It’ll probably come as little surprise to you that job-seeker behaviour has changed massively in the last few years. Digital is spurring the transformation, giving way to new trends in how candidates search and apply for jobs, and gain insight into potential employers.
The issue is, while colleges know they’ve got to appeal to a new breed of job-seeker (time-pressed, digital savvy, etc.), most recruitment strategies fall short of the mark. But don’t worry, FEjobs can help.
Madgex recently published its Global Job-seeker Survey Report, which provides a heap of invaluable insights into how job-seekers think, feel and act when looking for their next role.
We scoured through the stats to find those most relevant to colleges – take note, as they could help you fine-tune your recruitment strategy and bag the very best in lecturing talent.
- Mobile matters
With many of us now glued to our smartphones, it’s understandable that 47% of candidates said it’s important for a job board to be easy to use on a mobile. Mobile-friendly sites allow people to search and apply on the move, making the job search process a lot more convenient.
Unlike our main competitors, FEjobs formats every single advert for mobile access without charging you extra for the privilege.
- Sector-specific job searches are important
Candidates were asked what attributes of a job board they most care about. More than six in ten (62%) said that having a ‘jobs in my sector’ function was important and we can see why – no one wants to waste time trawling through irrelevant job ads. This isn’t a problem with the FEjobs job board, as it’s strictly education-only.
Another important attribute was the ‘quality of jobs,’ cited by 63% of candidates. We take pride in the fact that 93% of our jobs are direct with colleges – there are no fake jobs to feed unrelated or unscrupulous agencies, and no bots cloning jobs from other sites just to give us bulk.
Almost half (45%) of candidates begin their job search on a job search engine, demonstrating just how important job boards are in the recruitment process.
- Live messaging is a key feature
Live chat and chat bots have become key website features for companies across many industries – recruitment being one of them. Almost a third (28%) of 18-25 year-olds and 24% of 26-35 year-olds told Madgex they’ve used live messaging whilst job searching – therefore, they’re key for the age groups schools want to target. fejobs.com already has this function for recruiters, with the candidate-facing one ready very soon (watch this space!).
- Irrelevant job ads a top peeve
One of the main frustrations cited by job-seekers was irrelevant jobs appearing in their searches, cited by 43% of candidates. That’s an increase from 38% in the previous year’s study, suggesting the issue could be getting worse. Of course, this works both ways; what’s perhaps worse is when a suitable job doesn’t reach the right candidate because it’s labelled so badly.
FEjobs’ search function is globally one of the most advanced in online recruitment. The taxonomy that links types of jobs with words searches is completely bespoke, built by our team of ex-teachers. Also, because our colleges can post their own jobs, the upload process is the most user-friendly in the entire sector, guiding the college in using targeted keywords as the job role title.
We strongly believe our job board and technology has the potential to transform your college’s recruitment strategy for the better. Let’s get the ball rolling – get in touch today to find out more!
Content originally published on eTeach.