What Job Seekers Want From Prospective Employers
With many employees either actively looking for new job opportunities or remaining open to such a change, potential candidates are growing increasingly savvy about researching companies before submitting an application, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The resulting report, "How to Rethink the Candidate Experience and Make Better Hires," indicates that job seekers use more than a dozen resources during a search. They also greatly value their time, and will frequently eliminate a prospective employer from consideration if they feel the application process takes too long. When these professionals apply for a job or go on an interview, they're most interested in salary information, benefits and the reputation of the company in question, as rated by its employees. In addition, they seek an honest summary of what their day-to-day tasks would be. "Job seekers may have more of an edge in today's market, as employers grow increasingly competitive for labor," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources for CareerBuilder. "For employers, it's important to remember that the candidate experience starts from the very first click and can impact how effectively a company is able to recruit quality candidates, the popularity of its employer brand, the strength and quality of its referrals, and even its bottom line." More than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian job seekers and about 1,500 hiring managers and recruiters took part in the research.