There’s no doubt about it, data is one of the most valuable commodities in the world - the Economist announced in 2017 that it is now more valuable than oil. And who is dealing with the largest amount of data in the world - yes, search engine giant Google.
Google is fully in our lives now - according to Hubspot, over 92% of searches are conducted on Google. Google is built on all Android operating systems and we think that Google Assist will continue its massive growth and be huge. Google is here and it’s here to stay. We wanted to talk a bit more about Google for Jobs and what it means for recruiters.
Reverse Delta’s Operations Director, Dave Haygarth gives his thoughts in this blog post about the opportunity Google for Jobs will provide for recruiters and what the implications are for the wider industry.
So, what does this mean for recruiters?
Like it or not, this is how things are going for jobs now. There’s not a lot we can do about the big blue box coming up when we search for things. It’s happening in a range of industries though, such as retail, airlines, hotels. It’s not personal to recruitment, Google is simply capitalising on the worth of people’s data. We may not like it, so we just need to play along or you won’t be able to play at all!
Will you still need a recruitment agency website?
Absolutely? As a recruiter, you will need to be able to receive the application and manage the candidate through the recruitment process. Your recruitment agency website is so much more than a repository for promoting jobs.
Plus, in order to put your job visible in Google for Jobs, you need to post it on a website first. Luckily, Reverse Delta’s award winning website design platform, FXRecruiter, automatically makes your jobs visible in Google for Jobs, so it’s one less thing to worry about - write a brilliant job description on your recruitment agency website and it’ll look (and work) great on Google…and if you don’t put the jobs on your recruitment agency website, your competitors will be doing and they will get all the applications, not you!
Will Google disrupt the recruitment industry?
Well, it is a case of wait and see, but my theory is that the job boards are more likely to be under a bigger threat. We know that sites like CV Library have done a massive project to analyse the data they currently have so that they can put more sophisticated algorithms together that follow people through a logical career journey, so fingers crossed, this investment and superior logic applied within a niche will ensure their success continues and competition remains in the marketplace.
There is also a potential threat to LinkedIn, although the social networking tools that they have developed should mean their user-base will remain loyal. It’s unlikely that Google will go back in this direction after their well-documented attempts to grow a social network through the ill-fated Google Plus. But, what they did (and continue to do) by integrating search into our lives so easily, is actually going to give them much better results than another social platform.
Where will job-seekers apply for roles in the future?
Moving forward, Google for Jobs is a transition piece right now. In a dystopian future, it’s feasible that you (the recruiter) may not control where people apply. Google could develop an “Apply on Google” option which will keep people on Google, and their data would sit outside of your website. Gone are their chances to visit your site and follow your own carefully crafted calls to action - to make the candidate yours and bring them into your brand and experience.
This could mean that retaining the user on Google will ultimately be the name of the game (for Google). However, if your agency has a good reputation, I would hazard a more optimistic guess that most candidates would opt to apply for a role via your website, rather than Google. Given the growing concerns about how voice assistants are listening and stealing our data, this is a real opportunity to show that your recruitment agency is a better place to apply for a job and to get that more personal touch - your expertise.
How does my FXRecruiter website work with Google for Jobs?
When you post a job to your recruitment agency website using FXRecruiter, they will automatically be as Google-friendly as possible (they are built with Google for Jobs schema microformat if you REALLY want to know).
Given our extensive SEO knowledge which is baked into FXRecruiter, you can be assured that job titles and keywords are placed in to our code exactly where Google is looking for them. Plus, the built-in jobs archive provides a massive “vault” of previous roles which will help you to perform well in Google. Basically, an expired job may come up in a search, but the candidate will be automatically directed to a similar role that is still live.
Is there anything else my recruitment agency website can do to help me get results?
I’d definitely recommend making sure your sitemap is up to date as this tells Google all about your website, so that it’s easy for the robots to crawl through your site and rank it.
And, there is so much data that you can get from Google so make sure you’re checking out your stats. Google’s Search Console will help you to track the amount of clicks and views your postings are getting and make sure it’s running correctly!
If you want more information about the brilliant SEO capabilities in the FXRecruiter platform, get in touch with one of our SEO tech experts on 08000 199737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.