How to fix your candidate search problems

If you’re an employer struggling to find qualified job candidates, the fault might be at least partly yours.

That’s the conclusion of a new CareerBuilder survey that found many employers aren’t doing a very good job of making it clear what kind of skills and experience they’re looking for.

Job-seekers say they want to know more about day-to-day job duties (76 percent), essential skillsets (57 percent), and what might make them the right fit (50 percent).

When considering a specific position, here’s what else applicants want to know before they apply:

  • 81 percent want to know the name and contact information of the person who posted the job;
  • 72 percent want to talk to a company recruiter or hiring manager first;
  • 74 percent want to know the salary range ahead of time;
  • 82 percent want an idea of the organizational structure to see where the position falls;
  • 65 percent say location is the primary factor in their search.

Interestingly, more than half of companies wait for candidates to apply, rather than aggressively recruit, and so the average time it takes them to fill a position is 26 to 34 days.

Would-be employees are to blame, too.

CareerBuilder also found that applicants aren’t sufficiently familiar with the current hiring process. For instance, 53 percent of employers said they don’t get enough information on most resumes to make a decision.  They’d like to see more details, as well as a portfolio and cover letter, links to social media profiles, and professional recommendations.

Finally, if you’re looking for work, not receiving a response following an application doesn’t mean “no thanks.” More than half of employers surveyed said they revisit their applicant pool. In other words, following up is definitely recommended.

About the Author

Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.