Teacher’s Day is celebrated around the world on October 5th. Given the life-changing influence they have on children and the many challenges faced in their daily work, teachers should be celebrated every day.
They deserve even more recognition today because the ongoing pandemic has made a deep, profound impact across the teaching community. Rising teacher absenteeism due to COVID, and a shortage of replacements, have been a situation faced by schools and universities since 2020.
While absenteeism, teacher shortages, and a lack of resources are expected to continue to impact the education sector in the near term, new technologies are tipped to play a big part in both improving teaching life and engaging students.
Accessible technology in the classroom is seen as essential according to a recent Microsoft accessible tech in education survey run in the US. In fact, 84 percent of teachers said achieving equity in education is impossible without accessible learning tools, while 87 percent said tech is essential to level the playing field for students with disabilities and generate insights to better understand and support all students.
Technology can also help schools and campuses find and recruit top teaching talent faster and more effortlessly. While this ability is vital at any given time, it is especially critical now with the shortage of teachers and the scramble to attract the best of the best.
As in other sectors and industries, school and university recruiters can now adopt recruiting technologies – such as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and software to find new teaching staff or encourage former colleagues to return to the classroom.
Here are six ways hiring tech can make a difference:
Graduate, and new-to-the-job teachers, are good targets because they are keen to build their teaching experience and are more open to traveling to new cities or countries.
As many will be Generation-Z teachers (digital natives since birth), they will be attracted to schools or universities offering the best “user experience” in terms of job application platforms.
Delivering a great first step in the recruitment process is essential. If your application platform is clunky, visually unappealing, and hard to use, young teachers will probably not apply – they could also share their opinion of your platform with friends and colleagues on social media.
And in addition to being accessible, intuitive, and attractive, the platform must also be mobile-friendly because most job seekers use mobile devices rather than desktop computers to apply for jobs today.
Schools and campuses recruit actively every year to replace teachers moving on and attract new talent to run new courses. If your school is about to run a major recruitment program, ATS platforms will simplify and speed up your hiring processes.
ATS platforms and software take care of the heavy lifting for you; automating tasks such as scanning resumes, shortlisting candidates based on skills/experience/keywords outlined in the job description, recommending candidates, communicating with applicants, scheduling interviews, and more.
ATS solutions and software allow school recruitment teams to focus on added value tasks such as getting to know candidates better and developing talent pools to fill roles coming up in the future.
Whatever the industry, job seekers are increasingly going online to both find job opportunities and learn about the organizations they might like to work for in the future. Responding to this, campuses and schools have invested in new career pages (linked to the school website) that highlight not only the available roles but also provide information about the school and the work environment and culture.
The most effective career pages are employee-led ones, such as Cisco’s “We are Cisco” platform that features videos, blogs, and case studies written by or involving staff to tell their work-life story.
Content-wise, schools could showcase teaching methods and resources such as sports facilities, labs, classrooms, and so on via videos, photos, infographics, and testimonials. If your school or campus is committed to producing a career page, content must be updated regularly.
And if you are looking for teachers from overseas, be sure to include details about the location(s) of your school and highlight the unique experiences that teachers will have by working abroad.
Make every interview or job hunt count. Recruitment software makes this a reality today thanks to the ability to easily and conveniently save the details, comments, and rankings of all candidates interviewed for previous roles.
Building a strong online talent pool gives you options the next time you have to recruit. So, in addition to looking for external candidates, you can also scan your talent pool to find “good-fit matches” from prior interviews. In fact, your next great hire could be sitting in your database, just waiting to be contacted.
These solutions could also be extended to include other schools to build a district or city-wide teaching talent pool, which benefits local schools and teachers looking for work.
Leadership and interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to work with students from a wide range of backgrounds, is a great asset for teachers as communities become more diverse. Finding and evaluating soft skills is almost impossible by simply looking at a resume, however.
Recruiting tech advancements, particularly in assessments, can build deeper profiles based on its ability to analyze candidates for soft skills and personality traits. Enrichment tools can also build candidate profiles based on their social media consumption and activity.
Publicly-available information shared on channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others, can now be aggregated and analyzed to provide a deeper, clearer picture of candidates. When creating a new candidate profile Manatal’s ATS, uses AI tools to search over 20 social media platforms enabling recruiters to get to know the applicant from different perspectives.
With hiring in the education sector expected to remain challenging in the near term, investing in recruitment agency software and resume data software is highly recommended for your school, campus, or learning institution.
Robust Applicant Tracking System (ATS) platforms take care of heavy lifting hiring tasks highlighted in this blog, from tracking candidates to scanning resumes, shortlisting top candidates, hosting career pages, building talent pools, and evaluating the soft skills of candidates.
Manatal ATS platforms have been adopted by all types of businesses around the world, and if you are ready to streamline and turbo-charge your hiring processes, please reach out to find out how Manatal can help you to manage your recruitment needs seamlessly, effortlessly, and in-line with your budget.
We invite you to start a 14-day free trial with us to discover how we can help you recruit confidently in the education sector.