What happens after you drop off an application or resume at a company that’s looking to fill a position? Well, according to this Wall Street Journal article, most firms go through an involved process before finding the right candidate. Nothing new there.
But one important theme alluded to throughout the article is the importance for jobseekers to have the right skills (from basic qualifications to specific training) to get past the initial wave of applicants and really set themselves apart. What’s more, some companies — like Boston Consulting Group — interact directly with recruiters at more than 30 U.S. schools to find qualified would-be employees.
All this points to the need for individuals and training organizations to have the right data on in-demand occupations and skills — both when setting up training and researching how to earn the most effective degrees and certificates.
Here’s an excerpt from the WSJ article:
Not every firm notifies applicants that they have been rejected, and few say why. But knowing what goes on in the hiring process may give prospects the inside track for a job.
Many employers start filling vacancies below the executive level by using a team of recruiters or human-resources personnel to weed out applications that fail to meet a job’s basic qualifications. “They should only be removing candidates who are a clear miss,” says Peter Leech, chief marketing officer for Onlineshoes.com, a small Seattle e-commerce company.