The Disconnect Between Job Seekers and Companies Hiring

This week I read a new survey conducted by FlexJobs1 that revealed 48% of applicants are dissatisfied in the job hunt because they’re not finding right jobs to apply to. This survey also revealed that 47% are seeking out a different career path to find a job and 85% of them are willing to take a pay cut in the hopes of securing a job, and 40 percent of them have applied for jobs they believe they are not qualified for.

What’s happening in the current job market?

I ask that question since I found these numbers alarming. In the last couple of months we’ve experienced the “candidate shortage” and what is known as a “buyer’s market.” Candidates hold the upper hand. They have the capability to negotiate a more lucrative salary. They also are also able to accept rewards that they would normally not be offered. Right… ?

The statistics from a prospective job seeker’s perspective paint a totally different picture than the picture that has been painted by companies hiring in the early stages of the shortage. Where is the gap?

Is it job descriptions not being written to fit the needs of the intended target audience? Do key words not appear in job descriptions that job seekers are looking for? Are job postings being made on sites where the best candidate isn’t looking? It could be one of these plus even. Visit:-

As I think about the issue of the lack of candidates and consider the implications in these figures it is evident for me: Maybe it’s time to rethink the shortage from the “applicant’s” perspective. Are there a reason there’s a shortage due to the fact that job seekers aren’t getting the jobs they’re looking for? According to me, it looks that this may be a part of the reason. So, how do we make sure that jobs are in front of the candidates who are searching for your job? One way to do this is by taking a a step back and rethinking your strategies. The time has come to be like an applicant.

Put Yourself in the Shoes of an Applicant

What is the ideal person for your role? If you were that person What would you like to read in the job description? What are key words the applicant might be looking for? What can you offer that similar roles don’t? Why would someone choose to be employed in the same role at the company? Which kind of individual would be enthusiastic about this job?

Also, think about what this person is searching for a job. Check if the location of this job posting is in the right place where the right applicant would be searching. I was recently on a trip in the Smoky Mountains and was staying in a town called Gatlinburg. If you’ve never been to Gatlinburg the town is a tourist town located near one of the main entrances to Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountains. There’s a full street of stores as well as restaurants and other attractions. One thing I noticed was that a lot of businesses have a “help wanted” sign at the entrance of the building. We also visited a restaurant which admitted that they had a shortage of staff due to the shortage, which meant wait times were a more lengthy. When we looked around the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of the tables were not occupied due to the insufficient waiters and waitresses. What we learned by talking to one of the restaurant’s proprietors in Gatlinburg is that the town employs a lot of people from Romania. Working in Gatlinburg can be a perfect opportunity to have them work and live in Gatlinburg in the United States. I would never have guessed Gatlinburg could draw people from Romania, but two waitresses who were serving us on those two days were in actual fact, from Romania! This isn’t an example to tell you to start hiring internationally, but it is a perfect example of thinking outside of the box and thinking from an applicant’s perspective. Who would see this as a good possibility? Who would be excited about this job? Where would be the perfect spot to advertise this position?

Reverse Roles. Take Advice You Would Give Candidates When Applying to Jobs

Similar to that, putting yourself in the shoes of an applicant, change roles and apply the advice you would give applicants. I was reading an article today about tips for getting hired fast. It was a extremely informative article. when I read it, I was struck by the thought that a majority of the advice could actually be reversed and employed by companies that are hiring. The same tips that can be applied include referrals, highlights of achievements, telling a story, constructing an elevator pitch, and listing your uniqueness. Do you recognize this? It is important for job seekers to market their own products, while companies need to present their employees and the job, in the event that the perfect match doesn’t occur. If a candidate shows up in a nice dress on their first date, but the company shows up in a pair of ripped shorts and a loose t-shirt could immediately give a bad impression and may not be at all interested. Let’s take a deep dive into making the best impression!


Since we depend on candidates for referrals, references could be of benefit for the company that is employing. Referrals may come in several types. It could be employees from the company hiring sharing the open job posting via the social media or spreading the news through their networks. There could be employees who take the time to meet with the candidate in order for the candidate to inquire about the job and speak to an employee already employed at the company. If you’re a recruiting and staffing agency, you could even ask the business you are contacting to supply a couple of testimonials of employees that highlight why they like working at the company. These could be used for promoting the job, and even included in images when promoting the job via social media. Referrals give the role additional credibility and may draw more applicants.

Highlight Company Achievements

Have the employees of the company been awarded prizes? Do they have any major achievements to celebrate? If so, make sure to mention them in the description of the job. The recognition of awards and accomplishments is one way to help make the company or job to make a mark on the market similar to how candidates can highlight achievements in a cover letter or in an interview.

Tell a Story and Be Specific

In an interview, candidates should share their experiences and stories when they are interviewed. They should also discuss a project they were involved in, or are often asked “tell us about a time… “. Businesses may also include their story in a job description or in an interview. In a job description, businesses can highlight projects the position would be working on , or even projects that have been finished in this department. This allows applicants to understand and get enthusiastic about the kinds of projects they would be working on.


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