Back to Blog Auditing Your Staffing Website: Overdue for an Update or Still Making a Great Impression? by Cathy Lanski on December 2nd, 2020 Does your staffing website look as good as it did when it went live? Just as meaningful, does it function as well as it could? Trends in website design change frequently, making today’s staffing websites more aesthetically pleasing, easier to navigate, and mobile-friendly. Sites are expected to be ADA compliant now as well. Take a walk through your website. It should: Load in three seconds or less Be easy to get to any content you want with just a click or two Include clear and bold calls to action Use forms that go to appropriate recipients Feature quick and easy job search and application Does Your Homepage Accurately Represent Who You Are and What to Do? Look for imagery that is dated. Businesses are moving away from photos of people looking at the camera with their arms crossed over their chests or closeups of shaking hands. If you place mainly light industrial workers, your home page images shouldn’t all be of people in business suits. Most staffing companies look to show racial and gender diversity so that all feel welcome when they come to their website. Does yours? Is Your Staffing Website Easy to Navigate? Will a visitor to your page – job seeker or employer – clearly see how to get to the information they need? The fewer clicks, the better. It should include options for immediate action (search jobs, request an employee) or to see more information. Is Your Website Optimized for Mobile? Pull up your website on your phone: Is it easy to read and navigate? Is it designed for the smaller screen size, or is it just the desktop version squeezed down to the size of a phone? Is your career portal also optimized for mobile? Try filling out your mobile application. How easy (or hard) is it? Are You Taking Advantage of the Latest Available Features? Today’s websites can contain: Animation Career portal/job boards Chatbots Featured Jobs Fly-ins Forms Job alerts Quick apply buttons Search Widgets Talent Showcases Timelines Video Is Your Copy Engaging and Informative? Site visitors skim website copy. Write copy that’s short, clear, and compelling with plenty of subheads. Distill your message using the words that matter most to your readers. Shorten Copy on Top-Level Pages If you want to include more detailed information on your site, put it on subpages. This also gives you more breathing room to incorporate SEO keywords. Use Subheads Mindfully People typically skim web content before they read it. Write your subheads so busy people can understand your story without having to read everything. Consider Your Audience Is your messaging clear and directed to the correct audience (by job seekers, employers, or both)? Many older sites contain plenty of engaging information for employers, but only a job board for job seekers. It’s essential to engage candidates as well. They are equally or even more likely to visit your page than employers. Be sure they see themselves there and a partner they can trust. Make Sure Your Copy Tone Matches Your Business Most staffing firms should avoid the extremes of too stuffy or too irreverent. The way you speak to your clients and candidates can give you a good indication of the tone your copy should take. Make sure the basics are accurate and up to date. Check for the following: Your correct phone number An up-to-date address The right services you provide The accurate specialties you offer Current employees in bios or photos Is your staffing website ADA compliant? With more than 61 million individuals with disabilities in the United States, failing to comply with ADA standards can expose your staffing company to compliance risks. Still, perhaps, more importantly, you’re missing out on a valuable source of talented and eager to work candidates. A website that adheres to ADA compliance guidelines must be: Perceivable Operable Understandable Robust The goal of ADA compliance for staffing websites is to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities (e.g., color blindness, vision disabilities, hearing disabilities) in a way that is comparable to the access available to others. Applicable regulations and guidelines include: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 ADA Standards for Accessible Design Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 & 2.1 Section 508 Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Great Staffing Website Your staffing website is the online front door to your business. Make sure it’s clean and welcoming, so clients and job seekers are eager to walk in. If you would like to take a deeper dive into auditing your website, download our eBook, Staffing Websites – Strategies for 2020 and Beyond. 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