It doesn’t matter if you’re a recent college graduate or a seasoned executive, finding a well-paying job these days can be tough. The United States Department of Labor reports Colorado’s unemployment rate at 8.1 percent as of May, slightly better than the national average of 8.2 percent. So it comes as no surprise that hiring managers nowadays must sift through dozens, if not hundreds, of applications per job posting. Typically, these gatekeepers pinpoint the most promising applicants and ignore the rest in the name of efficiency. However, failing to respond to all potential candidates is not only rude, but risky. Here are three reasons why.
Facebook and other social media platforms are becoming common topics of discussion during the job interview process. More employers are first vetting a potential employee by “Googling” them, checking out their Facebook profile, Twitter feed, Google+ account, and more. This has led some job seekers to either hide or delete their accounts all together.
Historically, resumes have been a critical part of the hiring process for employers and candidates. They have allowed candidates to highlight who they are and what they have done, and allowed companies to review a candidate’s qualifications and experience to narrow the interview pool.
Some companies, especially those in tech or marketing, are skipping the resume today and asking candidates to send links to their “web presence,” such as a Twitter account, LinkedIn profile, blog, or even a short video that demonstrates the person’s interest in the job. While standard fare is still to request a resume, this trend may be a prelude to future hiring.
Why might this practice grow?