Preparing for the Rise in Mobile Recruitment

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), mobile recruitment is on the rise. It’s estimated that half of all traffic to career sites currently comes from mobile devices. Given the mobile usage statistics, it’s unsurprising: the Pew Research Internet Project notes that 58% of Americans own a smartphone while 42% own a tablet. Job hunters now have the flexibility to find, apply to, and remotely interview for positions from any mobile device. For companies committed to finding the best candidates and offering a great applicant experience, there are several steps that their recruiters should focus on.

Optimizing your corporate website for mobile

One of the most important digital recruiting steps that a company can take often dovetails with their other mobile marketing priorities. Today, a mobile-optimized website is the number one digital marketing priority for leading companies. A website that’s optimized for mobile users has several advantages. It looks great and functions well on a wide range of smartphones and tablets. It also has functionality that allows applicants to navigate through the site and application process with ease. Priority functions include the ability to review company background information, access the company’s career site, review job ad details, and apply for jobs from a touch screen device. Mobile optimization sets the foundation for successful recruiting in today’s diverse technology landscape.

Using applicant tracking with mobile integration

Another component of being ready for mobile recruitment is choosing an applicant tracking system that offers mobile integration. Applicant tracking systems with mobile components enable companies to provide a seamless candidate experience throughout the application process. In addition to basic mobile navigability, mobile-friendly applicant tracking systems simplify the application process for easy processing on mobile devices. They also offer features such as 24/7 application status checking and easy recruiter communications.

Embrace social media as a promotional and recruitment tool

The role of social media is increasingly important in mobile recruiting. Users on mobile devices are more likely to find jobs through social media channels and share jobs with colleagues. The leading applicant tracking systems promote engagement with social media tools, RSS feeds, share functionality, and email marketing. Promotion and engagement tools help expand the applicant pool, and make it easier for site visitors to share jobs with interested colleagues.

Build your recruiters’ mobile recruitment skills

Your team needs to be ready to embrace mobile recruitment. The evolution of the corporate hiring environment has changed everything, from how companies advertise jobs to the technology needed to support the application process. Strategically, mobile recruitment and other developments in the human resources space have fundamentally changed the skills that recruiters need to have. Companies can proactively hire recruiters or train their staff to focus on a high level of technological aptitude, the ability to integrate social media and Web 2.0 features into the recruiting process, and a willingness to use different technology tools to source and interview candidates.

Is your company ready to embrace mobile recruitment? Contact myStaffingPro today to arrange for a software demonstration and learn more about how our applicant tracking system enables companies to offer a world-class mobile recruiting experience.

What Features Do The Best Applicant Tracking Systems Offer?

Today’s high-tech applicant tracking systems are an essential part of the hiring process. These technologies integrate features that allow your team to access the information needed to recruit top talent for your company, through a single interface. Formerly time-consuming activities such as posting and marketing jobs, sourcing resumes, and communicating with candidates become a streamlined process with the right technology. Yet, there are a number of systems on the market and it can be hard to know which features to prioritize and what to look for.

Robust recruiting support

The top applicant tracking systems include a wide range of recruiting features. It’s important to assess both back-end performance and front-end capabilities. On the back-end, consider how much control and customization can be done to support your company’s hiring process. How easy is it to develop a job description and seek the internal approvals needed to post the job? Can the system easily post the job to your career site, as well as any external job boards that you’re working with? What level of visibility do you have into data and analytics? On the front-end, look for applicant tracking systems that offer a great candidate experience.

A streamlined candidate experience

A great candidate experience requires software that makes it easy for prospective applicants to find jobs, submit applications, and stay in communication with your company throughout the hiring process. The right applicant tracking system makes it easy to create a dedicated careers site and promote jobs via job boards, social media, and other channels. The application process should be simple and focused, with the ability for candidates to save their information and apply from a variety of devices. Finally, communication tools that enable your team to acknowledge applications, respond to applicant questions, and send automated updates to keep everyone informed while minimizing administrative work. A positive candidate experience is important from both a branding and employee relations standpoint.

Social media and web integration

Today’s social media and web-based tools give companies an edge in reaching the right candidates. The ability to share your jobs via social media or targeted job boards can help you find high performing, tough to reach candidates. Social sharing features allow candidates to share jobs with friends or to easily post your available positions to an industry discussion board or LinkedIn Group. By choosing an applicant tracking system that enables this kind of organic promotion, companies can gain more exposure to a broader range of highly qualified candidates with minimal effort.

End-to-end integrations

Companies use a wide range of partners in the hiring process to handle everything from verifying references to randomized drug testing. It’s important that any system you’re considering has the capabilities to integrate with services that you use today, as well as those you’re likely to add in the future. Some common products and services that may integrate with your applicant tracking system include assessments, background screening, drug testing, consulting, HRIS systems, job boards, payroll providers, and more.

