Unlike other tools in this category, CareerPlug uses job description templates to help build postings. Other aspects of their hiring process are also template-based.
CareerPlug is a hiring software made for blue-collar industries. Given the high turnover rate and the difficulty in finding restaurant staff, especially in the wake of the coronavirus, CareerPlug has simplified hiring with an easy-to-use applicant tracking system (ATS). Though their solutions are geared towards restaurants, they can be used for hiring across other blue-collar industries such as cleaning services, health and fitness, personal care, and retail.
The company's core mission is to make hiring easier, which they have done with a software that gives you the ability to recruit and manage your hiring process with plug-n'-play tools that help create and promote job postings as well as screen and evaluate candidates. These four processes form the basis of the platform’s operation, and they all work together to ensure you don’t spend as much time looking for the right candidate. This is especially true for the screening process which we really appreciate in the software.
CareerPlug’s screening stage filters the candidate pool in a way that brings the most qualified applicants, according to your set parameters, to the top of your list. By doing so, you are setting yourself up for success in the interview stages. Most candidates complain about the sheer number of interviews they have to go through to get the job, and that is because hiring managers often schedule multiple interviews in a bid to get to know the candidate before they commit. CareerPlug’s screening process eliminates all that and improves the quality of your interviews by giving you basic candidate information beforehand.
Being a mobile-first solution, prospective candidates can interact with your postings on their mobile devices. They can start, participate, and complete the hiring process via text messaging and email. Applicants can also schedule interviews from their phones and sign onboarding documents digitally.
Lastly, the company is committed to helping managers improve their hiring process. From time to time, they publish recruitment insights, strategies, and research in their resource center to help you make the right hires. In a recent publication, they surveyed employees in 11 different industries to learn what makes a workplace toxic and what employers can do to become a better place to work and retain their staff. Things like these can help businesses escape the high turnover and low retention pandemic that is plaguing most blue-collar industries.
CareerPlug is not the best software outside the blue-collar hiring domain.
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CareerPlug integrates with major job boards including Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Facebook Jobs, Glassdoor, and Simply Hired. The software also integrates with Universal background screening and Outmatch, a talent management platform.
CareerPlug does not reveal their prices on their website. You will have to book a demo to see what works for you and get a quote.
CareerPlug is best suited for blue collar hiring.
CareerPlug provides educational resources such as reports, best practice articles, and how to blogs, in their resource center. This also includes technical information on how best to use the software, and host webinars from time to time, especially when new features come out. You can always reach them via the customer care line they provided on their website.
Clint Smith founded CareerPlug in 2007 with the hopes of creating a better way for employers to find quality applicants. He started the company in his apartment after working in investment banking for a couple of years.
The company initially started as a recruitment marketing service provider for large companies. It wasn’t until 2011 that Smith decided to change course and focus on small businesses, particularly retailers and franchisees. In early 2012, the app launched and has been doing well since. Today they serve over 14,000 businesses in a range of blue-collar industries.