Talent Acquisition

How Can Recruiters Create Compelling Content?

When did you last do an internet search of your company to find out what content is out there for your future employees to read? Have you ever adjusted your content strategy so that you can share the right information about your company? Compelling content is probably one of the most important elements of employer branding.

Our panel of 10 recruiting experts share their knowledge on how you can create compelling content to draw the top talent in.

Leela Srinivasan

Compelling content combines creativity and personalization, relevance and resonance. For one-to-one communication, take the time to research your candidate. What can you uncover that feels distinct about them, and how can you weave that insight naturally into your reach-out? Is every word in your email working hard for you? What more impactful word choices could you make? Compare notes with the rest of your team so you can learn what specific phrases are piquing people’s interest. For one-to-many communication, befriend your marketing team so you have co-conspirators on your employee blog, employer branding videos and more.

Leela Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer at Lever.

Amy Volas

If you’re new to the world of creating content, partner with your marketing team or a friend that is already doing it well and gain insight into ways your valuable insights can be shared in a meaningful way. It starts with picking a topic that you care about and sharing valuable information via your network. What’s your favorite social network, pick 1 and take baby steps.  Then listen to feedback, ask for it and tweak along the way while expanding where you share your content.  If you get bitten by the “content bug”, consider publishing articles on sites like Undercover Recruiter.

Amy Volas is Chieftain of Avenue Talent Partners.

Lars Schmidt

Compelling content starts with understanding your target audience, and then tailoring your content to their needs. What excites them? What makes them happy? Where do they go to learn things? How do they want to be communicated to? The biggest mistake recruiters make is to shotgun generic content with the hopes it will stick. There’s too much noise for that to work. Once you start personalizing, you start breaking through.

Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify.

Chad MacRae

It’s always about knowing your audience. “Compelling” to an accountant is different than “compelling” to a web developer.

Know your audience, know what they care about, know what they worry about, know what keeps them up at night – then you’ll know what content to create.

Chad MacRae is the Founder of Recruiting Social.

Erin Wilson

Recruiters sit on the front lines. They are the face of the organization. They are also the first person the candidate generally trusts. I have always found the most effective content comes from an authentic place.

Jobseekers are facing an opaque, combative, process riddled with information asymmetry. Create content that levels the playing field.

Erin Wilson is Founder and Talent Engineer at

Stacy Zapar

Recruiters should speak about the things that are interesting and relevant to both them and their audience. Great content makes people feel something, learn something or do something. What are you passionate about? What are you knowledgeable about? What does your audience (candidates) want to hear or learn more about? Stick to those topics and you can’t go wrong!

Stacy is the Founder of Tenfold & The Talent Agency.

John Feldmann

Recruiter-generated content is one of the most important and under-utilized marketing tools for talent acquisition. Anyone who has recruiting experience has knowledge to share, whether or not it’s in the form of best practices, new tools and tricks, or personal stories and experiences. It’s up to management to emphasize to recruiters the importance of creating and sharing content for the benefit of their personal brand, as well as the company’s. An integral part of recruiting is marketing to potential clients and candidates. An integral part of marketing is demonstrating industry expertise, and an integral part of demonstrating expertise is creating relevant content!

John Feldmann is a writer for Insperity Recruiting Services.

Maren Hogan

The best way to capture talent that matters to your company’s values is by creating job descriptions that don’t suck. At Red Branch, we outline all the honest structures that make us impactful. Yes, we wear yoga pants and drink wine on Fridays, but we’re an extremely hard-working team. We accept challenges, tackle crises with a brave face and don’t settle for average. Job candidates are told this from the start, not because I want to scare people away, but because I want to be honest about what they can expect from my company. Compelling content for us means being honest and funny, so people get what they’re getting into.

Maren Hogan is CEO and Founder of Red Branch Media.

Craig Fisher

When creating content, always ask yourself, “so what?”.  It’s great that your company won an award, for instance.  But how does this knowledge benefit the reader?  The same goes any story you write, video you make, podcast you record.  Put yourself in the average viewers’ shoes and ask yourself how that content benefits you.  If it is just entertainment, then it better be very entertaining.

Craig Fisher is Head of Employer Brand, CA Technologies, and Allegis Global Solutions.

Will Staney

The most compelling content that recruiters can create is content that benefits their stakeholders, current and future candidates. While lots of recruiters out there blog about the current state of the recruiting industry, the smart recruiters are writing content that’ll help candidates, i.e. what not to do in interviews, how to build the perfect resume, what companies are looking for in candidates during interviews, etc. Content that will help them do better in front of hiring managers, etc. They can also focus on helping tell the real human stories of the people behind the companies they work for to help humanize the brand and attract employees who will have a personal connection to the mission.

Will is the Founder & Principal Consultant at Proactive Talent Strategies.

By Ushma Mistry

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