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How to Create A Career Page in WordPress Easily

Organizations always intend to grow and hiring is a usual process that caters to their growth. Most companies now have a career page on their website which makes candidates approach them directly with ease. Now, setting up a career page might look like a task, but here is an easy way to go about it – if your site runs on WordPress, this plugin would help you create a career page without any hassle. 

The plugin is none other than our WP Job Openings – a plugin that enables you to have a career or job listing page on your website within a matter of seconds.

The Need for Career Pages

There are various reasons why a career page is important for your website, which we have discussed earlier. One of the main benefits of having career pages on your website is its utility and efficiency in getting job listings done. You can display job listings directly on your website and the interested candidates can approach you without third-party registration. 

Another great advantage of having a career page on your website is that it brings traffic and lets the visitor go through other content available on your site! Traffic is the key and a career page is a great source to bring that. 

Whatever be your reason, the WPJO plugin allows you to set up the career page without code or editor. This article will help you understand the plugin better and how you can use it to have a thriving career page. 

WP Job Openings Plugin

I am excited to talk about this in-house, gem of a plugin! I see my team, work day in and out to make this plugin efficient and I can’t be prouder! 

So, what exactly is WP Job Openings? It is a simple, yet powerful plugin for your WordPress site to add a career page. It is a great way to drive traffic to your site, and also to display job listings without third-party registration. The plugin comes in two layout styles – grid and list. Both are mobile-friendly, easy to view and completely customisable. 

Some excellent features come with the plugin which include: 

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Modern Layout Styles
  • Unlimited Job Specs
  • Clean Design and Functionality
  • Unlimited Filtering Options
  • Search Functionality
  • AJAX Powered Job Listing and Filtering
  • Default Form for Application Submission
  • Email Notifications
  • Application Listings
  • Structured for SEO
  • WPML Support
  • Developer Friendly
  • Works With All Top Plugins and Themes

These are all features of our free version! There is a premium/pro version that comes with more interesting features; you can take a look at it if it interests you. 

Here’s the tutorial on how to install and use the WPJO free plugin. We hope this makes your work easier. 

Adding Career Pages to Your Site – Step by Step Tutorial

Step 1: Install and Activate

The first and foremost step is to install and activate the plugin. All you need to do is go to your WordPress website’s admin dashboard, click on the plugins page and find the search field on the top of the page. Type the name of the plugin and once it pops up, install and activate it. 

Step 2: Configure the plugin on the settings page

After installing and activating the plugin, the next step is to configure the plugin according to your liking. For this, you need to go to the settings page right under the Job Opening section on the left side of the dashboard. Under Settings, you will find five options to configure: 

  • General 
  • Appearance
  • Job Specifications
  • Form
  • Notifications

Let’s go through them quickly one by one.

General 

The ‘General’ tab has all the common configurations for the plugin. You can go through them and make selections as per your job posting requirements – how it can be displayed, performed etc. 

Appearance

Under this tab, you can configure the appearance of the job listings page. There are various filters to choose from, so you can go through them all before you make a final decision. 

Job Specifications

All the job specs can be added and removed under this tab. You can add as many specs as you like, as this tab has the option to add as many as you want. 

Form

There is a built-in form that comes with the plugin and under this tab, you can configure it as per your requirements. 

Notifications

When an applicant applies for a job listed on your site, an in-built notification email will appear on your mailbox. Under the notifications tab, you can configure this and make it the way you like it. 

Step 3: Add a New Job Opening

Once you configure the settings, you are ready to add a new job opening to your career page. Under the Job Opening tab, you will find the ‘New Job Opening’ tab where you can add the new job opening. The job editor will open where you could add a title and the description of the job available.

You can even add an expiration date for the job! 

Once all the specifications are added, click on the ‘Publish’ button and the job opening will appear automatically on the career page. If you

Step 4: View Your Career Page that’s now live

Your career page is now live and you can see how it looks. The page will appear based on your chosen choice – a grid, or a list. To fill up the page, you can add job openings over time. Now, your career page is ready and it will be displayed beautifully on your website!

If you want to make any changes further, you can always go back to the settings page and change as per your requirements. 

View all applications whenever you want!

The WPJO plugin comes with an option to house all the applications submitted to all available job openings in one place. You can scroll down to the Applications tab under the Job Openings tab and you can view the information whenever you want. 