Data, analytics, and reporting

Human resources relies on data for many purposes. HR departments need access to hiring data for budgeting, financing planning, internal performance reviews, board meetings, and even government reporting. The best applicant tracking systems offer the capability to track a wide range of data, from how many applications a specific position received to the number of days needed to fill a position. Customized reports and an intuitive interface should make it easy to view and analyze any relevant data to your unique specifications.

The right applicant tracking system can dramatically reduce the workload associated with recruiting, while improving the candidate experience and helping you make better hires. myStaffingPro offers an industry leading solution that’s appropriate for a wide range of businesses. To learn more or arrange for a software demonstration, contact us today.

New Year, New Minimum Wages

Are you ready for the New Year? Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum wage rate will increase for the following states:

State Minimum Wage Rate
Alaska $8.75
Arizona $8.05
Arkansas $7.50
Colorado $8.23
Connecticut $9.15
Florida $8.05
Hawaii $7.75
Maryland $8.00
Massachusetts $9.00
Missouri $7.65*
Montana $8.05
Nebraska $8.00
New Jersey $8.38
New York $8.75
(effective 12/31/14)
Ohio $8.10**
Oregon $9.25
Rhode Island $9.00
South Dakota $8.50
Vermont $9.15
Washington $9.47
West Virginia $8.00

Some counties and cities may require a higher minimum wage.

In addition to updating payroll, updates should be made where impacted by the new minimum wage rate. Changes may be needed to your applicant tracking system to reflect new wage scales. For information about applicant tracking systems, please contact myStaffingPro at 800-939-2462.

* For businesses with annual gross sales of at least $500,000.

** For employees at businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 per year

Select the Best Applicant Tracking System

We are always looking for the best. Who has the best pizza? Where can I get the best car service? Depending on whom you ask, or where you live, you will probably get a different answer. Thankfully, you don’t have to be in a certain place at a certain time to get the best applicant tracking system. But, what is considered “the best” may change depending on your needs. Cut through the clutter and determine which system is the best fit for you with the help of our applicant tracking evaluation worksheet.

The applicant tracking evaluation kit provides:

  • Questions to help identify your software needs
  • Scoring matrix to help rank and evaluate vendors

Learn more, by downloading our Applicant Tracking Evaluation worksheet.

Define your Applicant Tracking Needs

Selecting an applicant tracking system can be a daunting task. With so many whozits and whatsits, it is hard to determine how many thingamabobs you actually need. Cut through the clutter and determine which system is the best fit for you with the help of our applicant tracking evaluation toolkit.

The applicant tracking evaluation kit provides:

  • Questions to help identify your software needs
  • Scoring matrix to help rank and evaluate vendors

Learn more, by downloading our Applicant Tracking Evaluation Toolkit.

 

Mobile Applicant Tracking Systems

Cell phones are great. In fact, I cannot remember the last time that I was lost or had to wait to find out the answer to a question.

Recently, myStaffingPro expanded the capabilities of the cell phone with their latest release. The release takes the mobile application process a step further so that candidates can search, apply, submit prescreening questions, and now, attach a resume from Google or Dropbox. The release allows store managers, restaurants, or any business for that matter, to accept applications on the spot from a mobile phone.

So toss out that gargantuan eyesore of a hiring kiosk and empower candidates with a mobile application process.

How to Create a Business Case for Applicant Tracking

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  4. Justify the recommendation
  5. Create a project overview
  6. Obtain approval

 

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Applicant Tracking System: An Overview to Choosing a Software Package

Summary: Applicant tracking systems support recruiting, gathering applicant information, interviewing and selection, and hiring. Here’s a comprehensive guide to evaluating your applicant tracking system.

Choosing and implementing an applicant tracking system has a significant impact on your business’ ability to recruit and retain top talent. Many human resource managers and company executives are unaware that there are different types of recruiting software packages on the market. Understanding your business’ needs and determining what features and systems can best support your human resources and business goals is the first step to a smart investment. Here is a closer look at the different elements to consider when choosing the right type of applicant tracking system for your needs.

Supporting the recruiting process

Applicant tracking systems need to support the full life cycle of the recruiting process. These include recruiting activities such as defining and posting the job; qualifying the applicant pool; managing the interviewing and selection process; and organizing the hiring process. Determine which steps your company needs support with and whether the systems you’re evaluating provide the right level of functionality. There are a range of products on the market, from modules that provide support for specific individual functions to comprehensive packages that manage the process from end to end.

Implementation and compatibility concerns

It’s essential to understand what’s involved with the implementation of the system you choose. Will it be hosted on a local computer or via a cloud-based technology by a third party? Does the managing company provide support in terms of setup, training, and ongoing technical management? Recruiting software may also need to integrate with other software packages that your company relies on. Specific points of consideration may involve integration with an established HRIS system, background checks, assessment software, and job boards. Having a solid grasp of these technical elements will ensure that you’re budgeting adequately for the purchase.

