Why is it, when we leave school, we know more about coastal erosion than we do finding a job? If your goal is to measure coastal erosion in order to protect British coastlines, then great! Now it’s just a case of finding a job which allows you to follow your rock measuring dreams and convince them to hire you.
The thought of job hunting is not an exciting prospect for many. A lot of people feel completely ill-equipped when it comes to navigating the job market. Many people are at a complete loss and resort to a quick google search, find some online CV writing guides and attend a workshop titled “learn to write a good CV In 30 minutes”.
Let the hunt begin…
Now it is time to apply. Where do you go to look for job ads? Job hunting websites like indeed, CV library and Reed have thousands of jobs available and some even offer reviews of the companies you’re applying for. This is great, but the application process is not. Especially since the competition is so intense. Before a human even sees your CV you have to hope you’ve chosen the right key words for it to be picked by their algorithms. Then you’re faced with an online automated test.
What happened to “I’m a quick learner, ready to put all of my energy into this role”. Before they get a chance to even prove that, most candidates are thrown out of the mix.
Another option is to upload your CV to these sites and let the algorithms choose for you and patiently wait till you get an interview. Great.
The Waiting Game
Is this familiar? You’re sending out hundreds of CV’s. Doing daily online tests on your “organisational skills”, that don’t accurately measure your ability. Getting no response other than an automated email 2 months later saying the employer closed the position? You’re not sure why you’re not getting through to the interview stage, because according to the crash course on CV writing and guides found on the internet your CV is top-notch.
No one is communicating with you, every day you wait, to only be rejected by a computer. This is detrimental to your confidence. If no one is making the time to even interview you, it leaves you frustrated and doubting whether you are even applying for the right roles.
It is even harder for those trying to move into a new career. You won’t have the 1-5 years previous experience. You may not have every single attribute, but before you can prove that what you have learnt so far is useful, you’ve already been rejected.
So what can the recruitment industry do to change this situation?
The human touch
This is why people need to step back into recruiting, but with genuine compassion for their role and the people they deal with. As a candidate, there's nothing worse than having employers or recruiters dangling the carrot of a great job - only to find it disappear because the recruiter hasn’t set aside enough time to respond to you. Rejection can’t be avoided, but as recruiters we can urge employers to give us feedback on why that candidate wasn’t a good fit.
This is why, a good recruiter will continue to keep in contact with a candidate and even fight for them if they believe they are what the company is looking for. If not, they are able to provide feedback which will leave the candidate feeling hopeful rather than crushed.
Why employers should utilise an outsourced recruitment provision
If you’re an employer, an experienced recruitment professional knows how to write clear and engaging job ads based on exactly what the company is looking for. If not written properly you won’t see the right candidates applying, making your recruitment process that much harder.
We are in a candidate driven market, yet we are making the job hunting process a nightmare for them. As an industry we can change that for them and gain their trust by building strong relationships.