Wrapping Up

Having a career page is a great idea both for your website as well as business. And WP Job Openings will be an excellent addition to your site. If you have any thoughts or queries about the plugin, please feel free to contact us. 

11 Reasons Why A Career Page is Important for your Website

Having a career page on your company website has many advantages that could directly benefit your organization. When searching for a job, coming across a solid career page is considered a valuable resource, agrees 64% of job seekers. The page will not only create a positive impact among your prospective employees but also make your clients understand your business effortlessly. The presence of such a page brings more value to your brand and builds trust in your clients. 

Firstly, What’s a career page? 

A Career page is part of your website where job openings are listed. It could be a single landing page, a microsite, or a hybrid page with details about your company, your values, why your employees love working with you, the skills expected from the new applicants, and what is in store for them.

Screenshot of careers.google.com

Google’s Career Page

For me, this information part is of utmost importance as it would help me tremendously to decide whether to ‘Apply’ for the job or not, and I am sure, this would be the deal-breaker for most job seekers too!

Now, let me take you through the importance of a career page on your website in detail.

1. Make Hiring Easy

With a career page on your website, you automatically cut out all the complex situations involved in a hiring process. You present the best version of yourself and let the job seekers find what is suitable for them and apply accordingly. There is no complicated process here and everything is transparent between you and the job seeker. 

2. Tell Your Story to The Job Seekers, The Way You Want

Your site’s career page is the first place where your potential employees come in touch with you. Hence, it has to be extremely impressed with all the details they would like to know about you.

Screenshot of awsm.in

Awsm Innovations’ culture page

You can tell your story the way you want here, with all the important information. This page is the best place to present the most stunning version of your story!

3. Save Time and Money

Usually, when you are looking for hiring someone new, the organic process is to advertise through online portals or newspapers. However, these may cost you money and a lot of time in receiving applications. With a career page on your website, this process is made easy and applicants can reach you directly through your site.

4. Increase in Organic Web Traffic

When a job seeker is looking for a job, they usually get into the search engine and search for the industry and job title. If you have a career page with SEO-friendly titles and keywords, it will only increase the web traffic to your site organically and keep you on top of the search results. 

5. Indirectly Boost your Business

From a client’s point of view, if an organization has an active career page, it means the business is steadily growing and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to associate with them. Their trust increases and they are ready to do business with organizations they have faith in. This only helps in the growth of your organization! 

6. Engage Visitors

Once you ensure that your career page has engaging content, it will automatically serve as the best platform to engage visitors. Your story will be well explained without putting in extra effort and you will have smooth hiring as well. 

7. Improve Brand Image

The best talents in the industry most likely will have their job preferences set right. When they land on your career page they find your brand reliable, resulting in the retention of the site visitor. This also means you get to hire the right people for your organization at no extra cost. 

8. Track Visitors to Your Career Pages

Since the career page is built into your organization’s website, visitor statistics can be easily tracked including demographics, locations, engagement data, and so on. These metrics will help you in customizing your website for your audience. 

9. Your HR will Thank You Immensely

With a career page on your website, the life of your HR is made easy! Otherwise, they will have to go into multiple online and offline portals, respond to umpteen inquiries, and spend a lot of time on emails and phone calls. A career page will help you procure as many potential candidates as possible and also allow you to choose the best among the lot. 

10. Future Possibilities

Sometimes people will randomly land on your career page, and check out your entire website without an intention to seek jobs. However, with an excellent career page, you can bring them back to your website, when they are actually looking for a job! 

11. Build A Great Organization with the Career Page

By now, you might have understood that a career page can help you hire the best candidates in the industry for your organization, and help you build it slow and steady. With a simple plugin like WP Job Openings, you can create a career page on your website at a reasonable cost. The tool allows you to list jobs on your website and manage it easily from your dashboard. 

Wrapping Up

An efficient career page will be easy to find, have all the details of the organization, have jobs listed seamlessly, and help job seekers make wise decisions. It improves your relationship with your clients and also brings in excellent talents to your organization. Together, you can build your business and take it to greater heights. 

Introducing The New Add-on: User Access Control for WP Job Openings

We are happy to introduce our new WP Job Openings Add-on – User Access Control. It is the third add-on we have developed for WP Job Openings. 

Request from our users

Several of our users had contacted us asking for a solution to manage and restrict the capabilities of HR personnel managing the recruitment. This feature was especially significant when a company had several HR people handling recruitment. 

