In a prior blog post (“Noah’s Job Search” Blog.reliableinsights.com, 8/9/13) I introduced the fine work of Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, founders of CareerXroads, a consulting company specializing in human resources, staffing, and recruiting. As promised, I have been devoting additional blog posts to their excellent and enlightening report (“This Year’s Mystery Job Seeker: Noah Z. Ark, A Man For The Modern World” www.careerxroads.com).
Everyone’s time is at a premium. That is exactly why online job application processes need to be as smooth and streamlined as possible. The results here, while not perfect, are certainly extremely encouraging.
With nearly half the companies to which he applied, Noah was able to complete his entire online job application in less than 10 minutes. In 24% of his applications, he was finished in less than five minutes. Noah needed about 15 minutes 27% of the time, and about 30 minutes 14% of the time. Only about 5% of the time did Noah have to spend 45 minutes to an hour or more.
Considering where companies were at when the Internet was relatively new, we have come a long way. The time factor has improved significantly and for that, every job seeker is happy. And when you are a job seeker, you look for every excuse for happiness. Likewise, companies can take heart in knowing they are helping to make the job seeker’s situation just a little bit easier.