Are job boards gradually falling behind the curve in the recruitment industry?

Are job boards gradually falling behind the curve in the recruitment industry?

As we know, millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the ongoing crisis. On closely analyzing the US job posting trends, job boards’ waning influence even during high unemployment is apparent. There are a few reasons for this.

Recruiters hiring candidates directly

Companies’ dependence on job boards is declining as they are increasingly utilizing job aggregator tools for recruiters to hire candidates. A common practice for recruiters is to use intelligent Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to handle employee recruitment. One of the reasons for this shift is the large number of candidates applying for several jobs together (even when they may not be qualified enough for certain posts). Tools such as ATSs allow employers to find the right candidate without going through thousands of applications.

To mitigate the issue of large numbers of applicants, job boards can facilitate online skill tests on their platforms to eliminate unqualified candidates from the reckoning for certain jobs.

Passive candidates applying for multiple jobs

Normally, the US job posting trends show that a major chunk of the workforce consists of passive candidates. This majority reflects across the various job boards too. As a result, the individuals actively looking for employment are left to compete with a larger pool of candidates for nearly all the job vacancies posted on the boards. To resolve this, job boards can increase active candidates’ visibility to prioritize them over those who are employed already. Steps like this can reduce the number of unemployed persons across America.

Lack of sufficient information for applicants

As we know, real-time information is key in the recruitment industry. However, there can be multiple communication gaps between job-seeking applicants and companies looking for personnel. Firstly, vague and incoherent requirements on job board postings can cause confusion and apprehension amongst the applicants. To resolve this, job boards can request recruiters to specify clear details in their postings about the job vacancy, mandatory qualifications, tasks expected from selected candidates, and experience/salary requirements. The boards can use professional services and specialized US recruitment tools for efficient job scraping and posting on their platforms.

Another communication issue is that applicants usually do not receive notifications when they are not selected for a particular job. To eliminate this issue, job boards can create frameworks to ensure that such candidates get the information about not getting shortlisted for the job post.


Fake job postings to collect applicants’ data

There have been several instances of individuals and companies putting up fake postings on job boards. In the current phase of mass unemployment in the US, such posts are created to attain vulnerable applicants’ personal information. Professional job automation providers can mitigate these problems by performing multiple checks for authenticity before scraping posts for job boards.

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