There has always seemed to be a disconnect between what recruiters and job-seekers think and see in around the job-seach/hiring arena and there is no greater area of contention than in the job posting / résumé submission process.
In our recent survey of 633 job-seekers, 553 recruiters (264 corporate, 215 contingent, 72 retained) and 119 career coaches / counselors we asked job-seekers specifically what was the deciding factor in whether or not they apply to opportunities they come.
As seen from the chart below, the majority of respondents said that their match to the qualifications required was the biggest deciding factor and some other smaller pieces followed after that with a few saying they would apply to everything out there.
When I have shared this chart and information with recruiter friends, most have been surprised by the results because as recruiters if we get ten résumé from a posting, half of them are no where near qualified for the job posted.
Another question in the survey asked all three (recruiters, career coaches, and job-seekers) where most job-seekers falter in the process and everyone agreed (even job-seekers) that applying to jobs that they are not qualified for is the biggest area of improvement for those seeking work .
After finishing the results of this survey I have often wondered how the vast majority of job-seekers can say they are only applying for jobs that they are qualified for and then turn around and say that the biggest mistake that job-seekers make is not doing so. In any case, it is important to remember as you are looking for new jobs that if you do not meet at least 75% of the qualifications then you are more than likely not going to get a call back.
Just food for thought.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!