How many apps do you have on your phone? If you are like most employees working in the San Francisco Bay Area, probably quite a few. How many of them do you use on a daily basis? Recruiting for technology companies in Silicon Valley we hear firsthand from clients adopting technology for use in recruiting. Most use an ATS or HRIS system. Mobile is more important than ever before, yet, surprising not many companies have embraced apps as a part of their recruiting program.
Apps allow recruiters to be where their candidates are whether they are passive or active. There are quite a few apps out right now; they vary in look, functionality and price. Searching for them can be overwhelming so here are three great free recruiting apps to get you started.
SmartRecruiter has an entire platform designed for hiring success with different plans available. The individual basic plan is free and it includes mobile job ad creation, job distribution, applicant tracking, interview scheduling, recruiter mobile app, and access to vendor marketplace. One of their selling features is that they are a mobile first platform, “A mobile-first platform at its core supports a world gone mobile. This includes mobile-optimized career sites and landing pages with terrific branding, seamless candidates-apply experience from any mobile device, and dedicated mobile apps for recruiters and hiring managers to easily engage on-the-go talent.” This is a great app if you are looking to jump head first into mobile with a new platform.
Jobvite has multiple apps, with differing functionality. The basic app works quite like its website, as do its competitors such as Monster and Indeed. Jobvite however, has special applications that work with Facebook to allow you to source candidates from the behemoth social media platform. Jobvite has two applications that work with Facebook, Work With Us and the Jobvite Facebook Application, these allow users to add job tabs to any Facebook page, “The tab can be used to display current job listings directly within the company Facebook page, allowing users to search the listings and apply for jobs through Facebook. Alternatively, they can send ‘jobvites’ to other users who may be interested in the ad, working as job referrals. This activity is all tracked, making it possible for the recruiter to monitor the progress and interest in all job openings. The ‘Jobvite Facebook Application’ app creates a large network of all of their Facebook friend’s connections, enabling recruiters or employees to easily search for potential matches to available jobs, using the app’s matching technology.” If you are into social media and Facebook is your go-to for sourcing, these applications will be perfect for you. It allows ease of tracking, and if you are using Jobvite it will be an easy transition into mobile.
Switch looks and acts a lot like the popular dating app Tinder. It works off the premise that recruiters typically spend 6 seconds skimming your resume, so Switch condenses a candidates LinkedIn profile and shows you the most pertinent information, swipe right to begin a chat, or left if they aren’t a match. You can also go to an email format if a chat seems too informal. One of the key features of Switch is it hides the candidates identity. This feature gives passive candidates peace of mind that their confidential job search will stay that way. If you are looking for speed and passive candidates, this is likely the app for you.
The emergence of all of these great apps and new technologies will never replace recruiters and the human connection, but they can assist and make the process easier for everyone involved. Apps, mobile, and social are here to stay, so try these out and see what works for you. If you need help with your recruiting strategy give us a call, we have AIRS certified online recruiters who can help you.