Ana Herranz. Director. Alumni Careers Services. IE Business school
7 March 2014
Job websites have turned into bottomless pits where everyone who is looking for a job pitches in without stopping to think that 85% of work opportunities are hidden, and the only way to get to them is through contacts.
Just like many other disciplines, the area of recruitment is undergoing the catharsis of change, although I would go so far as to say that we are actually doing it in reverse. While technology has revolutionized many areas to the extent that many traditional businesses have disappeared, in the case of recruitment it is bringing about a regression.
What do I mean exactly? Well, that today, if a person looking for new work opportunities only uses technology, namely job websites, they have very little chance of success. This is due largely to one reason, which is that it is so easy to apply for a job that the jobseeker is not discerning, applying for almost anything, even though their profile does not really fit the job description. This, in turn, means that each job offer receives an enormous number of applications, which means that the recruiter is faced with the horrendous task of trying to sort through far too many candidates. The result is that these websites turn into some kind of black hole for candidates, where they never know what happened to their applications, as recruiters find themselves having to wade through all the CVs, leading them to decide that it is far easier to ask around among work colleagues to see if they can recommend someone rather than placing an advertisement.
Conclusion: if you want to find a new job, you have to do more than look at websites. Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives.
The art of networking is a fundamental skill in today’s world, in which 85% of opportunities are hidden, which means they are not published an any website and the only way to get to know about them is through people. Going back to the beginning of the article, this explains why the open market has collapsed, given that 99% of candidates are applying for 15% of available opportunities. Get off the beaten path!