

Before your CV is seen, you need to make sure it’s up to scratch. This means choosing a clear and concise layout which enables the recruiter to quickly find the information they need.

Be sure to highlight your relevant key skills, top achievements, qualifications and previous work experience. Also, use keywords and skills from the job description throughout, to prove to the recruiter that you’re a good fit for the role.

Additionally, before you do anything with your CV, you need to make sure you’ve proofread it several times. If you submit an application that is full of mistakes, you might stand out – but for all the wrong reasons!

Sign up to job boards

Once you’ve written a strong CV, it’s time to start putting it out there. One of the best ways to find the best roles and get noticed is by signing up to job boards.

It might sound simple, but most candidates don’t utilise this trick – and recruiters often use the sites to search for potential hires.

Simply register for your chosen job board(s) and upload a generic version of your CV. You can even sign up for email alerts from each job board, so relevant roles are sent straight to your inbox as soon as they’re live.

Go to a recruitment agency

In today’s digital world, it might seem a little outdated (and sometimes daunting) to meet with recruiters face-to-face. But this can be a highly beneficial way to get your CV in front of the right people.

Their job is to find you a job, so it’s in their best interest to work closely with you and get your CV out to the right employers!

If you do decide to meet with a recruiter, treat it like an interview. Go along with a copy of your CV, make sure you’re looking smart and be confident in your abilities. The better the impression you leave, the keener they’ll be to put you forward for an interview.

Make the most of social media

Using social media is a fantastic way to be proactive in your job search.

Platforms like Facebook have industry-specific job pages where people can share their vacancies. What’s more, searching for hashtags or following your favourite companies online can help you to find other exciting job opportunities.

However, LinkedIn is the obvious winner in terms of job searching. Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date, with a professional photo, and turn your career interests to ‘on’. This lets potential employers and recruiters know that you’re open to new opportunities.

Consider sending speculative applications

A speculative application is one in which you send your CV and cover letter to an organisation you would like to work for, to enquire about any vacancies. This is done despite the fact they aren’t actively advertising any roles.

Writing speculative applications can be tricky at first, but once you get to grips with this it can be a great way to find your dream role.

To send a speculative application, you’ll need to create a tailored cover letter, which you’ll paste into the body of the email. You should discuss why you’d be interested working for the specific company (generic emails won’t get you anywhere), what type of role you’d like to be considered for and why you’d make a great hire. Remember to attach your CV and add your contact details to your signature.

Get your CV noticed

If you want to ensure your CV is being seen by the right people, then you need to be proactive in your job search. Rather than simply applying to job advertisements, get your CV noticed by following the steps above. You’ll be on your way to securing a job interview before you know it!

Author: Andrew Fennell
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Andrew is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV. He is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to websites like Business Insider, The Guardian and FastCompany.

What’s Does Your LinkedIn Photo Tell Us?

This entry was posted in Articles, CV writing and tagged , , on by Jeannine.

If you’re not on LinkedIn, you should be. LinkedIn is the fastest growing social business and networking platform out there, and if you’re looking for a job, it’s where you need to be. LinkedIn allows you to upload your job history, spoken languages, skills, volunteer experience and organisations and causes you are about. In a nutshell, your LinkedIn page is your CV, and it’s online, for everyone to see.

What’s really important, and what we think many job seekers overlook, is the LinkedIn profile picture. We can’t stress this enough. In fact, a few months ago we published an article on how to take the perfect LinkedIn profile picture. If you’re still struggling with taking the perfect profile picture, we’ve found a really unique tool that analyses your photograph based on 3 critical factors.

Why is your photo so important?


Today, more and more recruiters and companies are hiring through social media platforms. That means they’re looking into your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook, even your Tumblr and Instagram. The line between personal and professional life is becoming a little hazy, but we’d rather be safe than sorry by making the right online impression.

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How to Take the Perfect LinkedIn Profile Picture

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The profile picture you have on your LinkedIn profile is your first chance to make a lasting impression. Before exchanging E-mails, phone or face-to-face interviews, your connections will see your profile photo, and unlike with interviews, a photograph cannot defend your character. Having a professional profile picture is just as important as your keyword placing or your previous work experience. A recruiter wants to put a face to the name and get a feel for the type of person you are before making the first contact. Your photograph is a representation of who you are; your character, personality and confidence.

Creating the optimal profile picture


Your LinkedIn profile reflects you not only as a person, but as a prospective job candidate. Remember, though LinkedIn is a social network, it is solely for professional use and your profile photo should reflect that. If you don’t have the time and money to invest in a professional photographer these few tips will help you get started in producing a top notch portrait!

Use a recent photograph

linkedin perfect profilelist_okDo: Use a recent photograph. It’s cute to post #tbt photographs from your trip to Paris with your grandparents on Instagram, but recruiters don’t want to see that. Update your profile photo frequently and always keep it recent.

list_wrongDon’t: Letting the “no photo” shadow guy lurk around your profile is no good! Recruiters spend more time on profiles including photos than on those without. Not only does it show you don’t care, it shows that maybe you’re the kind of person who starts a job and doesn’t finish it, or worse, someone who doesn’t do the very best in everything they do. Put a face to your name, no one wants to hire a ghost!

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Improving and Perfecting Your LinkedIn Profile

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Social media has transformed. If you’re looking for your place in the world today, LinkedIn is where you need to be. Hiring through social media has increased and continues to do so. Over 90% of companies use social media platforms like twitter, Facebook and Instagram to recruit potential employees. LinkedIn, the leader in recruitment via social media has over 97% of companies using the page as one of their tools. With 97% of companies looking at your profile, let’s try to make it 100% perfect.

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools for your job hunt; over 3 million companies are listed on the site and 500,000 of those company pages were added in the past year alone. LinkedIn connects you to 300 million members in over 200 countries worldwide. That’s a lot of networking, but with an average of 2 new users per second, your profile needs to stand out from the rest. Let’s make sure your page shines.

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