Employer branding is about managing how you are perceived as an employer by the audiences that you are seeking to recruit and retain. Typical audiences are current and past employees and prospective candidates, including current or past applicants.
Commercial brand marketing seeks to engage current and prospective customers and to positively shape their appreciation of you and their desire to buy from you. In a similar way, employer branding is about positively positioning your talent offer to current and future employees so that you can attract the very best, more easily.
If you employ people, you have an employer brand! It’s essentially the way your talent audiences feel about you as a prospective employer, for good and for bad. And it has a major influence on people’s desire to apply for a job with you, to join you, to stay and to perform.
Your employer brand is constantly changing, and I’m afraid you’re not in charge of it - it lives with your target audiences. The question is, are you actively shaping what they know and how they feel about you? And are you using your employer brand opportunity to its full potential?
EVP definition: Your EVP is the central messaging which articulates your ‘Why work for us’. Some of the best EVPs also capture ‘What’s it like to work here’ and even ‘What do we expect from you / What can you expect from us’.
An EVP can take many forms but usually includes a core statement which can be deployed / adapted across your marketing channels and campaigns. But as our clients will tell you, if you want it to live, breathe and deliver recruitment results, it needs to be more than a few words on a page.
As described above, your employer brand lives with your target audiences - it’s about how they think and feel about you as a prospective or current employer. Your EVP is much more under your control. It’s your talent offer or ‘people deal’ in a nutshell. Beware though - you can say pretty much what you like in your EVP but if it’s more aspiration than reality, you’ll quickly be found out.
Great employer branding starts with what you know. We’ll conduct a 60 minute assessment of your current situation and provide summary insights and recommendations free of charge.