It was great to be back at Cottenham Village College this morning, alongside Catherine Hay from Form the Future CIC. We had a productive meeting with Helen Scully, Careers Lead, and are excited to be able to continue our support of their career development programme and look forward to all the exciting things 2020 has to offer them.
So, what does employer brand mean and why is it important?
In 2022 75% of job seekers stated that they considered an employer’s brand before applying for a job! That’s quite a large number and a HUGE pool of potential talent.
How’s your employer brand?! Do you dedicate time to strategising and positioning yourself right?
What is employer brand?
Employer brand refers to the reputation and perception that a company has among current and potential employees. It represents the image, values, culture, and overall experience that individuals associate with the organisation as an employer.
Here’s why employer brand is important…
- It differentiates you from your competition. In a competitive job market, a strong employer brand helps your organisation stand out from the competition. It differentiates your company as an employer of choice, making it more appealing to potential candidates. When candidates have multiple options, a compelling employer brand can be a decisive factor in their decision-making process.
- It makes you a talent magnet! A positive employer brand acts as a magnet, attracting top talent to your organisation. Candidates actively seek out companies that are known for their positive work culture, employee benefits, growth opportunities, and overall employee experience. An attractive employer brand increases the chances of talented individuals proactively applying to your organisation.
- Referral Network: Employees who are proud of their employer and have a positive experience at work are more likely to refer their connections to job openings. A strong employer brand encourages employees to become brand ambassadors, spreading the word about the organisation’s positive attributes. Employee referrals are often a valuable source of high-quality candidates.
- Social media and online presence: In the digital age, candidates often research companies online before considering a job opportunity. An employer brand that is well-represented across various online platforms, such as company websites, social media channels, and review websites, can significantly impact a candidate’s perception. Positive reviews, engaging content, and a strong online presence can attract talented individuals who come across your organisation during their job search.
- Long-term talent acquisition: Building a strong brand is an investment in long-term talent acquisition. When your organisation consistently maintains a positive reputation as an employer, it becomes easier to attract talent over time. A solid employer brand creates a positive perception that can continue to attract top talent, even when specific job openings are not actively advertised.
- Retains employees: A compelling brand not only helps attract candidates but also retains existing employees. When employees are proud to be associated with your organisation, they are more likely to stay engaged, committed, and loyal. This reduces turnover rates and saves recruitment and training costs.
- Boosts employee morale and engagement: When employees feel proud of their employer and the work they do, it boosts their morale and engagement levels. A strong brand fosters a sense of belonging and motivates employees to perform at their best. This leads to higher productivity, creativity, and innovation within the organisation.
- Improves customer perception: A strong brand can positively impact how customers perceive your company. When employees are happy and engaged, it reflects in their interactions with customers, leading to better customer service and satisfaction. Customers often prefer to do business with companies that have a positive reputation as employers.
- Reduces recruitment costs: Investing in building a strong employer brand can lead to long-term cost savings in recruitment. When you have a positive reputation as an employer, you tend to attract more qualified candidates organically, reducing the need for expensive recruitment efforts. Additionally, lower turnover rates translate into reduced recruitment and training expenses.
Overall, an effective employer brand is essential for attracting talent because it helps your organisation stand out, aligns with candidate preferences, encourages employee referrals, leverages digital platforms and provides a competitive advantage! The best bit?! Other than time spent on strategy and implementation promoting your brand can come at zero cost!
Do you want to know how to create a positive first impression, generate interest in your organisation and increase the likelihood of attracting top talent to your team or business? Get in touch or reach out directly to Strategy Manager, Kayleigh via [email protected]