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So what is employer branding? It's how you appear to potential hires. It shapes how they feel about your company as a place to work and is the most important (non-financial) factor people consider when applying for a job. That's why employer branding and recruitment go hand in hand. Most companies don’t realize they have an employer brand, or that it’s possible to improve it.
To bring yours to the surface, all you have to do is find out what makes your team tick. And yes, that goes beyond ping-pong tables, team trips to fun destinations and endless lists of other perks. At Homerun we’ve helped lots of companies visualize employer branding through their career pages and job posts, and since we kept coming back to the same inspirational sources, we decided to share them in one place. In this guide you’ll learn what an employer brand is, why it’s important and we’ll serve you tons of inspiration to improve yours.
Employer Branding is all about your team. That's why it's sometimes called talent branding or HR branding. Your team is who you should build your employer brand around. After all, they all work (and stay working) with you for a reason – and that’s the story you should share with the rest of the world. When you share your story, remember that your employer brand shouldn't be too good to be true. It shouldn't show a more polished version of your company. Work is human and humans aren't perfect, so it's better to be honest and unique. By telling your true story, you'll stand out in a sea of sameness.
Showing people the in's and out's of your company can convince them it’s the right place for them to be. And if they don’t like, it wouldn’t have worked out anyway.
A strong Employer Brand helps you attract and hire talent faster, because they already know who you are and what you’re about before the interview process.
A true strong Employer Brand engages people to their full potential. Giving them purpose, they feel part of something bigger. Now who doesn’t want that?
One of the best examples of employer branding comes from Bakken & Bæck. They have managed to create an atmosphere in which everyone can honestly, really fail. And because of that, there's a unique sense of trust between colleagues.
To us, that's what makes them one of the most intriguing innovation studios and employers out there. Here's a selection of their Employer Branding efforts.
Bakken & Bæck is a digital product development studio.
A company of passionate people with a large and international mindset who love to build great products.
Start with clarifying what, on the inside, makes your company special.
The first step to creating your employer brand is clarifying what, on the inside, makes your company special: its vision, values and culture. Oh, and the people of course! That’s why the key to your employer brand is finding out what makes your team look forward to going to work in the morning and which parts of their job they proudly tell people about at parties.
That can be everything from the ‘big’ stuff like career goals and a healthy work life balance to ‘small’ stuff like vacation days and how feedback is handled. Yes, everything you do as a company, whether an action or a policy, communicates your employer brand to employees and to potential employees.
Get it right and it will resonate with your team and help them stay happier and more productive. Get it wrong, and well, let’s not go there. Instead we’ll direct you to a few examples to help you on your way. If you’d like any more help, reach out via the chat icon below.
Once you know what your inside employer brand is, it’s time to start sharing it with the rest of the world.
The best places to start doing that are the ones you control: your career page and job posts. That might sound obvious, but you’re not going to create any old job posts. No, you’re going to share a story that’s intriguing, inspiring and engaging, a story that captures all the magic that goes in your company. Seeing is believing, so give people a real taste of life in your office by sharing photos, videos and pictures of your colleagues. Or why not create a Spotify playlist of the Friday afternoon songs that usher in the weekend at your workplace?
If this content is good – and it will be – then it will go on to be shared outside your official company channels and you’ll have a much higher chance of reaching more people. That’s the thing - you never know how or when you might connect with the right candidate. So make sure you’ve got all the bases covered and get your team involved – the chances are that someone else in their network is a good match for you too.
At Homerun we've helped lots of companies show how unique they are - here are some great examples of how to share your story. If you’d like any help in getting your Employer Brand out into the world, just click the blue chat button in the right corner.
Your career page is the core of your Employer Brand for future employees and where candidates get a first impression of what it’s really like to work for you.
With Homerun you can show what it’s like to work at your company, share your values and turn your employer brand into a visual experience.
The days where job posts were generic lists of bullet points are long gone.
To give an extra insight into the position you’re offering why not post an interview with the team lead or share the tech stack someone is going to work with?
With our job post templates you can hit the ground running with stunning job posts that you can customize to fit your company and employer brand. Go have a look!
Over the last few years we’ve learned two things: sharing is caring and every company is different, special even.
Hearing other people’s experiences helps us all learn, which is why we’d love you to join the conversation at the The Art of Work and help us all grow and carry on the good work.