New Age Ways of Hiring – Preparing for the Future

Feb 14th 2018

New Age ways of Hiring – Preparing for the Future

In this day and age everyone turns to the internet for help / answers to their questions. Looking to book a city break? Quick, google it instead of heading to your nearest travel agent store! Wondering what restaurants are good nearby? Trip Advisor always has a good answer. Looking to run a successful recruitment campaign online? Bluetownonline has your answer!

As technology is continually improving the online recruitment market is too. Candidates are increasingly searching for their perfect company to work for and recruiters are actively encouraged to find new savvy ways to find them. Traditional recruiting methods have secured their place in history but are they best way to go?

Out with the old, In with the new

In just a few clicks you can find a role online, read the job description and apply. So it’s no wonder that job boards are so popular with candidates. Most online recruiting methods have developed apps for mobile phones and considering that 66% of UK adults have a smartphone applying for a job has never been easier.

On average, job seekers use 18 different sources when searching for a job and 92% of employers use social media as a part of their recruitment process. People in the UK are much more likely to look for a new job opportunity online than to turn to more traditional sources.

Traditional recruitment methods include Newspapers, Print Media, Local / Temporary Employment Agencies however these methods are either very dated or far more expensive than the next generation of search not overlooking the average person in the UK spends more than 20 hours a week online.

Many companies needed their role filled yesterday increasing the pressure on HR functions to achieve targets. A growth in industry specific mobile applications is on the up, with heavy investment in high turnover industries including hospitality and retail giving candidates real time information of jobs as and when they become available that matches the skillset they have


This could be classified as a traditional method but with more of a focus on ensuring candidates are matched in line with their experience but also discovering if their talents can be utilised in a new role opening new doors to learn a set of new skills. Recruiters are able to gain loyalty from the very best candidates and secure customers by providing them with cream of the crop.

Employee Referral Rewards

A great way to source candidates as current employees understand the company culture, incentivising through gadgets, cash rewards with bigger cash gains once the new starter has made it through the probationary periods. These staged reward schemes incentivise longer term hiring creating a competitive environment and encourage employees to help the organisation find new ways to attract the best talent.

The Future is Digital

When LinkedIn and online job applications first began to gain traction, they were seen as supplements to the traditional paper CV and in-person interview. Today, the world of recruiting has gone nearly 100-percent digital. CV’s will most likely be displaced in their current format with more of a data centric profiles including skills and aptitude test giving prospective employers a greater insight into the individual job seeker. Being able to summarize key data rather than manually having to trawl through CV’s will also help with eliminating biases levelling out the playing field for equal opportunities and ensure the right person is hired.

Bluetownonline are at the forefront of this revolution and work with some of the UK’s top companies sourcing them the very best candidates.

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