Recruitment Tech in 2022 – What do you need to keep up with?
Keeping up with changing technology can feel overwhelming. Not to mention it can make you feel very old when any young people in your life can jump on the latest tech trend without batting an eyelid!
Even if you know your TikTok from your Twitter, keeping up with changes and the latest newcomers to the market for recruitment technology can feel like a full-time job.
There’s no denying that the recruitment market has changed over the last 18 months, and technology is now evolving faster than ever. How are you keeping up? And, perhaps a bigger question, do you even need to keep up or are some of the tech changes just fads that will come and go quicker than Clubhouse?
How easy is it to keep up with new recruitment software for your business?
As long as you invest some time, there really is no excuse for not keeping up with recruitment technology. There are events on an almost daily basis that will help you broaden your knowledge of the various software, apps and plugins that can be used in your recruitment business.
From the Recruitment Agency Expo, the UK’s biggest recruitment conference held twice a year, to smaller, more targeted tech events like those run by UK Recruiter, there are in-person and online events you can sign up for to learn more about recruitment tech. Even better, these events are usually free. It is simply a time investment (and we all have plenty of that to spare, don’t we?!)
Maybe it’s too easy to joke about having free time, but it is worth taking a few hours out of the diary to update your knowledge. There are some fantastic recruitment tech tools out there that will help save you time and streamline your business.
Are all these tech changes necessary?
Still not convinced that these technology changes are necessary? Here are some of the basic software tools that have helped improve recruitment for everyone involved, whether that’s speeding up the process or improving the candidate experience.
Recruitment CRMs or applicant tracking systems – anyone who has been in the recruitment industry for 20 years or more will remember the days of paper CVs, filing cabinets full of records and faxing information. It was unbelievably time-consuming to recruit in this way. CRMs and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have evolved at a rapid pace recently. Not only are they a secure way of storing candidate data, but the more sophisticated systems allow ranking of engaged candidates, have CV parsing tools, allow temp scheduling and feature plugins for many other useful recruitment tools. Maybe it’s time to refresh your recruitment database software.
Video Interviewing – video interviewing existed in the pre-pandemic recruitment world, but it’s come into its own over the last two years. You could be using a dedicated recruitment video interviewing platform like Hinterview or Odro or simply scheduling calls via Zoom, but video interviewing is a must. If it’s not offered, we’re seeing candidates dropping out of the recruitment process. It’s convenient, involves less time commitment and is fantastic for early-stage interviews.
Background screening – a must in many roles, especially those in the care sector or financial services. Pre-employment checks add extra security for you, and even without meeting a person face to face, you can verify their identity using recruitment tech. Attaching relevant documents to the individual’s record on your CRM allows for further efficiency.
LinkedIn and social media – not just for sharing memes or taking selfies. LinkedIn and other social media platforms are the perfect way to source and target candidates. With so much choice on the market for job applicants, you can’t wait for them to come to you. With social ads, you can be hyper-targeted and personalised in your approach. Are you leveraging these platforms to get the best return?
Rewards programmes – ideal when it comes to temporary and contractor recruitment, you need a platform that is easy to use and offers a variety of rewards to help boost engagement and loyalty. At Remus, our online platform is simple to roll out and covers rewards from high street shopping vouchers to financial planning and even mental health support.
Payroll and pensions software – leading on from the above, a rewards system that integrates with payroll and pensions software is not only easy to facilitate, but it is now widely available. We work with partners like Octopaye and TBOS to ensure contractors are paid in a timely, compliant manner, and they can still earn rewards.
Never compromise on cyber security
Whatever your technology needs or what you plan to roll out next year always, always keep cyber security in mind. We should be more conscious than ever regarding data security and protecting technology.
With more of us working from home and using our own devices, the risks of data breaches and viruses are more prevalent. Ensure you have processes in place to use secure connections and that documents are both safe and backed up.
Make recruitment technology one of your priorities in 2022; you won’t regret it.