Over the last few years there has been a significant growth in the number of people using general search engines to search for jobs. In Australia alone the word jobs appears in around 30 million searches per month!
However what does this really mean?
Does it mean that Seek, MyCareer and CareerOne will be going out of business because everyone will be using Google?
Not at all!
So does it mean you can ignore the world of search engine optimization or SEO for short?
Again not at all!
Very few people who use search engines look beyond the first one or two pages of results. If your website is not returned within those two pages, preferably on the first page and ideally in the number one position, your competition is beating you.
So then what is SEO? At it’s core SEO is designing your web site in a manner that makes it easy to be found, and indexed by search engines. Simple.
Well to a point. Obviously the best way to optimize your site for search engines is ensure that your content contains the keywords that people might use to find your product, brand or organisation. However by just adding these terms to your web site will not magically promote your site on top the number one page or into the number one spot. This means you must learn the art of SEO.
There are many other tricks that you need to master such as making sure your keywords are used in headings, appropriate naming of your pages, meta data, links and having relevant content. However you should always keep in mind that for some keywords there is lots of competition which makes it very difficult to get your site in the number one spot. This means you need to undertake keyword research to know which keywords to target.
So why is this relevant for recruiters in Australia?
Because the word jobs appears in 30 million searches per month. But so do the brands, products and names of your clients. This means that the potential for searchers to find the job advertised by you significantly increases if you know what you are doing.
Let’s not forget that potential clients also use search engines to find new recruiters. So your business also benefits from effective use of SEO.
To learn more about search engine optimization and how it can benefit your recruitment activities register for the March Webinar, SEO for Recruiting.
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