The Use of Data Analytics in Recruitment
March 11th, 2019
In today’s online world it’s never been easier to apply for a job. There is an ever growing number of internet job boards with recruiters advertising jobs in the thousands. Even just logging in to LinkedIn will tell you the jobs you might be interested in! In a couple of clicks you can very quickly apply for a number of jobs.
At KDR Recruitment, we get an average of around 40 applications for each job we advertise. Disappointingly, we’re seeing an increasing number of candidates taking a blanket approach to their job search and trying to see if they throw enough job applications at us, will one of them stick?
The ease of applying means that a lot of candidates are submitting their CV en masse even though they might not have the essential skills required for the job. It’s also very easy to apply for the same role through a couple of different recruitment agencies without even realising.
Creating the wrong impression
It’s hardly surprising that the sheer volume of information available can leave you feeling swamped at the thought of sifting through every role individually. It could seem easier to cover all bases but this is definitely the wrong approach. The problem is it can make you look lazy or desperate and that you are simply hoping for the best.
What are the pitfalls?
The big problem is that recruiters will start to doubt your commitment and be unsure if they will get your buy in for a particular job. The worst case scenario is that they will dis-regard your application altogether with the view that you are not serious about applying.
KDR Recruitment Consultant Liam Burke expresses his frustration “I frequently see candidates applying for several jobs that require completely different skill sets. It dilutes the credibility of the candidate”
You are also in danger of having your CV sent over to a client for the same job more than once by different recruitment agencies. Even worse; your CV could end up in the hands of unethical recruiters who will have no hesitation in firing your CV over to loads of clients without your knowledge. Unfortunately, there are still a few recruiters out there that will use the same tactic themselves. They think that if they throw enough CVs at their clients something might eventually stick! This could damage your reputation if hiring managers start to notice they’ve received the same CV several times.
What should you do?
Looking for a new job can be stressful but it’s important to remain focussed on finding the right job. It’s far better to apply for handful of appropriate jobs rather than the comfort blanket of 30 irrelevant applications.
So, hands up if you’re guilty of spraying your CV around and are you persuaded to be more careful now? If not, tell us why. Has the splattergun approach worked for you?