We felt that there was a demand for this feature amongst select users; thus, there was no point in adding this to our main plugin and bloating it. So we decided to introduce it as an add-on.

Role Manager Interface in User Access Control Addon

User Access Control Add-on

This new add-on is the perfect solution to manage the capabilities of your recruitment team. For example, if you want to limit the edit access of a recruiter or give access to applications from a particular job location, this add-on will help you. 

WP Job Openings gives full access to recruitment-related things for the HR user role. If you wanted to customize that, then this add-on is for you. 

Option to restrict access by Job Specifications

Features

  • Create new user roles for managing jobs and listings. 
  • Edit or restrict the capabilities of the existing HR role.
  • Restrict user access to own job listings and applications.
  • Restrict user access by Job Specifications or locations.

Who will find the User Access Control Add-on useful?

This add-on will be useful for you if you have these requirements:

  • Create custom roles for recruiters with limited access to job listings and applications.
  • Restrict an HR user from accessing WPJO settings and configurations.
  • Restrict access to job listings and applications based on locations or specific job categories for your recruiters.
  • Restrict access for a recruiter only to their own job listings and applications.
  • Limit edit access of a recruiter.

What is next?

You can definitely expect more goodies from us in the near future. We are working hard to make WPJO the best recruitment tool for WordPress websites. You can join us by sharing your suggestions, feedback, and feature requests here. Also, drop us a hi on Twitter and Facebook.

Custom Application Status, Automatic Email Notifications on Status Change, and more – WPJO 3.2.0

Well, here we are! Another brand new update, with some most-sought fresh features 🎉

Application Status

The option to change the status of an application was introduced as a feature in our Pro version from early on. By default, all the applications are given the ‘New‘ status. You could change that to four other statuses we have shipped with the plugin by default – ‘In Progress‘, ‘Shortlisted‘, ‘Selected‘, and ‘Rejected‘.

You can use the application status option to manage your applications effectively by putting them on different statuses. The option lets you mark the qualified applications as ‘In Progress‘ or ‘Shortlisted‘ and unqualified ones as ‘Rejected‘. You can also mark the hired applicants as ‘Selected‘ to identify them easily.

For the basic application management system it was, these statuses that came by default with the plugin were more than enough. As the system grew, many small and medium companies switched from their existing, complex Application Tracking Systems and Recruitment Tools to our simple plugin to make hiring easier. We have been contacted by many such users to customize the plugin to add more application statuses and workflows. We have provided them with the customizations they required to meet their goals.

We found an increasing demand for having the option to add and manage application statuses from the dashboard and we have just added that as a feature in the version 3.2.0 release!

✅ Custom Application Statuses

As the beginning of our next big step toward the future of the plugin, we have added a new tab on our settings page – ‘Advanced‘. Under this tab, now you can add new application statuses and edit the existing ones and even reorder them using the simple drag and drop interface.

Any change you make here will be reflected though out the system in all the places application status is used – the application listing table, application detail page, the dashboard, export data, etc.

A closer look at the feature

As you can see in the screenshot, when you are adding and editing a status, you get the option to change the status label and its color. The color will be used to represent the status in the applications table and charts in the overview tab.

And yes, the checkbox.

It’s another feature that was requested by many of our users.

✅ Automatic Email Notifications on Status Change

WPJO already had the option to send automated notifications to applicants that successfully submits an application. It also has the option for admins to set up templates and send out emails to applicants individually from the application detail page. One thing that is missing was the feature to send automated email notifications to applicants when their application status changes.

This update addressed that gap as well.

You have to set up the email templates under WP Job Openings > Settings > Notifications > Templates, check the option ‘ Automatically send the notification on status change‘, select the desired template from the dropdown, and hit the save button!

Be careful while adding and selecting the email notification templates though. The wrong email for an application status could confuse the hell out of your applicants.

✅ Country Code Selection for Phone Number Field

No big deal, but a good-to-have feature some of our users requested. You have to enable the option in the phone field settings from your form builder. You can also select the default country to be shown in the form.

✅ ‘Position Filled’ Status for Job listings

The new ‘Filled’ status for job listings will help you differentiate the positions that are filled and open.

We are not done yet

There are several other improvements and fixes rolled out with this update. The update is being rolled out to all the Pro subscribers.

What keeps us going is your support, kind words, and criticisms. We are always open to suggestions and feedback! If you have a feature request, feedback, or any suggestions, please submit them here. We would love to hear from you.

