Career Poll: Job Application Statistics – Curse or Blessing?

There’s no question about it — both candidates, as well as companies, are frustrated by the quirks, inefficiencies, and challenges embodied by the current version of the “hiring game” that exists in the job market.  Candidates, of course, are fed up with the massive depersonalization of the process and the difficulty of getting any type of meaningful feedback or communication from the companies to which they’ve applied.  And on the flip side, companies are finding their HR departments (if they even have one) horribly bogged down by the number of inbound resumes, phone calls, and other time-eating activities that crop up, even when trying to fill a single, low-level position.

So at one level, everybody is hoping that somebody will invent a new mousetrap that solves all these pesky issues.  Despite several websites purporting to achieve this, however, and to have “revolutionized” the entire hiring approach, the process is still largely the same as it’s always been.  Companies run ads.  Hundreds of candidates send in their resumes.  And then all bets are off in terms of how the employer handles things from that point forward — and the level of communication they engage in with both the qualified parties they’re interested in interviewing, as well as those folks whose qualifications didn’t make the cut.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any massive paradigm shifts on the horizon that lead me to think this process is going to get substantially smoother or less problematic for all involved.  Every now and then, however, I do come across something a little new under the sun — and a slight adaptation in terms of how employers are managing things.  In the particular case prompting this blog, I was alerted by a client recently that certain government agencies (or at least the City of Bellevue) are now providing FULL TRANSPARENCY in terms of reporting back, via their website, how many applications they’ve received for a particular position and where in the actual process (e.g. application date, 1st Interview, 2nd Interview, Hired…) each candidate stands.  I haven’t seen this kind of functionality before on a website, so I’m betting most of you haven’t, either.

At any rate, here’s a screenshot from the City of Bellevue’s hiring portal that shows you the type of information that would show up if somebody were to throw their hat in the ring for a random Maintenance Worker Aide position I pulled up…

AppScreen

Interesting, eh?  At any rate, with so many people complaining about the “black hole” effect and wondering where they stand in terms of their submission for various leads, along comes an automated reporting tool that actually tells you these things, point blank, as a candidate.  So this got me to thinking whether most job hunters would embrace this idea with open arms — and value this kind of feedback from EVERY company, if it were available — or whether they’d find it frustrating, intimidating, or depressing to see how many competitors have sent their resumes in for various opportunities.

Care to vote on the issue?  If so, here’s a little insta-poll that will allow you to do so…

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