The average person changes jobs 10-15 times during his or her career. According to time.com the average job search is 43 days.
Job searching is not what it used to be.
Job searching hasn’t always been like it is today. It used to be simple! You used to write a resume, print it out, check the newspaper for jobs, and call to schedule an interview. If the interview went well, you got the job!
Sadly, that’s not how it works anymore. We live in the information age where the world is getting smaller every single day. Your friends aren’t just the people you went to school with, they are scattered all over the globe. While this is great news, it might be the reason you are having a hard time finding a job.
It’s the same with hiring managers. They aren’t just hiring the local boys or girls. They are finding the best talent from all over the world. Thanks to sites like Indeed.com, ZipRecruiter.com, and Monster.com, it has never been easier for companies to receive hundreds of qualified candidates at the click of a button.
Are job boards actually helping job seekers?
Have you ever wondered how job boards make their money? If you search for a job on Indeed, you might notice that they never charge you a penny. Instead, they charge the hiring companies for sponsored job postings. It might seem like job boards have your best interest, but do they really?
Not at all.
Job boards cater to companies! After all, if it wasn’t for these companies paying for sponsored jobs, you wouldn’t have a job board to apply on. Companies are able to get more applicants to their jobs in a shorter period of time using job boards. Companies now have the luxury of being extremely picky regarding who they hire. But how does all of this affect you as a job seeker?
The more applicants there are for a position, the lower your chances of landing an interview and the more likely you will have a hard time finding a job. Ere.net says, on average:
- 1,000 individuals will see a job post
- 200 will begin the application process
- 100 will complete the application
- 75 of those 100 will be screened out by an ATS or recruiter
- 25 resumes will be seen by the hiring manager
- 5 will be invited for an interview
- 2 of them will be invited back for final interviews
- 1 will be offered that job
With such a large number of applicants, it’s no surprise you are having a hard time finding a job. Companies have needed to increase their use of recruiters, staffing agencies, and other related professionals.
Are more recruiters actually helping job seekers?
“Hey, what about recruiters!? There are more recruiters than ever. That should definitely help with the job search process, right?”
It is our passion to help fit you in the right job and help the company actually find the perfect employee. It’s a win win for all. Over the last 25 years we have created lasting relationships with employers and have kept a consistent brand helping find “homes” for everyone.
Solutions to improve the job search.
Everybody agrees, it is hard to find a job. So, how can we make it easier? Improving the overall job search will have to be a group effort.
Do a better job at regulating postings. Remove old jobs. Improve spam filters. Improve job search filters.
Post more detailed job descriptions. Use realistic job titles. Stop being so vague. Disclose salaries. Provide as much information as possible!
Companies & Staffing Agencies
Stop hiring young and inexperienced professionals to screen senior level professionals. At least provide sufficient training to support your recruiter staff.
Don’t be like other recruiters. Care for job seekers. Take time on resumes. Be different. Be a good recruiter.
Invest in a resume writing service. Stop spamming your resume on job boards and LinkedIn. Apply to only relevant positions. If you apply to a position that is a stretch for your experience, don’t expect much.
Together we can make the process easier!