Leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions, iCIMS, Inc. recently released the second in a two-part series of research eBooks, which object to provide dynamic data insights on job seekers and recruiters to help today’s candidates with their job hunt. The “Searching for the Perfect Job: The Resume, Interview, and More” research eBook is now available for complimentary download on the company’s thought leadership site, the Hire Expectations Institute™.
“Today the job market is very competitive with a lot of qualified candidates vying for available positions,” said iCIMS Chief Marketing Officer, Susan Vitale. “We created this eBook series to offer job seekers a glimpse into the minds of recruiting professionals and the talent recruitment industry so they know what to expect, and therefore how to properly prepare to land the job they want.”
Findings from the research eBook highlight recruiting professional preferences to help job seekers stand out from the crowd. For example, according to the study, 42 percent of recruiters do not prefer alternatives to traditional resumes, such as infographics and personal websites. And more than half (54%) believe that non-traditional resumes should only be used when it is appropriate to the job for which someone is applying.
iCIMS offers a few excerpts from the new eBook:
-Cover Letters Are Still a Useful Tool – With 59% of recruiters considering the cover letter a useful tool, and 25% claiming that the absence of a cover letter will result in disqualification, it is in the job seeker’s best interest to submit a well-written cover letter with their job application.
-Recruiters Are Regularly Performing Online Searches – 76% of recruiters say that they “always” or “sometimes” perform a Google search on candidates before hiring them. Furthermore, 40% of recruiters report finding online information that disqualified a candidate from consideration.
-Behavioral Interviews Are Used Most Commonly – 45% of recruiters conduct behavioral interviews, in which the interviewer will ask the job seeker for specific examples of past work experiences and 32% reported conducting unstructured interviews, based on the individual’s application documents.
-Soft Skills Require Specific Examples to Demonstrate – Soft skills like communication and team work must be demonstrated by adding examples of past experiences in your resume and cover letter in order to make your resume rise to the top.