Adapting Job Boards to The New Normal In 2021

We are heading towards the ‘next’ normal. Everything around us has to adapt to the astounding change we have been subjected to. Especially in the hiring industry. Employees got laid off, organizations are adopting work from home permanently; the impact has been loud and strong. And if the repercussions are such, recruiters have to quickly adapt to these changes or risk becoming irrelevant. 

The top trends in the job boards and job aggregators domain are almost a mirror reflection of the top trends in the hiring industry by and large. Which in turn is a mirror reflection of the current job trends. It has to be observed at a macro level and not in silos.

So, what can you do to keep your job board abreast of all the latest developments? Here’s how.

1. Timing Is Everything

The demand-supply gap has never been wider. Job boards in 2021 should employ premium scraping services that crawl a vacancy on any website as soon as it is listed. Recruiters’ websites should be regularly scanned and any change should be immediately reflected in your job board. How do you really make that happen? Real-time tracking and updating the job board. Real-time deletion of expired job posts is just as important if you want no efforts to go wasted. What else would candidates need? And if all the potential candidates are flocking here, what’s to stop employers to purchase slots on your job boards?

2. Applicant Tracking Services

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is an HR software that acts as a data storehouse for candidates. It is the most effective way to organize, search, track, and communicate with large groups of applicants. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS as part of their recruiting strategy.

Even though ATS has been around for a while, we need to expand its horizons to tackle other recruitment issues. Companies usually hire for multiple positions at once. The great advantage of ATS is candidate-centric. From one dashboard, you can post openings across a multitude of job boards, apart from your website and company LinkedIn profile. Companies also receive innumerable applications for each opening. It is near impossible to track each of them manually, let alone scan every application made. ATS helps immensely in large scale recruitment.

Easiest solution? Get your job board to automate the entire process. Just integrate this software with your job board and get it ready for any new disruption in the hiring economy.

3. Reduce Screening Time

You have done your bit. You have matched, say, 53 candidates to an opening. They all, in theory, are perfect for the job. Does your job end here? It doesn’t. The idea is to streamline the process as much as possible for the hiring manager. There are multiple plugins available that will help your job board help the recruiters. The primary one is an API tool for direct communication between the employer and potential employee. They should never feel the need to leave your job board and look for a third-party platform to connect. Give them a variety of options: texts, calls, video calls. It could either be a native build-in or there are API plugins available for all popular video conferencing platforms. You could take it a notch higher.

You can help the recruiters narrow down the above mentioned 53 candidates to a neat 3. How? Just integrate your job board with skill evaluation tests which the employee can modify according to the skills they are looking for.

The biggest trend in job board is to be a one stop shop solution to all the hiring needs. Without compromising on time or quality. How would you make it easier for candidates? Talk about the company culture, salaries, work-life balance. Make it easier for them to make a decision. The longer you keep people hooked to your job board, the more you could charge for your advertising slots. That is how the cookie crumbles, after all.

4. Gig Economy

With remote working here to stay, candidates have finally had a chance to explore avenues beyond their regular 9 to 5. That means there is plenty of opportunity for recruiters to lap of specialists on a project basis. That would explain how 55% of the US gig workers also do have a secondary full-time employment. This has disrupted the regular job seeker and job applicant relationship.

What updates do we need to make to jo boards to keep up? Firstly, there should be a filter for candidates applying for gig jobs. JobsPikr’s automated tagging system crawls through the job posting and determines if it is remote or not. To take it up a notch, there should be a feature where freelancers can showcase their works and the reviews and ratings they have received for their past work. It adds relevance, authority and hastens the process.

Job boards need to make provisions to integrate third-party applications that allow this. They need to adapt their entire end-to-end operation, including the job wrapping process, to cater to this new demand.

5. Remote Recruitment

With a very important filter ‘location’ losing its meaning in 2020, job boards can create a niche section dedicated to remote recruitment or even have a new dedicated offshoot website for the same. The transition to remote work is mostly being viewed as a pilot run for more prominent telecommuting trends in the future. However, recruiters (or candidates) aren’t waiting until the dust settles to adjust accordingly: 84 percent of talent acquisition professionals are actively working to adapt their processes to work remotely.

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Not only does this shift allow teams to continue hiring despite social distancing, but it also allows them to cast a wider net when sourcing and open up their talent pool to multiple geographic locations. This will reduce cost-per-hire and just improve hiring outcomes. If this is what recruiters are seeking, job boards need to make way for this change by allowing for scraping services specific to what the recruiters seek.

6. A Complete Virtual Experience

Job fairs and seminars are extremely 2019. 2021 will be the year for scaling up hiring efforts by opening up channels of communications between employers and employees. You can sell virtual booths to employers and open their gates to a plethora of talented individuals from literally all across the world. These little things will make you the most sought-after job board in 2021.

How Can Top Job Boards Stay Relevant In Ever-Changing Times?

The job landscape is as undulating as it gets. You have to keep up with the shifting trends to stay relevant. Seems like a lot to take in and implement? We have got your back. A premium job scraping service JobsPikr has the solutions to everything you need to stay relevant.

a). Time-value Proposition

What truly sets us apart is aggregating up-to-date and quality job postings, formatting them properly, and delivering them straight to your database. It crawls the source websites regularly so as to never miss a listing: fresh data from thousands of websites refreshed on a daily basis.

b). Remote Work and Gig economy

To cater to the most disruptive shift in recruitment technology, we recently launched a new field in our data, viz., is_remote. Our automated tagging system can read through a posting and determine if the nature thereof is remote or not. This is a simple Boolean field that would have an either-or situation. You don’t have to scan through rows of data anymore to screen for remote work anymore. Tap in the best of the best from anywhere in the world. The same can be extended to cater to the shape-shifting gig economy.

c). Salary inference for ease of decision

Candidates should be aware of their worth and what they can or cannot expect. Salary figures on job boards can no longer work as text fields. JobsPikr delivers salary inferences split across four separate, query-able fields: inferred_salary_currency, inferred_salary_from, inferred_salary_to, inferred_salary_time_unit.

We are trying to modify our model so that it can predict salaries on the basis of the job description and job trees for that opening. This completely plugs the gap where salary information is not provided as a separate field on the source website.

Now that we are closing in on 2020, 2021 will be the moment where everybody chooses to act on the changes this strange year has brought about. These ‘job board trends’ are not your regular flimsy trends that have innocuously short life cycles. These disruptions are here to stay. They will only be built upon. Not demolished. It truly is time to upgrade your job board. Upgrade and upend.

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