With Google for Jobs, GDPR and Brexit really “helping” Recruitment leaders focus on a sustainable recruitment business model, your website has become front and centre of your marketing. You need it to make you money and not simply build your brand and clicks.
With the launch of the new Barclay Jones website, I’ve been waxing lyrical to clients about my experience of the web development and launch process and I’ve come up with 4 mistakes that every recruitment website may be making.
Recruitment Websites Need to Make Money!
During the design phase of the new Barclay Jones web, it was clear to me that focus needed to be given in areas what we take for granted. Recruiters often forget about the journey that the website needs to take the 3Cs on:
Often, a recruitment marketer is too busy to see beyond the launch of the website – and hence the goal appears to be “launch and wave goodbye”. But any finance/managing director who has freed up marketing budget to buy a new recruitment website wants more money – they want candidates, clients, colleagues and cash (not just an online brochure).
How to Build a Recruitment Website
There’s lots of content out there about how to build a website, and many a recruitment marketer will know the pain of launching a new site whilst holding down their normal day job.
There are a decent number of recruitment specific website companies – many of them offering really valuable advice… but I discovered few practical tips for recruitment marketers to help them drag surfers through the critical buyer’s journey.
Recruitment Website Mistake 1 – Look Dumb!
With GDPR, the focus on the 3Csand recruitment leaders wanting to invest more in their recruiters, personality has never been so important. But often I look at a recruitment website, then meet the business leaders and recruiters and it’s night and day! In the board room I see passionate advocates of their niche – online “we are the fastest growing, boring, USPless job board” (sorry – tough love!)
Why? Because when recruiters “go online” they dumb down… they “de-niche” and they lose their personality. Confidence disappears and recruitment websites do not “sell”. And the blog just talks about “recruitment”
Have a think whilst you read this blog about how you can inject some personality into your recruitment website.
Recruitment Website Mistake 2 – Ignoring your 404 Page
So – this is the page you’d rather not have people go to – the page which people get to as they have entered an incorrect page on your site, or you have directed to them to a page which no longer exists. Why is it that some many recruitment websites go “doh!” amend don’t take the opportunity to drive the surfer to somewhere useful?
If people give a damn enough to come to your site, and then accidentally hit a page which has been deleted / moved, then why are you just saying “computer says no!”? Stick out your hand and guide them to where you want them to go.
Recruitment Website Mistake 3 – Having a Pants Search Results Screen
To be fair I did quite a bit of research on this and there was nothing that I could plagiarise! My instincts are that if people want to find “stuff” on your website, then making the results screen as engaging as possible is crucial. Have a think about how to get them to click on the bits YOU want them to click on to. And if you have any great ideas on this, share them with me
Recruitment Website Mistake 4 – Contact Us – Or Rather, Kill the Lead!
So you spend a fortune in time, money and emotion on getting people to come to your website. They surf about and bingo!, they want to catch up with you. Then you flick your hair and wander away…? Crazy recruiters!
I feel that the Contact Us page is THE most important page on your site. They are coming in to your shop asking for help… Hubspot agrees and has a helpful blog about the best contact us pages.
So many contact us pages are uninspiring, “templatey”, prone to getting people to NOT contact you.
What can you do with your contact page to engage and CONVERT? It’s not enough that they come to your site and your Google Analytics stats improve. You want them to “buy” from you with a subscription (GDPR alert!) or a job application, or dare we suggest that they want to speak to you… Let’s get recruiters’ phones ringing again!
Let’s Make Recruitment Websites Great Again
I couldn’t resist the “Trumpism”. Take a look at your site… figure out which pages you really want people to go to and then ask yourself if they are working hard enough for you… and can you use a little personality in them to drive conversions.
Capitalise on errors
Turn searches into conversions
Make contact easy!
Create a recruitment website that attracts and retains clients, candidates and consultants…
I train and mentor recruitment marketers to generate the 4Cs: candidates, clients, colleagues and cash.
