Sustainable e-Recruiting Portals: How to Motivate Applicants to Stay Connected throughout their Careers?

Elfi Furtmüller, Celeste Wilderom, Rolf van Dick

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Since most e-recruiting portals suffer from outdated applicant profiles and receive little user return as soon as applicants have found a new job, in this study, the authors explore how to motivate applicants to keep their profiles up-to-date and stay connected with one specific recruiting portal throughout their careers. The authors interviewed applicants, system analysts and programmers of an Austrian e-recruiting portal. Narratives showing striking differences between these three stakeholders’ interpretation of system requirements for long-term usage are discussed. The identified requirements point to niche recruiting: integrating social network and community features for specified user segments sharing a similar social identity and fostering pre-existing offline ties among users for career purposes. Implications are sketched for more sustainable e-recruiting research, design and development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman interaction with technology for working, communicating and learning
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancements
EditorsAnabela Mesquita
Place of PublicationHershey, PA, USA
PublisherInformation Science Reference
ISBN (Electronic)9781613504666
ISBN (Print)9781613504659
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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