Despite Brexit, hiring in the UK is – according to reports by both totaljobs and Jobrapido – either on the rise or holding the course.
In order to stay competitive, recruitment agencies – and hiring managers - must maintain a high candidate conversion rate, with ROI a crucial benchmark.
Naturally, increased demand for talent means candidates’ have more options to consider when deciding who to trust with their next move.
So, how do you get their attention?
Speaking to Executive Grapevine, Darren Clare, CEO of Stratton Craig, discussed why content is the best hook to catch candidates.
Create a verbal identity for your company
“Recruitment marketing is the most valuable strategy for connecting with candidates. But in a saturated market the focus needs to be on improving the chances of successful candidate engagement, not just on flooding every channel with job ads.
“Content marketing is a powerful tool proven to enhance recruitment efforts. Savvy marketers have picked up on the trend, investing time and resources in the creation of effective content strategies to engage candidates. Creating a strong identity for your […] brand is a crucial step in building a reputation that will help you attract the right people for the right positions.”
Don’t just curate and create, win your candidates over
“There is an increasing pressure placed on attracting talent, so recruiters must continue to rely on building and maintaining trusted relationships. Strong evidence that you or your company understands the industry in which you work can help your cause. Using content marketing to promote your own expertise is one method to consider to ensure you’re a trusted recruiter; Adecco [are] a great example of an agency that is actively producing content that inspires trust amongst jobseekers.”
What works? Make the most of content and channels
“Once you’ve planned what content you should be creating, you need a channel strategy. As consumers, we pursue, find and engage with brands across a range of media. This is no different with candidates. Aside from traditional media - for example your website, blog or email - there’s almost limitless possibilities when it comes to using social media to increase your brand presence, and share your message.
“LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter continue to be the most effective channels in the social recruitment landscape. But there are specialist platforms, too. For example, in technical recruitment there are a number of platforms, such as GitHub and Stack Overflow, where IT talent can be found and therefore where recruiters should also have a presence.
“A multifaceted channel strategy means that as blog success fades, or as social media platforms come and go, you won’t be trapped in a singular, underperforming channel. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to repurpose your message for different media and appeal to a larger number of potential candidates on a long-term basis.”