Dear SmartRecruiters Community,
If we looked up roller coaster in the dictionary, the last 18 months in talent acquisition would be a fitting definition — From dealing with layoffs at the onset of the pandemic to keeping up with explosive growth for the great rehire. It’s not lost on me the struggles experienced by other industries and professions. But talent acquisition is what we live and breathe, and this community has seen a ton of change in a short period of time.
What hasn’t changed is our unwavering commitment to connect people to jobs at scale. It’s more important than ever as we help get the world back to work. And it’s likely what attracted you to choosing SmartRecruiters in the first place. You believe that hiring success = business success.
I’m pleased to introduce Smartr, our personal career management tool that feeds into hiring success.
Smartr helps people organize their job applications, stand out to employers, and land a job they love. It represents the next generation of our candidate portal, where the entire user experience and interface has been refreshed with updated features that help candidates build a robust profile, manage applications, and get them hired more easily.
And businesses looking to hire will benefit accordingly. More robust candidate profiles lead to fresher and more accurate information hiring teams can rely on. More candidates tracking their application statuses lead to higher brand engagement and faster communications.
In addition to our mission, market data showed a clear need. Our data science team found an interesting number recently: 45X. Since launching in 2015, job applications through SmartRecruiters have exploded from 100k to 4.5M per month — 45X growth. When we took a closer look, the 2020 spike stood out. We couldn’t help but attribute some of that to the people who lost their jobs in addition to the gainfully employed seeking change anyway.
So we dug a bit deeper. It turns out that approximately 700 million people around the world are actively on the job market right now. (The International Labour Organization reported that 225 million jobs were lost during the pandemic, and an additional 475 million people look to change jobs every year).
Even though we’ve seen much development in recruitment technology, the innovations have been aimed at helping businesses hire, not at helping job seekers get hired. As the hiring success company, we decided it’s time to step up to the plate.
Let’s get the world back to work, and get Smartr! Take it for a spin yourself at www.smartr.me