Please do subscribe to our newsletter to get updates and offers. 

V 3.2.0: Full Changelog

  • Added: Advanced settings to manage application status (Settings > Advanced) with the option to send notification automatically on status change.
  • Added: HTML editor support for notifications.
  • Added: Country-based input option for phone fields.
  • Added: ‘Filled’ admin filter and state for job listings.
  • Fixed: ‘Disable Form’ issue in application shortcode.
  • Improved: Form builder error handling.
  • Improved: Elementor popup support for the application form.
  • Dev: Repeater field support (programmatically) for the application form.
  • Dev: Hooks to customize the export page.
  • Dev: Hooks to customize job display options.
  • Other minor bug fixes and style improvements.

WP Job Openings Pro V 3.2.0 is being rolled out to all the Pro customers. We encourage you to update your site as soon as possible to take advantage of the latest features and improvements.

New Feature: Restrict Duplicate Applications for Job Listings

We are introducing a most sought-after feature – Restrict duplicate applications. 

The Issue of Duplicate Applications

Some job seekers apply multiple times to a job posting. Often they do it out of desperation, thinking it would improve their chances or because they have no way of knowing that their application was successfully submitted the first time. But it only serves to make the lives of recruiters harder. Finding and removing duplicate applications was a real headache for our clients and they were requesting a solution. 

We decided to tackle the issue and soon zeroed into these factors in our brainstorming sessions.

  • Users should be able to identify duplicates quickly without any complicated entanglements like authentication and OTP
  • The potential fix should not be cookie-based as it is less secure and will not be effective all the time.
  • Candidates should be assured that their application was successful and thus need not apply again.

 Well, now say goodbye to duplicate applications. We are addressing this issue in WP Job Openings Pro 3.1.0! 🎉

The Solution

We have now added a checkbox to activate the new feature under WordPress Dasboard > Job Openings > Settings > Forms > General 

If the option is selected, the plugin will validate each application by email and phone number and restrict duplicate submissions. 

This option will be enabled by default for all new Pro users. Existing users will have to enable this option manually to be able to prevent duplications. 

How We Fixed It

We now validate the applications with the email address and phone number. When a candidate tries to submit an application, the plugin will check for previous applications with the same email ID or phone number. If such an application is found, the candidate will get a message indicating that they have already applied for the job. (Yes, the message can be customized too)

Other Changes In V3.1.0

  • Added: Shortcodes for Jobs count and Job Specifications (Settings > Shortcodes).
  • Added: Elementor popup support for form shortcode.
  • Improved: Form builder error handling.
  • Dev: Added hooks to customize administrative pages.

More Updates Are On The Way!

We are working to make the plugin more fascinating. We are fixing issues and working on some more amazing features. If you have any issue that’s bothering you or you would like a new cool feature, head to our roadmap and submit them. 

A new dashboard, Multi-form support, UI Improvements, and more – WPJO 3.0

Most companies are winding down for the holidays, and here we are releasing a brand new version of WP Job Openings and Pro. We have released version 3.0 of the free version 2 weeks ago and just rolling out version 3.0 of the Pro version this week.

Since the beginning, we have strived our best to keep the plugin improved in every single update, adding more value for our users. We actively listen to our users and release updates quite regularly. This is our most exciting update for the plugins yet. 

Your favorite Job Listing & Recruitment plugin is better than ever!

There are significant code improvements and UI improvements for both the plugins with some brand new most-sought features.  

WP Job Openings 3.0 (Free Version)

Version 3.0 is our most exciting update yet, with some significant UI improvements and new features like a dashboard to get a cockpit view of everything happening with your recruitment, new pagination options, and a much better job specifications management module. 

WP Job Openings Pro  3.0

The Pro is even more powerful with extra features for the newly introduced dashboard, multiform support, advanced export options, etc.

Dashboard / Overview page 

In general, the dashboard is the most noticeable new thing in the update. The pro comes with an additional widget in the dashboard – a doughnut chart for analyzing the applications by their status. Also, you will get  Month, Week, and Day-based filters for the Applications Analytics widget. 

We have some ideas to make the dashboard more powerful with some:

Multi-form support

We have wanted to add this as a feature for a long time. WP JO Pro already supports replacing the default form with any custom form. But we used to have only a universal form for all the job listings. This update changes that. 

