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Seven Weekly Stats: The Role of Unified Communications in Recruitment

It's obvious that recruiters spend a lot of time utilizing communications platforms. After all, they're responsible for sourcing, reaching out to candidates, scheduling interviews, conducting phone screens...the list goes on and on.

But many people don't realize the extent to which recruiting-based activities are conducted via mobile devices. As such, recruiters can't afford to have anything less than constant connectivity—not just to applications, but also to hiring managers and potential candidates.

That's where unified communications comes in. By tying telephony—long the backbone of recruiting outreach efforts—together with email and databases, it's easier than ever for recruiters to spend less time preparing for the next call. More importantly, it allows them to use that time contacting candidates, which results in increased productivity. And that makes everyone happy.

Here are seven statistics that illustrate the importance of communication during the recruiting process.

1. 63 percent of HR managers at companies with 20+ employees claim that they "often" interview candidates through video platforms. (Staffing Industry Analysts) (Tweet this)

2. The usefulness of videoconferencing isn't limited to enterprises. U.S. businesses report a 14 percent annual increase in the use of video interviews. Regardless of size, one thing is clear: videoconferencing isn't a luxury—it's a must. (Staffing Industry Analysts) (Tweet this)

3. 72 percent of those actively seeking a job have used a mobile device to view an organization's careers page. (LinkedIn) (Tweet this)

4. Given the previous statistic, one would imagine a near-identical percentage of companies have mobile-friendly career pages. Unfortunately, the reality is much more bleak—just 20 percent of businesses have a mobile page for job postings. (LinkedIn) (Tweet this)

5. Even in the age of technology, 58 percent of companies still use paper to publish their primary schedules. How does this affect recruiting? Easy processes equals happy employees. Happy employees equals less turnover—and that means less work for recruiters. (PeopleMatter) (Tweet this)

6. With that in mind, finding someone to cover a shift is 1.5 times easier with technology-based workforce management tools. That's just one example of simplified workforce processes made possible with unified communications. (PeopleMatter) (Tweet this)

7. While some of these stats are rather alarming, all hope is not lost. Why? Because only 13 percent of companies feel that they've invested "enough" in mobile-optimized recruitment practices, suggesting that there's significant potential to be unlocked. (LinkedIn) (Tweet this)

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