ICYMI Monday: Survey Says

ICYMI Monday: Survey Says

Mike Roberts

This is a regular weekly feature here on the Jibe Blog, in which we uncover some of the best recruitment and technology stories from the previous week you may have missed. But first, we take a little trip in the wayback machine.

After a bit of a summer hiatus, Jibe’s ICYMI Monday is back. We’re going to eschew tradition a bit with this edition by focusing on the present, not the past, to kick off this week’s news round-up. Typically, we take a trip back in time to draw parallels between a significant historical event and today’s HR and recruiting landscape, but we’ve got some big news here at Jibe we’d like to share. Today, we are releasing the 2014 Jibe Talent Acquisition Survey, conducted by independent research firm, Kelton Global.

For this year’s survey, we expanded the respondent pool significantly by asking more than 300 corporate talent acquisition professionals and over 1,000 job seekers their thoughts on the state of today’s recruitment and job search market. The findings shine a light on a number of issues, with the key takeaway being the disconnect between the expectations of today’s job seeker with regard to the application process, and the reality of what employers can offer. Both respondent pools recognize that improvements are needed to the overall candidate experience, but the level of frustration detailed by candidates far exceed how recruitment professionals view the severity of the problem. As Jibe CEO Joe Essenfeld said in response to the survey results, “the fact thatone in five job seekers would rather go to the DMV to apply for a driver’s license over applying for a job is a wake up call to every company that the current process is broken.”

We’ll dig deeper into the survey results in the days and weeks to come here on the Jibe Blog, so stayed tuned for that. For now, go get your own copy the results to do your own digging. Oh, and let’s not forget about this week’s news round-up… on to the stories.

  • HR Tech the Key to Attracting Millenial Workers?
    Our survey reveals a lot of thoughts from millenials, the latest demographic to enter the workforce, and similar to what’s reported by FOX Business News’ Natalia Angulo in this story, they look for companies that present themselves as technologically advanced. As Natalia writes here, “Millennials are looking for a seamless user experience and want to connect with the organization.” That starts at the very first moment of candidate interaction.
  • Outside Opinion: Millenials Frustrate HR Execs
    And on the other side of the equation, this piece from Scout Exchange’s Sean Bisceglia, appearing in the Chicago Tribune, reports on HR professionals frustration with the millennial working. But Sean rightly makes the point that HR pros need to adapt in some ways, but also invest in training these employees in order to come to compromise. Solid stuff here.
  • Why Companies Are Taking Longer to Hire
    Finally, Lauren Weber and Rachel Feintzeig at the Wall Street Journal take a look at why the time-to-hire metric is higher than it’s been in quite some time, 13 years to be exact. Companies are being cautious about hiring, but as the job market continues to skew in favor of candidates, companies are beginning to take more proactive measures to speed the hiring process, including the adoption of new technologies.
  • 5 Talent Acquisition Trends You Really Need to Watch
    Over at TLNT, China Gorman contributes a piece recapping top trends in talent acquisition today. At the top of the list? User experience. This refers not just to improvements in the candidate experience, but also to the experience of corporate recruiting and HR professionals as well, a theme we visit often here and underscores our mission at Jibe.

That wraps up this week’s ICYMI Monday. Once again, we welcome you to download the 2014 Jibe Talent Acquisition Survey, and come back here often over the next few weeks as we dig further into the results. Have a great week everyone.

If you come across something you think deserves some extra attention during the week, leave a note in the comments or hunt us down on Twitter @JibePR.


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