Every day, our lives become more dynamic, and looking for that perfect next step in our professional career is no different. Imagine Easton Cruise, a newly graduated engineer looking for a challenging position with a great employer. Depending on the decade, the process would be widely different.
In the 80’s, Easton would read the vacancy listings in the local newspaper and send a formal letter to announce his interest.
The 90’s saw a growth in the importance of networks, recruitment being more based on referrals and tips. Easton would then have to call the company or vice versa to set up an interview or fax his CV.
The 2000’s was the decade of Internet mainstreaming. With everyone having access to everyone through the Internet, companies could list their vacancies online, and candidates would apply by e-mail or filling out a form on the website.
So what about the 2010’s, what is the recruitment hallmarks of this decade? Well, with technology moving faster than ever, we can look at the 2010-2015 and 2015-2020 as almost two different “decades”.
The 2010-2015 involved widespread professionalizing of recruitment through ATS’s (Applicant Tracking Systems). Previously used mostly by larger corporations, this suddenly became a staple also with mid-sized business. Even though the frontend might look much the same to Easton as a simple form, an ATS allows the employer to process data more effectively, as well as automate interaction with candidates.
2015-2020, however, will probably see a strong shift towards mobile interfaces. Candidates are beginning to expect the opportunity to apply through whatever device they are currently on. If Easton reads a vacancy ad while standing in the checkout queue at K-market, he wants to be able to apply right there and then, and not have to wait for the next time he comes across a computer.
The implication for employers is that they need an ATS that enables candidates to move through with their application on their own terms, with a device of their choosing, and when they want to. Even if the candidate is able to wait for later, just the lack of mobile adaptation might be a red flag in terms of how professional and dynamic they perceive the employer to be.
Luckily, more and more ATS providers are starting to adapt their systems for mobile. With EasyCruit by Visma, the entire application process is already perfectly tailored to mobile interfaces.
What’s more, the applicant can autofill most fields with data from their Facebook or LinkedIn profile to make the process quicker. They can even save the application and continue at a later convenience.
Don’t miss out on the best applicants – go mobile with EasyCruit by Visma today!
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