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Google is often acknowledged as having the world's strongest employer brand. The technology titan receives over 3 million applicants each year. Only 7000 become “Googlers” which gives candidates a 0.2% chance of getting hired.

Employer value proposition

What is your brand?

The employer brand represents the market’s perception of your company as an employer, but also describes your promise (or employee value proposition) to employees in exchange for their experience, talents, contacts, or skills.

Employer brand describes an employer’s reputation as a place to work, as opposed to the more general corporate brand reputation and value proposition to customers. The term became popular in the 90’s and it’s now an established specialism within HR departments, drawing on techniques from marketing.

Employer branding, then, is simply how you market your company to desired job seekers and to your own employees. You can do this by showcasing your organization’s unique cultural differentiators, the working environment and benefits you offer your employees, and then working to amplify the messages so you can position yourself as a desirable place to work.

Employer branding has become a core HR function in the past years. Companies are famously fighting “the war for talent” and deploy techniques to attract talent, just as marketers aim to attract and retain new customers.

To start your employer branding process, you need to define your own employer value proposition, or EVP. Here, you develop a clear and compelling expression of why your ideal candidates should want to join your company. This should be synergised with your corporate brand to ensure you manage the overall brand reputation.

A strong EVP is a talent magnet. It connects the company culture to applicant messages and articulates each company’s differentiating factors with catchy one liners.

For example, Apple’s EVP tagline is:

“Do your life’s best work here. With the whole world watching.”

For L’Oreal, it is:

“A thrilling experience, a culture of excellence.”

Over to you

In the next step, you’ll get the chance to create your own value proposition, but first, share your thoughts about these brands.

  • What is your initial response to each of these examples of EVP taglines?
  • What do you think each tagline tells you about Apple or L’Oreal?

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