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How to Use Recruitment Awards in 2022 to Drive Your Sales Pipeline
We’re passionate about recruitment awards! Whether you’re entering, winning, attending or spying, there’s ROI to be had for recruiters, beyond simply having a recruitment award trophy.There are 2 things I want to talk about today:The Recruitment Awards happening in 2022A top tip on how to run your recruitment sales strategy with awards, without even submitting an awards entry!We Are Award Winners!We are proud to be triple award winners, including the APSCo award for Affiliate Member of the Year. Luckily, we followed our own advice when submitting our entries. As a frequent judge and recruitment marketing mentor, I help recruitment marketers to craft their awards entries and to focus on which awards are really going to add value.(Recruitment Award Winning Hack: often the best awards are the ones which are NOT recruitment specific – i.e. the ones for your sector… which are not always recruitment – IT / Games / Medical, etc.)1. Your List of Recruitment Awards for 2022Check out our 2022 list recruitment awards list below! (Have we missed any recruitment awards for the remainder of 2022? Contact Us to get them added.)This year recruiters need to do more with less. The goal is never to win an award. The goal is to generate more speed and pipeline. To give you support, we’ve created our Recruitment Awards Toolkit for recruitment leaders, recruiters and marketers to improve their awards submissions, and see ROI from the events (whether they enter, win, or simply attend!).Onrec AwardsMarch 2022 - The prestigious Onrec Awards 2022 Ceremony now in its 16th year has cemented itself in the calendar as the industry's must attend event. Not only is it an evening to celebrate the very best in Online Recruitment but it is also a chance to network with the very best suppliers and HR in recruitment.Recruiter AwardsSeptember 2022 - The iconic Recruiter Awards is the UK’s largest event for the entire recruitment community, recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters. Achievements in recruitment marketing and technology also are spotlighted on the night.APSCo Awards for ExcellenceSeptember 2022 - The APSCo Awards for Excellence are a prestigious accolade in professional recruitment. The awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the professional recruitment sector and are a unique indicator of professional standards. They are widely recognised by clients as well as the recruitment sector. The awards are free to enter and open to all APSCo members.TIARA Recruitment AwardsOctober 2022 - The TIARA Recruitment Awards recognises excellence in the UK’s best performing recruitment companies with revenues above £5m.The Recruitment Marketing AwardsOctober 2022 - The Recruitment Marketing Awards 2022 feature 26 categories plus the “Grand Prix” overall winner. They recognise how outstanding creativity, combined with the right medium, results in successful recruitment campaigns.The Global Recruiter UK Industry AwardsNovember 2022 - The Global Recruiter Industry Awards celebrates the best of the best in recruitment. The Awards are totally free to enter, which means that the smallest and newest players in the industry have the chance to be recognised alongside established organisations.NORAsNovember 2022 - Established in 2001, the National Online Recruitment Awards have been created to acknowledge and reward excellence in online recruitment practice. They are dedicated to the continual improvement and evolution of the candidate experience. As a previous judge and recruitment marketing whizz, my expertise in recruitment websites delivering ROI could help you nail this one!2. Recruitment Awards Driving Your Sales Strategy (Without Even Entering)Let's face it, now more than ever, your inbound sales strategies are absolutely crucial in a post-pandemic world where the war for talent is raging, counteroffers are rife, and clients need recruiters that they can trust, who understand their niche.My top tip to add turbo to your sales strategy? Speedily research which awards are prevalent in your niche sectors, and track the shortlists and winners and use this data to target your client base. By definition, clients that are entering awards, tend to be high growth, ambitious, and likely have money and time to spend on recruitment too!. Surely?We know how important it is to see ROI from entering awards. It’s great to win and be recognised, but what about not entering at all, and simply using the awards process to drive your sales process? Use this great awards list website (and Google) to help you unearth a list of awards in your sectors. Plot the dates into your diaries and pick up the phone! DOWNLOAD YOUR RECRUITMENT AWARDS TOOLKITHIIT Us, Recruiters!Speaking of growth and wins, our recruitment training platform, Recruitment HIIT, was built to solve recruiter's pain points and provide solutions to help recruiters and recruitment leaders save time, develop speedy processes and generate more of the 4Cs - candidates, clients, colleagues and cash!Try Recruitment HIIT. We understand the importance of having a sales-led marketing strategy, automating your recruitment workflows and using your recruitment systems to get the best out of your teams. 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How to Build a Winning Candidate Attraction and Client Partnership Strategy
If retaining current clients is 6 to 7 times less costly than acquiring new ones, as a recruiter or resourcer, you need to focus on effective account management and BD driving your sales. In today’s candidate-short market, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd, especially considering 73% of recruiters are suffering from a candidate shortage.Lisa spoke at Hinterview’s online event, Building Winning Client Partnerships to Secure Quality Candidates.Building Winning Client Partnerships to Secure Quality CandidatesYou need a simple yet effective recruitment process to attract, engage, retain and convert your candidates. How can you create a winning candidate strategy to drive a super effective recruitment process through nailing account management and comms with your clients?Lisa joined Hinterview alongside a panel of recruitment leaders and experts to discuss: Working with your client to embed effective marketing strategies that deliver serious ROI.WIIFM – the benefits of having a recruitment workflow driven by close client partnerships – more candidates, a stronger pipeline.How to work with your clients to streamline recruitment processes and secure quality candidates.Watch Lisa's 1-Minute Pep Talk to Recruiters, With HinterviewWATCH HINTERVIEW'S CLIENT PARTNERSHIPS WEBINAR HEREBuilding a Winning Candidate Attraction StrategyOn average, recruiters take 13 hours a week sourcing candidates. That's way too much time – and leaves no time for screening, interviewing and, placing! Plus, the best candidates are off the market within 10 days! In a previous webinar, Lisa joined Hinterview’s panel to discuss how you can create a simple yet effective recruitment strategy to attract your ideal candidates, so you can screen, interview and place them. (And perhaps, re-place them!)WATCH HINTERVIEW'S CANDIDATE ATTRACTION WEBINAR HERETurbo Boost Your Recruitment ProcessWe have a new Hinterview HIIT on our recruitment training platform, Recruitment HIIT, to help you add serious turbo to your recruitment processes. Hintro and Hinterview and game-changing tools that can give you the push you need to use video to drive engagement and generate significant ROI. Our Hinterview and Hintro HIIT will help you attract, engage, convert, and retain your ideal candidates and clients, and it's great for colleagues too! Watch the webinar then head over to Recruitment HIIT and discover top tips to boost your recruitment workflow.HIIT Us, Recruiters!Our high intensity interval training - Recruitment HIIT - helps recruiters and resourcers source, convert quicker and develop healthy pipelines, and helps marketers generate more of the 3Cs- candidates, clients, colleagues. We aim to save every recruiter and marketer at least 1 hour per day (6 working weeks a year) - more billing time, more fees!We’d love you to try Recruitment HIIT for free for 7 days.WATCH THE HINTERVIEW WEBINAR HERETRY RECRUITMENT HIIT 7 DAYS FOR FREEBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS RECRUITMENT TRAINING
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