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Top 10 Rec Tech Stories of 2014

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Technology has played an important role in the recruitment industry over the last few years, and with 2014 being no different we have enjoyed yet another year of innovation and developments.

Video interviewing platforms, social media, ATS, cloud software and of course mobile recruitment have taken the industry spotlight. Here at Recruitment Buzz, we have compiled the top 10 stories on technology in the recruitment industry…
1. Qatar Airways is using a system called “Sonru” for recruitment

One-way video interviewing helps Qatar Airways to kick start the preliminary selection process before the actual face to face interview.

Like a traditional interview, candidates don’t see the questions in advance. They click on a link in the invitation to read the questions and answer them one by one with a brief rehearsal and instructions on how to get ready.

Candidates cannot stop, pause or restart an interview once they begin. Qatar Airways can set the maximum read and answer times for each question. It is then decided when to review the candidate responses, and they can be viewed multiple times.

Links to the interview can be sent to hiring managers who can record their feedback of the candidate.

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2. 5 Best WordPress Job Board Plugins

Although WordPress is a highly powerful and widely popular Content Management System, it can also work as an Application Framework. WordPress can be used as Job Board Software for posting job vacancies and for taking job applications from your users.

In the following post, we showcase a collection of Best WordPress Job Board Plugins which can be used to post job vacancies and for submission of resumes and job applications.

WordPress Job Board Plugins provide an easy way out to integrate a fully fledged job board directly into your WordPress Site. We have taken care to include highly useful and popular Job Board Plugins in the list that follows. Some of these WordPress Plugins come for a price while the rest can be downloaded for free.

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3. Nestle and Strengths-Based Video Interviews: Is this the Future of Graduate Recruitment?

With an aging workforce threatening to broaden a widely reported skills gap, millennial graduates are becoming ever more sought-after by companies in a bid to win the war for talent. However, some companies are struggling to attract and retain top graduate talent and when you consider that by 2020, graduates will make up 75% of the global workforce, this could pose a very large problem. So how can companies combat this issue and lure in talented grads?

Despite being a household name, Nestle, the world-leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company has been facing the problem of attracting and retaining graduates. In a recent webinar, they discussed how they resolved it. During the webinar, the fundamentals and benefits of video strengths-based interviewing were considered, as well as the advantages of using asynchronous video interviewing to act as a vehicle by which to conduct them.

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4. Seven recruitment tools you need

We assess the cutting-edge technologies and tools that have the potential to revolutionise recruitment

As anyone who has queued overnight in the cold for the latest smartphone will tell you, keeping up with technology isn’t easy. But with many HR departments taking more responsibility for resourcing, it is essential to get to grips with the myriad recruiting channels, tools and technologies that have emerged in recent years.

Although areas such as social and mobile recruiting are still subject to considerable hype, they are growing in importance and HR needs to assess where their true value lies. Today everyone can be found somewhere on the web; the challenge is what to do next. “There is already a plethora of social recruiting tools to find people quickly – that is not the problem,” says Andy Headworth, social recruiting specialist and founder of Sirona Consulting. “The problem is how to best communicate, contact and engage with the people you find in a time-effective way.”

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5. Lights, camera, action!

Job seekers may want to get ready for their close-ups, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. More than six in 10 (63%) HR managers interviewed said their company often conducted employment interviews via video. This is up from just 14% one year ago. In addition, 13% of respondents expect their organisation to use video more frequently to meet with applicants over the next three years. Eighty-five per cent anticipate the number of video interviews would remain the same in that period.

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6. Applicant Tracking Software and Modern Recruitment Demands

Applicant tracking software and recruitment technology, in general, have come a long way – especially over the last few years. The way businesses and individuals interact has undergone a sea change with social media and digital technologies driving the revolution. Traditional recruiting strategies are becoming outdated and ineffective.  Attempts to interact with potential candidates using older traditional methods could turn away the top talent that your company really wants to attract.  In order to keep up with the trends and continue to attract the best employees, you must ramp up your recruiting software capabilities and take a close look at your applicant tracking system.

In the case of applicant tracking software, employers are not looking to build just a resume repository anymore. They have a critical need for a platform that helps them find and attract top talent from a variety of modern-day relevant sources, in addition to providing next-gen applicant tracking features.

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7. Top 5 most sought after IT skill-sets right now

For IT recruiters, the pursuit of talent is relentless. It’s a never-ending game of cat and mouse as IT industries are growing whilst supply is drastically limited.

The disparity between high-end tech roles and the talent available to fit these roles is a worry to employers. According to the annual CIO report from global research company Gartner (Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda) “Fifty-one percent of CIOs are concerned that the digital torrent is coming faster than they can cope, and 42% don’t feel they have the right skills and capabilities in place to face this future.”

According to a report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, this year alone, we have witnessed the sharpest drop of permanent staff availability for over 16 years. Contract staff has also deteriorated its most acute since 1997.

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8. Rise Of The Mobile Job Seeker

The days when recruiters and newspapers were the only way to get a new job are long gone. Most people are now actively searching for work and they’re doing it whenever and wherever thanks to the smartphone.

With more than 75% of the UK population now owning a mobile device, the demand generation is here and guess what? They’re looking for work.

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9. Gone Mobile: How the Job Search Has Changed

Jobsite Indeed.com has launched an infographic, looking at how mobile job search is changing.

Based on Indeed job search traffic for smartphones and survey data, the infographic reveals that 50% of worldwide job search on Indeed is now mobile (a 67% increase on 2013).

Other key stats include:

* Birmingham tops the list of mobile job searches for UK cities, with 54% of searches coming from mobile – followed by Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester. London comes in at 5th.

* The top 5 regions for mobile job search traffic on Indeed are Korea, Japan, South Africa, Singapore followed by the UK and Australia.

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10. How Technology is Improving the Candidate Experience

Finding a job has become more competitive than ever and therefore it is essential that recruiters make use of all options available to make a job search for candidates as easy as possible.

One aspect that has helped the applying to jobs experience is technology. Applicant tracking systems are always investing in new ways for candidates to present themselves to headhunters better, and social networks such as LinkedIn are always adding more targeted job search functions.

Here we will explore the top applicant tracking systems, social networks and mobile apps which will all help to improve the candidate experience…

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