Now you can create multiple forms as per your requirement using our form builder and use them in the job listings as you like. Notification options for the forms also can be handled individually from the form builder.  

Export Applications

The new export screen lets you export applications based on different combinations.

Pagination

Added number based pagination

More features

  • UI Improvements
  • Order by and Order support for job listing shortcode (Settings > Shortcodes).
  • Option to mark a job position filled
  • Options to change job detail strings (Settings > Appearance > Change Strings > Job Detail Strings)
  • Unicode character support for application print feature

What keeps us going is your support, kind words, and criticisms. We are always open to suggestions and feedback!! If you have a feature request, feedback, or any suggestions, please submit them here. We would love to hear from you.

Please do subscribe to our newsletter to get updates and offers. 

Full Changelog

WP Job Openings 3.0

  • Admin UI improvements.
  • Job listing UI improvements. The template file needs to be updated if overridden in the theme.
  • Added: Overview page with support for Applications Analytics widget, Get Started widget, Recent Applications widget, Open Positions widget, and Your Listings widget.
  • Added: Multiple pagination support – Classic or Modern.
  • Fixed: ‘Add New’ button for applications being displayed for Multisite network.
  • Fixed: Issue in removing duplicate job specification options.
  • Fixed: Email digest from address is not the same as the mail address for admin notification.
  • Improved: Admin dashboard widget.
  • Improved: Job Specifications settings.
  • Improved: HR user capabilities.
  • Dev: Deprecated job listing hooks.
  • Dev: Deprecated recent jobs widget hooks.
  • Dev: Hook to override the allowed HTML for the form.
  • Dev: Hook to customize expired job content.
  • Code improvements.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

WP Job Openings PRO 3.0

  • Admin UI improvements.
  • Added: Multiple Forms Support (Settings > Form > Form Builder).
  • Added: Order by and Order support for job listing shortcode (Settings > Shortcodes).
  • Added: Applications by Status Overview widget.
  • Added: Month, Week, and Day-based filters for Applications Analytics widget.
  • Added: Position Filled feature.
  • Added: Options to change job detail strings (Settings > Appearance > Change Strings > Job Detail Strings).
  • Added: Export Applications by Job Listing or Application Form.
  • Added: Unicode character support for application print feature.
  • Fixed: Conflict with Yoast SEO plugin, resulting in blank or duplicate applications.
  • Fixed: Placeholder not working in the application form.
  • Improved: Content handling based on user capabilities.
  • Dev: Improved the hook to customize the print styles for applicant details.
  • Code improvements.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

WP Job Openings Pro 3.0 is now available. We encourage you to update your site as soon as possible to take advantage of the latest features and improvements.

We join hands with #WPGivesAHand Movement – Seven Days Of Giving Back

WordPress powers over 43% of websites on the internet and the power behind this juggernaut are the vibrant community. Yes, this open-source platform thrives and is on a roll due to this amazing community. And we are proud to say that we too are part of this community and we are diligently contributing our share too. 

Our Love for WordPress 

Right from its inception, Awsm Innovations always had a fascination for WordPress. Our core development team today boasts of having the coveted WordPress Core Contributor badges. 

We strongly believe in giving back to the community and have always paid our dues. We have pledged our resources for the Five for the Future initiative, and financially supported Big Orange Heart and the PHP Foundation.

And this year we came across another worthy movement – WPGivesAHand.

“WordPress Gives A Hand” Movement

WPGivesAHand is a WordPress-wide charity movement created by friends from across the WordPress community and makes donations on special events from all over the world. For Christmas, all the WordPress companies/developers that have joined this movement will contribute a portion of their product sales between December 20 and 26th, 2021 towards charity. 

We couldn’t help but join this movement when we came to know about this noble venture. We will donate 15% of the sales revenue from WP Job Openings to WP Gives A Hand, which will be used for the Hope Community Village, Kerala, India.

Hope Community Village offers long-term family care to orphan and destitute children, by giving them a loving home with a mother, family, education, and opportunities. They help the children in need to build their lives again by giving them a home and a family. 

We believe children are the future and thus it is our responsibility to ensure their wellbeing. We are only happy to make a contribution that will help build a better tomorrow. 

How to join us?

If you like to join us in becoming part of a worthy cause, you can purchase our WP Job Openings from here any time between December 20 and 26th, 2021. You can also spread the word about this movement by including the hashtag #wpgivesahand in your social media posts. 

We really hope you will join us for the celebrations!

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