Mar 24, 2012
The average number of applications submitted per job opening in the U.S. fell to 118 in the fourth quarter, from 187 during the same period in 2010, according to new research from the Corporate Executive Board.
However, among those applicants, just 35% met the basic experience, education, and skills requirements listed for the position.
The study, which polled more than 215 recruiters, mostly at large companies, found that "serial applicants" -- job seekers who apply online to several positions in a single blast -- are one reason why the job-screening process continues to be so time consuming. Recruiters take 9.5 hours, on average, to screen resumes and applications submitted for a single job opening, the study found.
Source: The Wall Street Journal