We’ve put a lot of innovation into Spruik.me to make it the sort of service that changes the game for students, employers and educational institutions. But don’t be fooled into thinking these are innovations are untested. The systems behind Spruik.me were founded in our original (and still operating) HealthyPeople site.
But you’re not here for the chit-chat, so let’s move on to the main event – a smack-down between the fresh, the fit and the fantastic, Spruik.me VS the die hard determination of Traditional Graduate Recruitment
ROUND 1 – VISIBILITY
Most traditional graduate recruitment service (TGRS) job boards are practically invisible. To both employers and students! Many pages contain nothing more than a log in with no suggestion of what’s available.
Spruik.me, on the other hand, showcases opportunities and connections of the school. Why hide your industry networks, job opportunities and available students and graduates? Sure, key details are hidden from unapproved eyes, but visitors – both employers and students – can see at a glance what’s available for them.
The more visible your careers services, the greater the utilisation.
ROUND 2 – REQUIRED MANPOWER
The key here is output. Both TGRS and Spruik.me may require just one person to administer the service, but with our automated systems and easy-to-use interface, Spruik.me however, offers much more than job listings.
Spruik.me makes it possible for one person to actively promote tens of thousands of students to employers while at the same time assisting hundreds of employers with job advertising.
HealthyPeople, for example, services 39,000+ professionals and close to 300 employers around Australia every month. This is managed by two non full time staff.
ROUND 3 – MOBILITY
Are you using a TGRS job board? Then it’s strictly desktop only! Too bad for those students and teaching staff using smartphones and tablets.
The Spruik.me site is responsive / adaptive. Which means that, no matter what size screen is used to view the site, it will adapt to fit. No app required. Genius!
In an increasingly mobile community, the ability to connect via mobile devices is essential to maximise engagement.
ROUND 4 – TOOLS FOR CAREERS OFFICERS
The focus for Spruik.me has not been on appointment setting tools, etc. To this point, we’ve focused on bringing together students and employers. We’ve been less concerned with peripheral functionality. There are plenty of services around for things like booking of appointments and meeting rooms.
Spruik.me is a tool for people that want to have an impact.
ROUND 5 – A MARKETING TOOL
By focusing solely on graduate job advertising and locking down graduate recruitment portals, TGRS reflect very little value back on to the school.
Spruik.me, by comparison, showcases a school’s industry connections and jobs, therefore opening a window to the potential opportunities for future students.
But we haven’t stopped there, as all students populate general searches of professionals, we’re encouraging employers to connect with the school (they need to be connected to see details). This, in turn, generates greater word of mouth, providing a wealth of FREE marketing for the school.
If you’re investing time and effort into graduate recruitment, why not provide a service that feeds back into your admissions.
ROUND 6 – PROMOTING STUDENTS
This is not a service offered by traditional graduate recruiting services.
Promoting students is at the core of Spruik.me. Hence the name. We are the only group that can put graduating students easily and effectively in front of employers in their preferred industry and locations.
By promoting students to employers we provide more opportunities than can ever be possible with job advertising alone.
ROUND 7 – ‘GIVE A FISH OR TEACH TO FISH’
Traditional Graduate Recruitment Services, by their very nature, have no value to students beyond graduate opportunities.
Accounts set up on Spruik.me continue to work throughout a student’s career. This is an opportunity to set a student up for life, not just their first job.
Careers officers have the ability to help professionals create the best possible profiles on Spruik.me, ensuring a service that delivers opportunities well into a student’s career.
ROUND 8 – COST
Some TGRS can be very expensive. Recent education cuts in Victoria have caused many schools to abandon proprietary services.
Spruik.me is FREE.
Premium services will be introduced in the future, but as a mark of gratitude to the teaching institutions that join us early, these services remain FREE.
Our focus, first and foremost, is providing an optimal service that meets the needs of ALL stakeholders.
AND THE WINNER IS…
To us, the answer is clear. Spruik.me is the future for getting graduates into healthy careers.
You’ve witnessed the rounds, you must have an opinion. You’re welcome to cast your vote in the comments below.
If you’re a part of a teaching institution and would like to talk further, please call me (Dennis) on 0414 481 525.