The Current State of Hiring

by Mar 21, 2019Wealth

The current state of hiring is well a little inefficient, as some of you may have experienced. The current process has two paths to getting a job. The traditional way is to get your resume up to date and send it in on a job posting board or company website. Once in this resume is either reviewed by human eyes looking for crucial content, keywords, a timeline of work history, action words used like “I lead the team” or “I developed a program” or some other criteria they are looking for that position.

The other way a resume is reviewed by a computer search for keywords and scoring it based on the number of keywords used. FYI an easy way around this is to put a section in your resume with all the keywords relevant for the position. Works most of the time. The other method used to get a job is researching the company, making connections to key people via LinkedIn, or emailing them directly. This theory is to get ahead of the competition, so the company is already familiar with you—kind of like establishing a relationship with the company before they have a position or post the job.

The first method of sending a resume is by far the most common way, as most people do not have the time or ability to build a relationship with a company that may or may not have a position. So I will focus on the first method of sending a resume in and what issues there are with this method. If human eyes are reviewing the resume, how many can they look at? Let’s say 1,000 resumes come in for a position, and one person has the task to review. How long will this take one person to get through all the resumes? A week? Don’t think all 1,000 will be reviewed. That being the case, you could be the best applicant, but your resume is not even reviewed. Sorry!! One other concern is the person reviewing is probably not in the department making the hiring selection. They do not know what to look for, questions to ask, or what makes one candidate better than another. The computer looking and scoring for keywords can review all 1,000 resumes for the example above, but I noted there are ways around keywords just as I mentioned, but all the relevant keywords in a section on your resume will get around this issue.

However, changes could be on the way. AI (artificial intelligence), is now reviewing resumes looking for string sequences that match that position’s characteristic traits. The closer to the characteristics, the closer to the home cluster. I know a bunch of technical jargon. In simple terms, this program will work more like a human than a computer. The limitations are that is the resume is overinflated; the AI will push this to the top. This is when someone over exaggerates their history. The human the computer is mimicking is in the functional department, not just an HR person unfamiliar with the position. Once this is developed and put into place, more applicants will be reviewed, and better applicants moved to the top of the list. Just remember a resume is just a piece of paper, and YOU have to impress in the interview!

The hiring process forgets the candidates is a person with feelings and family, and more. Too much focus on checking the boxes on those particular job openings and not enough on the person. Most jobs are filled without going through the job application process. This is networking. Because of the networking process, the candidate experience is already known because there is a relationship established. Also, these open positions may not be published. There is an established relationship, and the hiring manager makes the decision on the stop. Networking is by far the best process to land a job because is circumvents the recruitment process and eliminates the gatekeeper.

In all, the entire process is broke if you think about it! When looking for a spouse, you don’t review a piece of paper, ask questions for 60 minutes, then get married, do you? The same is true if you adopt a child, so why is the interview process this way? Like everything else, BECAUSE that is how it has always been. It does not matter if it is an internships, state agencies/state government, or employer brand or choice; they all use the same recruiting process.

Know this job seeker; the employment opportunity process is not in your favor. The good news is everyone in the job market faces the same set of circumstances. The best advice is to do your research before you start the job search process. Know everything about the company you are targeting and make sure the company culture fits before spending all the time. Do not waste time with a recruiter as they will probably be of little help. Know the first hurdle of any company is qualified candidates, so ensure you have the correct skill set and professional talent. Be persistent, network, and land that new job!

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Hello, my name is David Zaepfel. I blog about things that matter to you and try to break them down into simple and easy terms so that you can understand what is really going on.  I am a firm believer that simple is the best way to go.  Don’t overly complicate things as life is complicated enough without being bombarded with over the head talk.  Keep it simple!  Let me know what you think.


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