14 Things Every Job Seeker and Recruiter Must Know

Nayomi Chibana

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Nayomi Chibana


Stop for a second and think about your work. Are you happy? Do you feel excited when you get up in the morning or do you think of ways to escape from the daily drudgery that awaits you?

In other words, do you feel like this?


Or a little more like this?

menial existence

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If you answered yes to the second, then read on. Chances are that you probably feel stagnated, underappreciated or simply out of place in your job or entire career path.

(You can also watch the video summary below or view the full-screen version here.)

“I’m Outta Here!”

Despite registering a record number of 5.75 million job openings this past March, the Labor Department reports that as many as 2.7 million Americans are quitting their jobs each month in 2016.

Number of Job quits in U.S.

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Why the huge turnover rates?

One reason could be that millennials, now the largest generation in the US workforce, expect more from their employers than just a basic salary--such as providing a sense of purpose and values like authenticity and transparency. But there are also other explanations.


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According to a study conducted by Accenture, workers are unhappy with their jobs for the following reasons:

  • Lack of recognition (43%)
  • Internal politics (35%)
  • Lack of empowerment (31%)
  • They don’t like their boss (31%)

In addition, another study released last week by CareerBuilder found that 76% of full-time employees are either open to new opportunities or actively seeking a job. At the same time, however, 48% of employers still can’t find the right employees to fill their job openings.

Why can’t job seekers connect with the right employers?

It seems like modern job seekers and recruiters just aren’t seeing eye to eye on a lot of things, which can lead to unmet expectations and plenty of frustrations along the way.


7 Things Job Seekers Must Know

This is why we've visualized some of CareerBuilder's findings in an infographic, which contains little-known facts on job seekers and employers and what they expect from the recruitment process.

things Job seekers need to know.

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1. You won’t find a job in a matter of days.

We live in an age of instant gratification, so when applicants don’t hear back from a recruiter within a matter of days or even weeks, they can get frustrated and decide to shift gears altogether. The study found, however, that the entire job-seeking process, from the moment you start looking to the moment you land a job, can take at least two months.


2. If you didn’t get the job, it doesn’t mean the company is done with you.

Another misconception is that if your application was rejected by a specific company, then you’ll probably never hear back from them again. In fact, 54% of employers contact past candidates who were not a right fit for other job offers. This means you should keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities by staying connected to their talent networks and signing up for alerts through job sites.


3. You need to send more than a resume.

53% of employers stated that a resume alone doesn’t provide enough information to assess whether a candidate is right for a job. Most recruiters want to see a tailored cover letter, samples of past work, recommendations and social media profiles.

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4. Most recruiters are looking for soft skills.

Employers don’t just want to know if you have the skills and experience for a specific job; they also want to know if you have the necessary soft skills, such as being dependable and exhibiting a positive attitude.


5. There might be others who want the job more than you.

The study found that job seekers, on average, are spending 11 hours a week looking for opportunities. You might be losing out if you’re not investing the same amount of time in your job search.


6. You don’t have to limit yourself to your field of study.

More than a third of employees (36%) don’t have jobs directly related to their field of study. Beyond your degree, employers are looking for candidates with transferrable skills and a high degree of trainability, so keep your options open.


7. Don’t jump at first offer.

Employers are becoming more competitive when it comes to finding the most qualified talent (66% plan to offer higher starting salaries in 2016), so don’t be too quick to accept the first offer as you’ll likely have more negotiating power as a job seeker.


7 Things Recruiters Must Know

On the flip side, here are little-known facts recruiters and employers should consider when seeking for just the right person to fill a job vacancy.

7 things employers need to know

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1. Job seekers are less willing to jump through hoops.

Perhaps as a result of a growing Millennial workforce (infamous for its alleged sense of entitlement), job seekers nowadays are less likely to go through long and arduous application processes, unless it is clear that a higher base salary will be offered in the end. One in five candidates, for example, would not complete an application that would take more than 20 minutes to complete. 76% said they would like to know how long an application takes to complete before they start it.


2. Candidates are not willing to wait weeks for a response.

The study also found that job seekers would wait, on average, two weeks to hear back from a recruiter before giving up on the offer altogether and moving on to other applications. Therefore, the more efficient and less drawn out your recruitment process is, the more likely it is to result in a successful hire.


3. If you can’t be found online, job seekers will move on.

In this day and age when everything is online, if job seekers can’t detect a strong online presence, then they’re more likely to move on to the next job offer. 64% said they researched a company before applying and 37% said they moved on to the next listing if they couldn’t find enough information online.


4. Candidates want more information in your job ad.

The majority--if not all--job seekers want to see more than just your company name and a description of what it does in your job ad. They also want to see:

  • Salary (74%)
  • Benefits package (61%)
  • Ratings by other employees (46%)
  • Hiring manager’s contact information (40%)
  • Options to work from home (39%)
  • How company enables work/life balance (35%)
  • Videos and images of work environment (31%)
  • Structure of team and hierarchy of role (27%)
  • Number of people who applied (25%)


5. Millennials will move on if your site isn’t mobile friendly.

1 in 10 millennials said that if they couldn’t apply for a job through their mobile device, then they would simply move on to the next offer. So, if you want to attract young talent, make sure that your pages don’t take too long to load and that your site is mobile responsive.


6. You might not be posting on all the right sites.

The study found that job seekers use up to 16 different sites in their job search, so make sure you’re posting your ad in the right places.


7. You might not be aware of how convoluted your recruitment process really is.

A mere 31% of employers have gone through the motions of their own recruitment processes to see what it’s like to complete them. Put yourself in candidates’ shoes and try the process for yourself to find any potential issues or find ways to improve it.


Your Turn

Did you find this informative or useful? Watch the video recap above and share it with your networks.

Any questions or comments, just drop us a line in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you!


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    About the Author

    Nayomi Chibana is a journalist and writer for Visme’s Visual Learning Center. Besides researching trends in visual communication and next-generation storytelling, she’s passionate about data-driven content.

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