25 Fun Facts about Resumes, Recruiting and HR in 2016


The job of a recruiter or HR Consultant is never dull.  We deal with all kinds of people in all kinds of industries in various locations.  On a weekly basis we get interesting requests from resume writing to reviewing temporary job descriptions to helping organizations with their HR policies and procedures.  In order to be an effective resource to our clients whether that is a job seeker or organization looking for staffing assistance, we have to keep up on all the latest and greatest trends when it comes to recruiting, staffing and employment.  One of the ways we do this is by studying some of the trends that are happening in the human resource and recruiting sector.

Here are some fun facts about resumes, recruiting and HR in 2016.  We hope you’ll enjoy a little office humor as you go through the list.

25 Fun Facts about Resumes, Recruiting and HR in 2016

Whether you are looking for a new job, need help with your resume or are looking to build your team in 2016, we are sure that you can appreciate some of these fun facts as they relate to recruiting and human resources in 2016.  Aspire Recruitment Solutions does not necessarily condone all of the facts and stats presented herein.

Mobile has made looking for jobs easier. Did you know that:

  1. 41% of job seekers search for jobs while in bed
  2. 38% search during their commute
  3. 30% search for new jobs while at work
  4. 18% search for jobs from a restroom (Source: Audvisor)

Social media is becoming the go-to for recruiters and candidates. Did you know that 65% of recruiters use Facebook in recruiting? (Source:  com)

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  1. 79 % of candidates are likely to use social media in their job search (Source: com)
  2. 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting
  3. 89% of recruiters have hired someone through LinkedIn.
    70% of candidates who use mobile device to find jobs (Source: com)
  4. The average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume: 5 to 7 seconds. (Source: business2community.com)
  5. Did you know that 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address? (Source: business2community.com)
  6. In 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via email or posted on the web. In 2016, over 90% of resumes are now posted online or sent via email.

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  1. A single mistake in your resume will prevent you from moving forward. 61% of recruiters will dismiss a resume because it contains typos. 43% of hiring managers will disqualify applicants because of their spelling mistakes.

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  1. 53%. The percent of resumes and job applications that contain falsifications.  (Source: Statistic Brain)
  2. 70% of College Students surveyed who would lie on a resume to get a job they wanted (Source: Statistic Brain)
  3. While the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they know within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate. Some of the reasons for this included:
    1. 70% indicated applicants were too fashionable or trendy.
    2. 67% indicated failure to make eye contact.
    3. 47% of applicants who had little or no knowledge of the company
    4. 33% for bad posture.
  4. The average “bad hire” that leaves a company within six months costs the company approximately $40,000 in severance pay, training, wasted human resource time, possible search firm fees, loss of productivity and impact on employee morale.
    (Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

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  1. Cost of turnover estimates range from $8,839 for an $8/hour unionized employee and $56,844 for a store manager in a retail grocery setting. (Source: “New Ideas for Retaining Store-Level Employees” by Dr. Blake Frank, University of Dallas, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council.
  2. SHRM reports that more than 85 percent of large companies and a rapidly growing number of smaller employers perform some form of background screening today. The top areas for background checks include:
    1. 93% perform checks on education history
    2. 88% on employment verifications
    3. 70 percent perform drug testing and checks of driving records
      (Source: com)

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  1. Almost half of employers (45 percent) said that the time to fill open positions has grown since 2014. (Source: DHI)
  2. Nearly half (47 percent) said unfilled positions are staying open longer due to unmatched salary requirements. (Source: DHI)
  3. A majority of hiring managers (56 percent) predict unmet salary requirements means higher salaries for new hires in 2016. (Source: DHI)

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  1. 200 million. Number of people who are inactive in the workforce or part time who could work additional hours through freelance platforms. (Source:  com)
  2. 36% of jobs posted now are for positions paying $30,000 to $60,000—the highest of any bracket (Source:  com)
  3. 38% of those surveyed consider employer branding to be one of the three most essential and long-lasting trends in recruiting for professional roles in 2016. (Source: com)
  4. 28% consider finding better ways to source passive candidates as one of the three most essential and long-lasting trends in recruiting for professional roles in 2016.

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  1. 45%. How much of the workforce Millennials are making up now, making them the highest represented generation (Source:  com)
  2. A weak employer brand can cost you job applicants: About 11 percent of job seekers said they would decline a job offer from an employer with a bad reputation–even if they were unemployed. (Source: Glassdoor)
  3. When evaluating employers, there are 3 things that matter most to Millennials:
    1. growth opportunities
    2. retirement benefits
    3. work culture. (Source: Glassdoor)

In 2016, hiring challenges will spring from the scarcity of active candidates and the demand for passive talent. Recruiting trends are changing as employers who aim to compete for passive talent must consider adopting social recruiting in their recruitment effort, or risk losing the best employees in this tightening labor economy.

Stats were compiled from various resources including: Monster.com, Audvisor, business2community.com, careerarc.com and others just to name a few.

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