Searching for talent is consuming

On the other side of the job search process is those poor, exhausted employers. No one envies their jobs.

While candidates have to slog through unpolished, unwieldy job sites and crippling uncertainty, employers have to actually deal with the back-end of those terrible processes.

It’s up to the employers to make heads or tails of whatever information they’re given. It’s on them to make sure their company’s time and hard-earned money is spent correctly and that the right hiring decision is made.

Employers can become exhausted by:

  • Not knowing if the candidate is passionate about their company
  • Not knowing if the candidate is just looking for the first available job
  • Spending company time
  • Spending company resources
  • Screening candidates
  • Assessing culture fit
  • Scheduling interviews
  • Building consensus
  • Waiting on offer letters to be accepted

Employers spend way too much time, money, and energy trying to hire the right candidate

  • The job search process is time-consuming and frustrating. Employers’ time is money, and speaking of money …
  • Job postings and applicant tracking come at a price. That’s more and more money out of the employer’s bottom line.
  • Posting content to job sites lacks a branded and meaningful experience. This costs employers even more time and — worse — potential candidates.
  • Lack of transparency in the hiring process fatigues employers’ potential candidates and keeps the employers unaccountable.

Employers’ frustration compounds when you consider the time and effort it takes to hire the right candidate.

27% of recruiters surveyed said that lengthy hiring practices were holding managers back from hiring.* Hiring good people takes way too long.

It takes companies an average of 52 days to fill open positions — up from 48 days in 2011.* But should hiring the right candidate for a job really take months and months?

Recruiters spend hours sifting through resumes and profiles of candidates who may or may not be qualified for the open position, who may or may not be the right fit for the company’s culture.

The way people search for jobs costs companies and candidates time, money, peace of mind, and more.

So, why are we all so OK with this?

Everyone needs a job. Everyone needs to go through a hiring process in some form or fashion. Why have job sites been designed for search engines and not for the employers and job candidates who need them most — you know, the people.

To put it bluntly, companies and job candidates have settled for less with the job search process. It’s time to think about old ideas in a new and exciting way that benefits people — not processes.

Employers are exhausting themselves trying to hire the right candidate, and, for some reason, no one has done anything about it.

Instead, we’ve settled for headaches, late nights, stress, and uncertainty. Instead, we’ve put company cultures at risk. Instead, we’ve resigned ourselves to putting off hiring much-needed employees for months — or sometimes even years.

A world where companies and job candidates have real relationships before they ever meet can become a reality.

A world where companies can take the guesswork out of finding the right needle in the haystack to fit their company’s culture can become a reality. And a world where employers empower their prospective employees and instill in them a passion for their company’s purpose before they ever get an interview can become a reality.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And there’s always a better way.