At this year’s Work Awesome conference, Reflik earned the top spot in the category of “Best Sourcing Technology” as part of 2019’s The Workies awards. Reflik edged out finalists in the category, which included runners-up, Greenhouse and JobDiva. [Read more…]
It has been a long time since the talent pool for most professional jobs was as small as it is now, something all too familiar to Dave Murry of Cloud Talent. He has been recruiting for IT and engineering roles for 25 years and is fully aware of the talent acquisition problems those industries currently face. He shares the benefits of running your recruiting business on Reflik.
Few would disagree with the assessment of the extent and depth of change in recruitment happening right now. With unemployment at an all-time low in the US, it’s getting harder for businesses to recruit the right people for the right roles. As such, more companies are turning to recruiters to fill their roles and Reflik helps recruiters spend more time finding candidates and less time chasing new clients and jobs to work on.
We spoke to him about the struggles of recruiting for IT and engineering and how Reflik’s unique model helped move his business forward.
With an increase in cyber attacks, companies and organizations are more focused than ever on increasing cybersecurity and protecting data. While big companies struggle to cope with these security breaches, small businesses are equally at risk. They’re often even a bigger target for cybercriminals because their security defenses are weaker than those of larger companies.
This means that cybersecurity professionals are more necessary than ever. But this high demand for security is creating a severe shortage of cybersecurity talent for companies of all sizes. In 2019, companies are becoming more desperate to come up with solutions for recruiting and hiring skilled professionals.
In a tight job market, the costs of hiring slowly are more significant than most hiring managers and talent acquisition teams realize. Current Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that unemployment is lower than it has been for over a decade. Industry analysts warn now that it is too low for long-term sustainability.
From a job seeker’s perspective, this is a positive situation. It means they may leave one job and experience no great difficulty in acquiring relevant employment elsewhere. From an employer’s perspective, this buyer’s market makes hiring difficult. Ghosting, where a contact goes silent and doesn’t respond to attempts at communication – a problem once limited to the world of online dating – is now common in recruitment. Employees are accepting jobs and then either canceling on the Friday before the Monday they are due to start a new job, or simply not turning up for work on day one because they had another, better, offer. [Read more…]
Each new year brings gradual changes to the recruiting industry. These recruiting trends can be a result of new technology, political change, cultural changes and/or social transition. Whether these new trends come from any or all of those sources, we, at Reflik, have had our ear to the ground in anticipation. Here are some of our predictions for the trends in recruiting industry in 2017:
Increased competition in both software and firms
With new staffing agencies and recruiting software companies entering the market, it gets more difficult for each one to stand out. We foresee these companies having to spend much more on sales and marketing this year with additional funds being used to create an identifiable logo, a strong presence and a sleek, engaging website to attract new customers. We also predict that some agencies will do the opposite. They may opt to save on costs and worry a little bit less about their brand’s exposure so that they can focus solely on recruiting. Agencies can do just that with a recruiting platform like Reflik. In a marketplace like ours, agencies do not have to worry about attracting any clients because recruiters have access to a multitude of requisitions. Recruiters earn a fee for each placement made on our platform.
Demand for new skills
With new technologies and ideas come new practices, with new practices come new needs, and with new needs come new jobs. Whether its big data doctors or augmented reality analysts, there are always changes in the types of jobs on the market each year. This means it is up to recruiters to know what these roles are and what they require. We suggest that recruiters follow blogs in different industries to get a sense of where job roles and expectations are heading.
Diversity of candidates
Aside from the obvious need for inclusion and diversity from a demographic sense, each year companies are becoming a little more open to looking beyond the “traditional candidate.” Such changes in employer behavior will allow recruiters to easily target millennial candidates whose backgrounds are different from candidates a decade ago. Recruiters and, in turn, employers should ask themselves questions such as: do the candidates really need a traditional four-year educational background? Do they really need to have five years’ experience exclusive to one industry? Is knowledge of one technology transferable to another? These sorts of questions are going to be raised more frequently as companies are looking to attract a younger, more diverse generation entering the workforce. If employers and recruiters underestimate this trend, then they might overlook great candidates.
