As if the pace of change and demands of a talent short market are not enough, global recruiting agencies must now add integration of mobile recruiting to their project list. My advice is that we all get busy doing this because as the infographic from Hirerabbit shows below, mobile recruiting is a growing trend and it will impact access to candidates. I hope the data you find in this infographic gets you thinking about the importance of a mobile strategy for your independent recruiting agency. Let me know what you think by posting a comment or sharing this with your fellow recruiters.
Have you been out to lunch today? Take a look around on the streets, on the sidewalks, on benches, in line and in restaurants…people are using smart phones. Some of these people are using Facebook or texting but more than a few are connecting to global recruiting resources and job search tools. That’s right—they are using tools to look for a job while you (perhaps an employer or a recruiter) stand behind them in line waiting for your lunch order or walking by them on the sidewalk. Maybe these mobile job seekers are in your waiting room right now prepping for an interview with you on a mobile app?
Here are a few of the apps candidates are using to do job searches with mobile tools like smart phones and tablets. These tools must be viewed as recruiting resources to attract talent or you will be missing out on the next generation of talent. The ones referenced here are for iPhone. Similar versions are available for Android and other phones and tablets. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you doing any global recruiting? Have you ever wished for a quick and inexpensive way to reach out to clients, candidates, or other recruiters? Recently I was made aware of a mobile phone application, Whatsapp, which is basically an IM service for your cell phone. It’s available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Nokia phones. Whatsapp uses your phone’s Internet connection and even supports audio and video transfer. Oh, and did I mention you won’t pay international text fees?
That’s right. Free international texting.
I realize there are lots of other communication tools, but they tend to have limitations in terms of platform support, accessibility, cost, and speed. Whatsapp avoids these issues by making use of the same data plan you already have on your phone. Here are some ways you can use Whatsapp in your global recruiting efforts:
- Confirm interviews with candidates (or clients) without having to rely on email, which may not be received on time
- Reach out to global recruiting partners for communication updates such as, “Thanks for forwarding that resume. I got it.”
- Connect with clients for issues that are time-sensitive and/or happen outside normal working hours.
People are relying more and more on their mobile devices, and are connected to them from very early in the morning until very late at night, including weekends. In our global recruiting network, we are continually frustrated with delayed responses due to the huge time zone differences. It’s especially frustrating when the weekend has already started in other countries and by the time a response is seen, it’s already someone else’s Tuesday. Using a tool like Whatsapp can help get faster answers to time-sensitive questions.
For Android users (including me) Whatsapp is a free download. iPhone users pay US$.99 to download the app. After a free one-year trial, the service costs a whopping US$1.99 annually. Oh, and Whatsapp doesn’t sell ads.
What’s your favorite app to assist with your global recruiting activities?