What happened to my job applications?

by AskSage

Sage,

As a former CFO, I’ve sent out 6,000+ job applications over 2 years w/o much success. They simply thanked me for submitting my resume and few invited me to an interview (albeit, none offered a job).

Where are my job applications? Are they being read?

Best, Ken

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Ken,

First of all, I’m very sorry for your experience, which unfortunately has become the new norm for most of us. On average, recruiters today receive more than 3,000 job applications for every advertised senior-level-executive position. No-one can sort through this onslaught of data. Most recruiters are ‘boiling them down’ via electronic key word search, so they end up with some 30 (0.01% of all submitted) résumés.

They then read the first paragraphs of each to find out if the summary of qualifications meets what the client company is looking for. Typically they are not interested in interviewing more than 15 or so via telephone (0.005%) and it’s only those who normally get some sort of notification. The rest goes into/stays in one big database…

The issue is obvious: Too many (qualified) candidates and not enough positions. The solution is to have a ‘Plan B’ to corporate (un-) employment.

 
Sage

 


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