So you are probably wondering what is this guy on about?. A promiscuous digit and recruitment, well let me explain.
The promiscuous digit is the second finger on the right hand, it is the one that we use to “click” on a mouse with, it is the digit which gives us immediate access to a world of information and gives us what we so often seek today, instant gratification. If on a shopping site we see a product we want, we click, we buy all with the promiscuous digit, it gives us control, power and speed.
By clicking with the digit all is revealed instantaneously and in my view it is the reason why so many jobseekers when applying for jobs on-line often don’t get a response to the jobs they apply for (their qualifications, skills or location do not match the job requirements). In responding/applying to advertisements so quickly, we fail to read then.
BUT it wasn’t always like this!l some of you may remember a thing called a newspaper, we used to look for jobs in them. We would go through each page looking for the right job, once found you might ring (the job with a pen or the company with a phone) but normally you would be asked to send your CV.
Yes post a CV!!, so you would prepare your CV, write a bespoke covering letter, often you would cut the advertisement out and clip the CV and letter together, put in a plastic folder and then send the CV/letter by post.
So what? I hear a cry and get to the point – the point is TIME, today you see an advertisement on a job board and before you have even had time to properly read the advertisement you are hitting the apply on-line button, uploading a CV, filling out an on-line application and all with the promiscuous digit at speed. Instant self gratification and I hear stories of jobseekers sending of 100’s of on-line applications every week. We read the headline, salary and in a nano second our brain says “ looks OK” apply, next job.
Is this true?, yes, I have spent years analysing how jobseekers use the internet to search for a job, use job boards to apply and use company career sites. When you, the job seeker is on-line you do these things, you work at speed, you apply to jobs without reading the full content of the advertisement. The worst mistake is location, this is missed or disregarded all the time so you apply for jobs in locations that you never have an intention of moving too.
Equally and another reason for CV spam is the quality of copy written by those advertising, copy such as “Sales Manager North West, FMCG, Retail Exp required Salary $30k plus benefits” does not exactly allow a considered decision..
So what is the result? 1000’s of irrelevant CV’s spamming up recruiters in-boxes ,and because recruiters suspect this, they don’t look at or respond to these CV’s and equally with their “promiscuous digit they are at best ignoring or at worse deleting CV’s at the same rate as job seekers send them.
Am I mad or is this an issue?
Who is reasponsible and how do we change this use of the promiscuous digit?