I read several articles and listen to podcasts every week on employment, job search and recruiting. Having studied how people find jobs for over 15 years, I am constantly amazed on the proliferation of conflicting and poor information that is published on the internet. It’s no wonder why job seekers get confused.
Here is a recent email that I received from an organization on a study that it performed on “Why Do Candidates Get Rejected”.
– 76% of all resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address.
– 61% of recruiters will dismiss a resume because it contains typos.
– 43% of hiring managers disqualify applicants because of their spelling mistakes.
– While the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they knew within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate. Some of the reasons for this included:
- 70% indicated applicants were too fashionable or trendy
- 67% indicated failure to make eye contact.
- 47% of applicants who had little or no knowledge of the company
- 33% for bad posture.
I am not sure who was surveyed, or what type of candidates these companies were hiring, but don’t you find it a little unlikely that 76% of all resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address and 33% of candidates are dismissed for bad posture?
I also think that the bosses who make hiring decisions within the first 90 seconds overlook good talent in a candidate driven market. Who would hire Albert Einstein?
Everyone have a terrific week.
Ken Lazar, Principal
Ability Professional Network, LLC
Recruiting Sales and Business Development Professionals