What’s the first thing you do when you’re looking for a job? Head to the job boards. Related: 3 Great Activities To Keep Your Job Search Moving You check out the “careers” section of different companies, scan Craigslist, Monster, Indeed, and other huge job networks. This might seem like a good idea. But do you know how many applications a typical job posting receives? 120 applications in just one week, and an average of 250 applications from the time it’s posted until the vacancy is filled. Based on those numbers, your chance of getting the job is a measly 0.4%. That’s not a typo.
The Black Hole Recruiting BoxCompany job portals aren’t any better. It’s often called a black hole recruiting box, as the odds of hearing back are so slim, says Liz Ryan, CEO of Human Workplace and former HR SVP for a Fortune 500 company. Company recruitment portals are often outdated, so the vacancies posted are either already filled or non-existent. Even when a previously advertised position becomes available again, hiring managers don’t have time to sift through the crap load of resumes already sitting on their database. Why? Because they have no idea if the people who applied previously are still interested, or if their contact numbers are accurate! So they choose the easier route: contact a recruiter, fill the position internally or post the vacancy in a job board.
Manifestations Of A Recruiting Black Hole And The 2 Out Of 100 Outliers With No Job Offer
- Any recruiting portal where you need to answer about a dozen questions, almost like an interview!
- Company websites collecting resumes, even if there’s no advertised position or vacancy matching your skill set. “We’ll keep your resume on file and contact you if an opening matches your qualifications.” Yeah, right. That’s recruiter speak for “not gonna happen…”