Need for human element
The push towards adopting new recruiting technology can sometimes have an adverse effect on recruiters. While technology facilitates interactions with candidates, it can also create more barriers to the critical human interaction needed in this industry. It is vital to develop an actual relationship with candidates in order to attract the quality person you are seeking rather than a large number of unqualified candidates. Recruiters cannot be replaced by technology when it comes to conducting certain critical tasks. Take for example a recruiter’s expertise when it comes to matching a candidate’s personality to a prospective employer’s work culture, can technology handle this? Reflik understands this need for the human element. Our platform allows agency recruiters to perform their functions with a significant degree of flexibility and equips them with the information that is required to find the best candidates.
That being said, none of these trends are certain, but we are expecting an exciting and prosperous recruiting year!
Here at Reflik we get a lot of questions about sourcing the best candidates for any given job requirement. While there is no one absolute method to go about it nor is there one place to find all of your quality candidates, we thought we would give you a few of our sourcing tips to find great candidates.
Sourcing Tip 1) Plan Your Search
It’s best to know what you are looking for in a candidate before you actually start sourcing. Recruiters often overlook what the client is asking of them. Understanding the exact requirements of the job opening/position is critical to finding the right person for the job: his or her title, skill, expertise. After conducting initial searches, make sure to break out the trusty internal thesaurus and begin searching for alternative titles, skills, technologies and etc.
Sourcing Tip 2) Figure out who to search for
It is a good idea to know what type of person is perfect for your role. An important rule of thumb is not to judge a candidate’s worth solely on his/her resume. Even professional resumes cannot detail every bit of a person’s experience and expertise.
A resume is a candidate’s attempt to remember his or her accomplishments, duties, and work experiences. So make sure to have a conversation with a candidate before writing them off. In addition, even if a particular candidate is not qualified for a job now he or she can be qualified for another job down the line, so always keep your candidates in the back of your mind!
Sourcing Tip 3) Search in the right places
Qualified candidates tend to receive hundreds of InMails from recruiters on LinkedIn in a week. Why take such a crowded path? Consider taking the road less traveled. Use other forms of social media, such as: Pinterest and Twitter. They may prove to be helpful tools in the talent search.
Pinterest is great for looking for creative talent. You can see a graphic designer’s and a web designer’s chops through their profiles or, at the very least, what inspires them. On the other hand, Twitter has a huge user base and an advanced search capability. With it, a perceptive recruiter can network and grow her candidate pool without breaking the bank.
Why not also take things offline? Attending in-person recruiting events or attending industry-specific conferences can prove to be resourceful. Expand your network breadth. Do not leave any hidden talent pools untouched. Use all possible means and resources!
Sourcing Tip 4) Rinse, Switch-up, Improve
The last bit of advice we would like to leave you with is not to let your searches bog you down and to not allow your searches to get stagnant. Create dynamic searches for each type of role, person, and company. If certain combinations of role, person, and company indicate that Linkedin is the place to go, then go there. If another combination points to Pinterest then look there. Sourcing needs to remain proactive and not passive. Most importantly, you have to understand what kind of candidates you are looking for and where those candidates are. Find what works best for you and always strive to make it better.
On Monday, December 5th, NJBIZ recognized Reflik for its excellence as an emerging business in New Jersey. As New Jersey’s leading business journal, NJBIZ holds the Business of the Year Awards each year to recognize New Jersey’s most dynamic businesses and business leaders, who share a commitment to professional excellence, business growth, and the New Jersey community.
CEO/Co-Founder Ashish Vachhani attended the ceremony that was held at the Palace at Somerset Park on the 5th to accept this prestigious award. Vachhani, in accepting this honor, said: “I am happy to receive the award on behalf of the entire team at Reflik.
We have been picking up a lot of attention lately for our innovative Talent Crowdsourcing Platform and the attention has not ceased!
From external eyes, Reflik has become quiet the successful business because of its ever increasing user base that has helped to fill jobs in the Tri-state area and across the country.
We would like to thank the New Jersey business community for coming out to this event as we celebrated successful entrepreneurs in the Garden State and their very exciting stories of success.
Thanks again to NJBIZ for this honor and a great ceremony. We look forward to many incredibly successful events like this one, celebrating NJ’s businesses and economic growth, in the near future.