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9 Recruiting Facts

At Staffing it is interesting to read some of the interesting stats from the recruitment industry. Whether you are a recruitment agency, employer or candidate you will be surprised and facinated with the following recruiting facts (Updated September 2018):

  • Just as the number of job opening can increase it often will decrease at an even faster rate if an economy is slowing down. Nothing is constant so the highest salaries are secured when unemployment rates are lowest. Rememnber however lock in your job and salary at the peak as you may be looking for work when the cycle dips. With approximately 80% of available jobs never advertised you should never stop career networking.
  • Many organisations use talent-management software to screen resumes that look at keywords to screen out up to 79% of applicants without ever looking at a resume or cover letter
  • Organisations spend on average 5 and 7 seconds reviewing resumes, 1 grammar or spelling mistake and your CV will be thrown away. 73% of CVs are ignored if your email address is unprofessional.
  • It was reported of the 17,000 new hires 56% of them failed within 19 months and of these, 85% left because their attitudes did not align to that of the organisation. Only 13% failed because of a lack of skills.
  • The average cost of replacing a member of staff earning is $5,000 and $10,000.
  • Companies on average look for the consider the following traits before making an offer: 31% look for multitasking skills; 30% look for initiative; 22% look for creative thinking; and 10% look for something else in the candidate.
  • It is interesting to note that only 6% of unsuccessful candidates were given feedback that was moderately useful from hirers. Only 3% of candidates received valuable feedback.
  • Phone interviews last 29 minutes and face-to-face interviews last 45 minutes on average. In a survey of 2,000 hiring managers, 30% claimed to know whether or not they would hire someone within 10 minutes. After that, it usually takes 1 day to 8 days to hear from the recruiters with their decision.
  • On average new candidates take between 22 and 28 weeks to reach optimum productivity.
  • companies report that 1 in 22 job offers (around 5%) are rejected by their first choice of candidate. Usually because they have received another offer, however often for many other reasons.

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the career journey lasts a lifetime with most people repeating the cycle of seeking new employment 6 to 18 times over their lifetime. At Staffing we are committed to providing you with career advice and resources to assist you in this journey. We hope you found this article of interest, and that is assists you in your search for the perfect job, whether it be jobs, a 2 career or role. Our Australia team of recruiting specialists are consistently recognised in the top 9 staff agencies Australia wide. If you are a job seeker then click on the Find Work button to upload your resume and be matched to Staffing's job database, including 2 roles in Australia. Alternatively, if you are an Employer then call us on 1300 790 330 to discover how we can help turn your front desk recruitment, service employee melb cbd or customer focused personnel business' recruiting needs into a Staffing solution!

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