Job search is consuming
First, let’s examine the face of the stressful situation — the job candidates. These candidates may have just been let go, their company may have recently closed, or maybe they’re just passively looking for the next step in their career.
Whatever the reason, they’ve decided to take on the daunting task of updating their resume and slogging through the long and arduous process of digging through unwieldy job sites.
Here’s what they’ll find.
Job search is:
On mobile, job sites aren’t intuitive or easy to use. It makes it difficult for candidates to search for jobs while they’re on the go, causing missed opportunities and a lot of stress.
Not a transparent process
Job candidates don’t know where they are in the hiring process. This causes more stress and keeps employers unaccountable.
Job candidates have no idea where they are in the market or how competitive that market even is.
Job candidates have no relationship with the companies they are applying to work for.
We’ve all been through the miserable process of searching for jobs
Raise your hand if you have ever looked for a job.
Now, keep your hand raised if your job search was an easy, intuitive, and delightful experience.
Searching for jobs is a job in and of itself.
It takes time, resources, and valuable brain power. Job candidates spend untold hours filling out their information on job sites. The whole process is awkward (especially when the candidate is still employed) and takes a toll on the candidate physically and mentally, as searching for a job can take the place of sleep, working out, or enjoying hobbies.
Job search frustrations can make the process seem futile
- Marketability: How do candidates know if they’re looking for jobs in the right location? In the right industry? Or even in the right pay grade?
- Time: The job search process can be a long and drawn-out ordeal.
- Effort: Searching for jobs is a job in and of itself.
- Access: Candidates only being able to conduct a job search from their desktop greatly hinders the amount of time they can spend applying.
- Ambiguity: Candidates not knowing where they are in the application process can create unnecessary stress and disorientation.
- Relationship: Candidates can feel disconnected from companies.
- Stagnation: Job searches have gone from paper resumes getting lost in a stack of papers to digital resumes getting lost in an email inbox.
Add all of that frustration to the disorientation of the job search process.
An employee stays at a company for an average length of four years.* About every four years, the average employee holds their breath, updates their resume, and braces themselves for the unforgiving job search process.
75% of qualified job candidates are rejected by applicant tracking systems based on bogus reasons like incorrect formatting.* It makes you wonder why more job candidates haven’t thrown their computers out the window in frustration (probably because they need to keep applying using an outdated system).
39% of recruiting leaders agree that quality of hire is the most valuable metric for performance.* You can imagine how frustrating it is to qualified candidates who apply to companies that use outdated methods like an unwieldy ATS.
Only 60% of employers recruit passive candidates.* This heightens the stress for the job candidate once they have to start actively looking for jobs. Imagine how much easier life would be for passive candidates who already have a relationship with companies that are hiring. (And imagine how much easier life would be for employers, too!)
For job candidates, updating resumes is stressful.
They are relying on a sheet of paper to tell their entire story and give companies a sense of who they are.
Add that to the fact that sometimes those resumes aren’t even read correctly by companies’ outdated systems. It’s next to impossible for job candidates to form real relationships with companies and make informed decisions about which company fits them best because every company on a job site looks and sounds the same.
But the job search process doesn’t just take a toll on applicants — it’s tough on employers, as well.