Truths About Recruitment Industry That’s Hard to Digest


Finding good jobs are getting harder day by day. There are many applicants for jobs and only the best of the best are selected. Sounds familiar right?

But honestly, this is what recruiters want you to believe. The truth behind the recruitment industry is far more shocking.  And I hope you are ready to face the reality. Let’ go!

The usual recruitment process is what is followed by most companies. It starts with advertising a position online or in the newspaper. Then flows in  100s of applications (resumes) soon after.

But does it mean that the search is over?

According to recruitment agencies around the world, it’s not so.

When a CV is received, the average time it takes to go through it is around 5-7 seconds. Within this time the candidate should be able to grab the attention of the employer. Every other application will go in the bin.

That’s not all.

The filtering process done by the human resources departments leaves out of resumes, leaving only a few for the process.

This is due to many reasons such as,

  1. Not matching meeting the  expectations of the company
  2. Spellings and grammar mistakes in the resume
  3. Not optimized or lousy written resumes
  4. Lack of  a professional photo
  5. Having unprofessional email addresses eg:

The selected ones are put through to the next stages of the process and ultimately one candidate is selected. This is the usual process for recruiting the right candidate.

However according to industry experts, this is always not the case. When a small company advertises for a job position, experienced people rarely applies. Sometimes there’s no one at all.

Another unbelievable factor is that, there are many people with paper qualifications but none of them have the experience in the field to do the job.

This is where things get interesting. Some companies hire employees based on their academic qualifications and some based on experience. These standards change from time to time according to industry needs.

Another surprising fact is the battle between companies to hire top and popular employees. It is no secret that a candidate may apply for more than one job at a time.

When the candidate is called for interviews by these companies, he/she gets a choice to choose among them. Meanwhile companies spy on each other and get this information via industry circles and try to steal the candidate for themselves by offering a higher wage than what is offered by the other company.

It’s quite amazing how desperate sometimes they can be. If played right, the employee can get the benefit of the situation.

Even though companies spend so much on recruitment agencies to find employees, 68{c3361bb0cafa607323a298437b54afc507cdfbda6b55a640fbdde2a09fd3f6b4} of employers find potential  candidates via Facebook and LinkedIn. However, industry experts say that the candidates they find from LinkedIn are more suitable for the job than the ones they find through Facebook. The reason is obvious, LinkedIn being a professional network while Facebook is mostly used for building causal relationships. .

Social media plays a big role in the recruitment industry today.  You can get hired as well as fired by using social media in a particular way.

Best example is Kimberley Swann.Like anyone of us she was using her Facebook account her frustration about her 9-5 job. But unfortunately for her, her status update “first day at work. omg (oh my God)!! So dull!!” was found by her upper management, and of course, she was cut loose three weeks later.

Read more horrifying stories here.

Another unbelievable fact is that some companies do not keep a proper track of their recruits. The normal procedure would be to maintain a proper organizational chart by the company to manage their recruits. But some companies completely ignore this and ends up mixing up their recruits. Some companies hire many people for the same position and some companies forget that they have an opening for a position. The way to solve this problem is a organizational chart that can be updated online and can easily be drawn using an org chart software.

As you can see, recruiting is hard as finding a job. Finding the right person for the job can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. And keeping them on the job is the next challenge faced by the companies.

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