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Why You May Not Be to Blame For Your Job Search Problems
Friday, May 11, 2012

Some interview processes can sound like horror stories. Candidates just getting left high and dry or sent through an obstacle course of interviews on to come out empty handed.


In these cases, and many others like it, sometimes even when you do have a superb resume the recruiter will send you on a wild goose chase because of their lack of organization.


There are also other factors on top of that work against you and here are some:


1) When finances are tight, everyone has to make cuts--even recruiters. In-house recruiters are sometimes required to find people to fill open postion throughout several of the company's departments. In this case, they'll be all over the place and each process will take longer and perhaps not done with the utmost attention to detail.


2) The unemployment rate is still high. While things are improving the number of unemployed people is still a large amount. Even when numbers are lower, it just means that people have completely removed themselves from the workforce.


3) Managers feel like the can be picky when they have so many applicants to choose from. Even candidates who seem perfect for the job might get passed over for someone else just as good but maybe had something in common with the manager.


People who apply for a position believe that they are a good fit to fill it so imagine when a recruiter has to go through thousands of applicants for several positions. It's simply a matter of there just not being enough jobs available for the amount of applicants.


To get through this process quickly, recruiters will scan resumes for key words to narrow down the choices. These applications are the ones that get passed on to the hiring manager who gave the recruiter the description to look for.


They train their eyes to look for skills that incorporate these key words so it's important to carefully read the job description and modify it accordingly.


It's hard to gauge whether a candidate is really the best person for the job in a process with this kind of methodology. But when times are tough, things get little more cut-throat.


Many companies' hiring processes could do with some improvement. The careful consideration for candidates is somewhat lacking and now it seems that the best candidate is the person who knows how to best work the system, rather than the best resume.