New Opportunity For Jobseekers To View Potential Employers
Job applicants have a new opportunity to visualise what life might be like working for a potential employer through videos launched on the innovative online jobs board www.jobs.ac.uk
With an increasing number of employers using new technology including search engines to vet candidates, employer videos will add a new dimension for jobseekers who want to research their employer of choice.
Andrew Gordon, director of jobs.ac.uk, the leading online jobs board for research, science and academic related professions said: "We live in a very visual world. The younger generation are used to creative, interactive technology, and as recruiters we must appeal to them and enable them to search effectively for jobs. Employer videos offer huge advantages in the recruitment process. A professionally shot video will allow candidates to make a more informed, holistic decision when applying for jobs. By communicating the benefits and values of the organisation, employers can connect with future employees whilst casting their net in a wider talent pool.
"Higher Education (HE) employers need to continue to attract high calibre candidates and are embracing new technology including e-recruitment to raise their profile online. The employer brand is now just as important for HE as it is in the commercial sector. A strong online presence and greater accessibility online increases applications from the many job seekers who use the internet for their searches."
The University of Warwick are leading the way as the first employer to use the new service, which features staff from across the University describing working life there. The video provides information on working at the University including staff and students, its location, leisure and cultural attractions.
Christopher McClelland, HR Operations Director at The University of Warwick explained: "The aim of our online video is to attract new candidates for the wide variety of jobs we are advertising at the moment. It's important for us that job seekers have an insight into our culture and how we work so when they apply for a job they are informed about working life here. The video is a simple way to explain who we are and attract candidates who will enjoy working for us and will empathise with our culture and goals."
The new service marks the growing trend of employers using videos to attract jobseekers to their vacancies. jobs.ac.uk are predicting that recruitment related videos will soon become commonplace on job boards, recruitment agency websites, corporate vacancy pages and even YouTube.
jobs.ac.uk already have videos for other universities in production including Nottingham University and Keele University. The video plays in Adobe Flash Player which 98% of visitors to the website have, allowing them to watch the video without having to download additional software.
To view The University of Warwick video, visit www.jobs.ac.uk and select any University of Warwick job advert.
jobs.ac.uk is the leading online jobs board for jobs in research, science and academic related professions.
At any one time there are on average 3,000 jobs listed on the easy to navigate website and 40,000 jobs are listed over the course of a year.
jobs.ac.uk has over 173,000 registered users and 508,000 visitors a month. (ABC Electronic audited October 06).
Since launching in 1998, jobs.ac.uk has grown to become the leading recruitment site in the research, science and academic sectors, attracting the most qualified and talented people from the UK, Europe and across the world and often those who are willing to relocate for their ideal job.
Created by The Universities Advertising Group (UAG) - a collection of UK universities working together to procure cost-effective recruitment and course advertising, and with its web site operated by Warwick University, jobs.ac.uk has an inherent knowledge of the Higher Education sector. Current advertisers include the BBC, Google, and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
The jobs.ac.uk service offers a cost effective alternative to print media and has a wider reach. Job specifications are emailed directly to potential candidates and the internet can be used daily in lunch breaks for example - this is easier to do when currently employed than reading the papers.
Jobseekers have an excellent chance of finding a quality job through jobs.ac.uk because of its skilled categorisation and quality checks. All adverts are checked in detail, placed carefully in the most appropriate sections and made live within two working days. Daily or weekly email updates are sent to each subscribed jobseeker about positions relevant to them and jobseekers are given direct access to the recruiters. These services offer jobseekers piece of mind that they are not missing any jobs or opportunities.
jobs.ac.uk has an open culture. They have an office webcam, answer jobseeker emails in person, use videos on the web site from recruiters and themselves and provide account handlers for customers. They also run free training and networking events for clients on topical and practical subjects including discrimination in recruitment.