Saturday, June 18th, 2011 - The Sustain Group
  • More than 400 hiring managers, recruiters and jobseekers surveyed
  • More than 50% of jobseekers are applying for more than four jobs at a time
  • 41% of jobseekers never receive a response to an application filed for a role
  • 83% of jobseekers feel that their resume is relevant to the role, yet 52% of hiring managers and recruiters thought that the resumes ere poorly constructed
  • 47% of jobseekers are rejected because they cannot demonstrate experience or knowledge
In the first of a new series of workforce surveys, The Sustain Group has released data that shows there is an ever increasing gap between jobseekers and employers when it comes to applying for jobs or responding to applications. In talking to the data, the CEO of The Sustain Group and one of Australia’s most respected employment trends commentators, Matthew Tukaki, said there was plenty of anecdotal evidence out there already, but the data really now backs that up:

“Isn’t it remarkable that there is such a large gap between the expectation of the jobseeker and that of the hiring manager or recruiter? Even if we take the fact that 83% of jobseekers thought their resume was relevant and 52% of hiring managers believed the resume was poorly constructed, then that in itself is pretty bad news. There was also criticism from jobseekers that they either not getting a response or the response was more than a month – yet, on the employer side, for single roles, some of them were being inundated by applicants, sometimes in the hundreds. Ask yourself if it is feasible for a small to medium sized business hiring manager to respond to more than 200 applications for one role?” Mr Tukaki said

“The other part of the data that is concerning is that jobseekers appear to be applying for multiple roles (more than 4 at any one time) and when you strip this data back even further, jobseekers are applying for roles, using the same resume, for jobs they know they don’t fit into or would not succeed in gaining an interview. On the employer side, there is criticism that resumes have either too little or too much information and, tellingly, when it comes to the really important information, it is either not present on the resume or all over the place.” Mr Tukaki said

Mr Tukaki also indicated that the data and anecdotal evidence coming through also showed employers were increasingly concerned at the embellishments that are appearing on applicants resumes:

“It seems as if there is a growing number of jobseekers out there who are prepared to “prop up” a resume by embellishing what they do or what they have done. There are more than enough examples of people falsifying qualifications, but experience falsification is becoming a bigger and more costly problem – you put someone in the role because you feel they have the experience, but once in it, it turns out the employee has next to no experience. What a lot of jobseekers are also missing is the fact that recruiters and hiring managers are turning to social and professional media sites, as well as Google to validate what people are saying on resumes or fill gaps.” Mr Tukaki said

On the jobseeker side, Mr Tukaki has this advice:
1.Don’t apply for more than one role using the same resume time and time again. Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. In the end your resume won’t make sense to a potential hiring manager
2.Don’t scatter gun your approach when looking for a job – take your time, research who you want to work for and target a role as opposed to targeting 100 roles
3.Don’t falsify or embellish your resume – 9 times out of 10 you will be caught well before a job offer appears

On the employer side, Mr Tukaki has this advice:
1.Set up an automated response to a job advertisement and use a single email address when accepting applications. This will set the expectation up front that a response may be some time to come or not at all
2.Make it clear what you want when you advertise a job role, too many employers or recruiters waffle with rubbish that says to the jobseeker “i’m open to take all applications” – if you want 200 plus responses write a bad job advertisement

For more detailed comment contact Matthew Tukaki, CEO of The Sustain Group on 0410 481 404: you can download the report here:

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The Sustain Group

The Sustain Group is a business that strives to work with other organisations, Government and the community to transform towards a more sustainable future. As an organisation we recognise that climate change, the environment and corporate social investment can confuse people when it comes to translating a desire to change to real outcomes and outputs. At The Sustain Group we provide a range of services and programs from sustainability recruitment and learning, through to consulting and research. On the technology front, we work to provide products that are innovative and forward thinking. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with tangible outcomes, not just advice. Our consulting division works in partnership with some of the worlds most respected institutions on everything from the calculation of an organisations carbon output, through to research and development. Here at The Sustain Group we also live and breathe what we preach. Our commitment to programs such as the United Nations Global Compact and our own "Living Earth" initiative are second to none.
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