Applicant attraction and job management features

The best systems have a streamlined workflow that makes it simple to assign access to members within your team. Executives, hiring managers, and recruiters all have the specific needs in terms of access to information and reporting capabilities. Choose a system that simplifies job requisition from creating positions to managing the approvals process. Many systems today integrate seamlessly with popular job boards, allowing you to post ads with a single click and monitor application statistics. It’s also helpful to choose a system that has applicant attraction capabilities. These include establishing a career site that’s easy to use and optimized for search engines. Some also have the capabilities to collect the contact information of interested applicants and notify them of new job openings.

Application process management

A smooth, easy to navigate application process helps ensure that you get adequate applications for open positions and that candidates have a positive experience. Some of the features to look for include the capacity to customize the application form; the ability to include screening questions to help simplify the evaluation process; flexibility for candidates to input their data in a variety of ways; and compatibility with a wide range of mobile devices.

Applicant management and reporting

The applicant tracking system that you select should also ideally have a wide range of tools that assist your HR team in screening applicants. These include the ability to review applicants, share specific files with different team members, append notes to candidate files, and manage applicant communication management. Additional capabilities that can be helpful include managing onboarding paperwork and developing reports to help communicate on your company’s recruiting activities to your executives and board.

Implementing an applicant tracking system is a critical infrastructure decision for businesses and can help ensure that you’re recruiting and retaining the best employees. If you’re ready to learn more about a comprehensive, best in class system, contact myStaffingPro today to arrange for a personalized software demo.

SMART Need for Applicant Tracking

At my company, it is annual performance review time. As I was writing up my SMART* explanation, it got me thinking about the applicant tracking buying process. Is your buying process SMART? Meaning, is it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely?

To save time and extra running around, the applicant tracking buying process should be:

  • Specific, in that it answers:
    • Who is involved?
    • What do I want to accomplish?
    • Which constraints or requirements are present?
    • Why do I want to do this? Is it to cut costs, deliver a benefit, or correct a current process?
  • Measurable. Answer:
    • How much will it save?
    • How will I know if I’ve made a good decision?
    • How will it be better than what we are currently doing?
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

How do you approach buying an applicant tracking system? Are you SMART? If you are looking for a SMART guide, download our Six Steps to Creating a Business Case for an Applicant Tracking System.

 

 

* SMART is from a paper by George T. Doran called There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives which appeared in the November 1981 issue of Management Review.


Choosing an Applicant Tracking System: A Guide for HR Managers and Business Owners

Summary: An applicant tracking system is a smart investment for your HR team. Here’s a closer look at how applicant systems help you streamline your recruiting process, hire better talent, and reduce turnover through quality controls.

HR managers and business owners are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of human resources departments. Your HR team’s work is essential – from managing payroll to recruiting your company’s next generation of talent. Yet many of the processes that they oversee are administratively intensive. The right technology tools can increase their ability to focus on high-impact projects, reduce hiring costs, decrease turnover, and improve your overall workforce quality. Here’s a closer look at applicant tracking systems, the features to look for, and how to choose the right software for you

Efficient, paperless recruiting process: The right applicant tracking system will help you implement an efficient, paperless recruiting process. Whether you’re recruiting for hard to find candidates or posting essential jobs that need to be filled quickly, an applicant tracking system lets you manage the hiring process from start to finish. The system will guide you through scoping out a job’s requirements, setting up a careers site to process applications, screening candidates, and managing the interview process. With the ability to oversee promotion, reporting, and candidate communications from a single interface, your HR team gets more done in less time.

Improved candidate experience: Hiring and retaining the best people starts with a smooth interview process. In-demand executives, developers, and sales talent often have multiple offers when they’re on the job market. The professionalism, speed, and overall candidate experience that’s driving your hiring process speaks volumes to potential employees. An applicant tracking system allows candidates to apply easily for jobs, monitor their application status, and receive timely communications. Your team is able to quickly vet candidates, arrange interviews, and manage both internal and external communications with ease. As a result, quality candidates have a positive experience and you’re more likely to make a successful hire.  New employees start their jobs in a positive frame of mind, based on a smooth and professional introduction to the company’s performance and practices.

Integrated processing: Today’s hiring process has multiple steps, from posting and promoting openings to processing candidates through the onboarding process. Once you’ve made a successful hire, new employees need to submit substantial amounts of paperwork in the form of employment agreements, tax information, and benefits applications. An applicant tracking system will ensure that you are able to track where people are in the process at all times. The system can also be configured to manage elements of employment screening such as background checks, verifying employment and educational histories, checking references, and even processing drug testing. Ensuring that each new hire has met your company’s standards reduces turnover, ensures a higher level of performance, and mitigates the financial and legal risks of making a bad hire.

An applicant tracking system is a smart investment in today’s hiring environment. From reducing the workload of overtaxed HR teams to providing high-value candidates with the best experience possible, automating your recruiting process has numerous benefits for your business. Are you an HR manager or business owner who wants to improve your firm’s recruitment strategies? Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive applicant tracking system and suite of integrated services.