ASK HR: Are online job sites really used by hiring managers for selecting potential job candidates, or should an applicant be using other ways to get recognized?

janet-walsh
A. “My opinion is that online job sites are not very effective in hiring senior leaders (100K and above).  The more senior the position, the more company referral programs, networking and executive search services are used to connect the employer and the candidate.  Specialty search sites are effective for
certain middle-level positions particularly those with technical skill sets.  Push-pull technology on company websites, company referral programs, sponsoring competitions or industry presentations, data mining, search research, social networking sites (LinkedIn) and professional association networks are some other highly effective ways to find people. Many of the large online sites have lost their uniqueness and been flooded with resumes. For example, I advertised on Monster for a senior engineer and got 759 resumes of which only 30 met the job requirements.   So, it seems to me that most people get lost in the online job site volume unless their resumes have specific language that gets picked up by screening software.  If you want to get noticed, get out and make speeches, network, conduct interviews, volunteer at an industry activity, and chat on social networking sites to develop your visibility.” -Janet Walsh, President of Birchtree-HR, LLC

michael-esposito
A. Yes.  In most cases, the online job site is a requirement for all applicants to use in order to submit their application for employment.  At most companies, the online job site, is also used as an applicant tracking system in order to manage candidate flow as well as keep in constant contact with both Hiring Managers and candidates.  In some cases, businesses do not even accept resumes of candidates that have not used the online job site to apply. -Michael Esposito, SPHR, Director, Associate Relations, Northern Division, The Home Depot

cathy-martin

A. What I see is social media becoming more and more used as a recruiting medium.  I see employers Twittering about open jobs, I see them posting discussions on LinkedIn.  Facebook is another source where maybe an employee will post a comment about an open position at their company, and it goes out to all of their friends and so on.  On the other hand, HR professionals are using the same sources to “screen” candidates.  Potential candidates have to be very careful about their online persona.  Don’t post anything online you would not want your Grandmother to see. - Cathy Missildine-Martin, SPHR, Senior Vice President,  Sales and Marketing, Intellectual Capital Consulting, Inc.

danese

A. Online job sites, job boards and applicant tracking systems are being used to some degree by hiring managers for selecting candidates but not solely as this would require filtering or screening of hundreds of unqualified applicants. In this economy, hiring managers cannot solely rely on these tools because there are thousands of individuals that are unemployed and now more than ever is the chance that candidates will “stretch the truth”.  If anything, managers will focus on employee referrals and their networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc) to identify qualified candidates and hopefully their networks are diverse to mitigate risk of adverse impact.  -Danese Simpkins, MS, PHR, Director, Human Resources, Air2Web

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7 comments Add your comment

Jobi Mathew

September 21st, 2010
11:19 am

I like the idea that you are going for a customer service position without much experience because you like the store. Many of us would consider any position just because it is available. Show the interviewer your enthusiasm and keep a positive attitude.

Needabailout,too!

July 8th, 2010
5:31 pm

“….In this economy, hiring managers cannot solely rely on these tools because there are thousands of individuals that are unemployed and now more than ever is the chance that candidates will “stretch the truth”. If anything, managers will focus on employee referrals and their networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc) to identify qualified candidates and hopefully their networks are diverse to mitigate risk of adverse impact. -Danese Simpkins, MS, PHR, Director, Human Resources, Air2Web”

Well that’s just great. Not only are we unemployed through no fault of our own, but now we are not to be trusted, either.

BongWater Slurpee

January 8th, 2010
10:45 am

Online jobsites are a pain in the ass. Dont waste you time.

Globals

October 2nd, 2009
10:44 pm

all good things

Lindsey

October 1st, 2009
12:18 pm

I agree with most people…utilize social networking. Let EVERYONE know you are out of work and ask them to keep their ears open. Also keep in touch with your previous supervisors as they will be able to refer you to openings they hear of. Be open minded…consider internships and volunteering as they may lead to jobs openings in the future if they see you are a great resource.

sammie daniel

September 29th, 2009
5:02 pm

Enter your comments here i have applied for more than 20 different jobs online with no response for the past 4 months what should i do any advice would be very helpful thank you.

tania

September 17th, 2009
1:03 pm

Hi recently I submited a application online for a retail job position, and finally after 2 weeks waiting they ask me to set a interview with them. I don’t have any retail experience I know that customer service plays a big role for this position. I know what customer service meants to be. would this be a problem for me from getting hire. I love this retail store and I think this is a opportunity for me to use my skills and as well use new skills. I need some advice for the interview, haven’t been in a interview in a long time.