Employers with strong reputations receive more job applications from qualified applicants and are better at retaining first-rate employees.
As an employer, you have a brand. If people have heard about you, they have preconceived notions about who you are, and what you do.
People who hear about you might get interested in you as a potential future employer. They will not only look at your products and services but everything else related to your workplace. If they were to work there, they will wonder what kind of other people they would be working with.
For you, as an employer, it is important to realize what the actual answer is to all these questions and others that apply to your industry and geographical location. But even with the answers ready, are applicants able to gather the right information about you when they research your company and or during the hiring process?
A good way to start is to think about your current process today. You are looking to hire. Great. You have a job-post ready, you post it on your career site, social media, and perhaps a few selected job-boards. You might ask your employees to share the news in case they know talented people, and even request services from recruiters or agencies that specialize in helping you find talent. This might be how you get your message out that you are looking for talent. What happens next?
Whatever hiring method you are using, anyone who is serious about the opportunity, will at some point during the hiring process do her/his research on you as an employer. They could among other things, search for things such as:
Go to professional networks such as TeamBlind, and ask existing verified current and previous employees about the pros and cons of working for you as an employer — or even conduct detailed 1-on-1 meetings about the interview process, benefits, and salaries.
The best way to get your employer branding right is to portray a true and honest image of yourself in the right mediums. Where and how do you think people who are the right fit for your company will research your brand? Are you satisfied with how that looks like today?
Below is a list of a few items that can benefit employers who want to improve their employer brand:
This means deciding who is responsible for it, what your objectives are, deciding what work needs to be done, and how you are going to measure output, outcomes, and if you are progressing forward.
Gather and share information about all the things that make you as an employer interesting. These could be things ranging from the benefits, salaries, locations, projects you are working on, and most importantly the people that work in your office.
Build the right type of content that fits your audience of people you think you want to hire. This could be a blog series, videos, how your team solved (or solves) certain tasks. It could be to kickstart an open community in your industry via events or an online slack, Facebook, or go-to-meeting channel. Here are some examples:
Meniga, a leader in Fintech services, had their design team write about how they rebranded the company logo and assets. They explained the process step-by-step, showcasing and signalling existing and future designers about some of their work processes.
Hubspot, a leading CRM solution, published their HubSpot Culture Code 128 page slide-deck. The deck explains how Hubspot values transparency and is a center point in their employer branding practices — linking readers to their company culture, benefits, and job openings. More than 25 revisions have been made on the Hubspot Culture Code to date, and they encourage readers to bring questions, and suggested updates to their founder publicly on Twitter.
Shopify, with accolades such as Glassdoor’s #1 Best Place to Work, has put tremendous effort into its pre-apply career site.Readers can watch a branded video about the work-place, read about how employees can work from anywhere, how their hiring process and decisions take place, what teams work within their organization, and a career page that shows openings within each team.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland has a custom pre-apply career site, with videos showcasing benefits, the workplace, commute options from Reykjavik, equal pay policy; but most importantly how they employ a diverse range of people from all backgrounds, nationalities, and professional qualifications in harmony.
At some point in the pre-apply-process, some prospects will inevitably reach your career site. If they see a job-post that they like, this is your opportunity to pitch-to-them why they should apply.
Employees can and will write reviews of their experience within your organization online. Some are happy, others are not so happy. But what can employers do to embrace this transparency and how can they ensure they are using these reviews as constructive feedback? Here are a few tips for your Glassdoor account that mostly apply to other review sites as well:
It’s important to think about what you want to achieve with your employer branding strategy. We recommend splitting these into output and outcome goals.
Output goals are things that you can control and measure. They are direct measurements of the work you’re doing on a daily or weekly basis. Put simply, they measure your output. These are things such as the number of blog posts aimed at employer branding you publish in a year.
Realizing who you are trying to target is crucial for your employer branding success. This will help you streamline your marketing and output efforts towards the right channels.
There are multiple tools out there that can help you build a persona for your employer branding. Here are a few examples:
Miro: Easy online white-board drag and drop tool that helps you create target user profiles to better understand how to build your employer branding profile for them:
Hubspot: Simple Persona Generator from Hubspot
Employer branding matters. Layout your overall goals, gather information about where you stand today, and where you want to be. Decide on what output efforts you are going to focus and how you are going to measure the outcomes of those outputs.
Employer branding accomplices so much more than vanity metrics. When done well, it helps employers to achieve real goals for their success.
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