Are candidates willing to wait for Jacksonville jobs?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

A new survey from Careerbuilder and Silkroad emphasize the changing market and how candidates may be not waiting around to hear news about Jacksonville jobs.

Findings from the survey include:

  • Employers are feeling the impact of the tight labor market. 60 percent of employers across industries see positions becoming longer to fill in the last year due directly to a tough hiring environment.
    • Nearly a fourth of employers (23 percent) have seen delays in filled positions up to three weeks or more.
  • Candidates expect proactive, transparent and frequent communications from employers. Given the current hiring environment, 43 percent of employees say they have higher expectations for how employers will treat them as a candidate.
    • 36 percent of employees expect to speak to a recruiter at a company they are interested in before they even apply to a job.
    • 31 percent expect customized messages from employers who reach out to them with job opportunities. They expect employers to come to them and they don’t want spam.
    • 82 percent of employees expect employers to provide a clear timeline for the hiring process and keep them updated throughout the process when they apply for a job.
  • The candidate experience speaks volumes about the employee experience. 68 percent of employees believe their experience as a candidate reflects how the company treats its people.
  • Candidates are not willing to wait. When applying to a job, more than half of employees (55 percent) will give up and move on if they haven’t heard from an employer within two weeks of applying.
  • Candidates expect a fast and easy application experience. Job seekers today are not willing to fill out multiple application pages, especially on a mobile device. If they do start one, they may not return on their desktop and won’t likely get past three to five pages.
    • One-in-five candidates give less than 10 minutes to a job application (20 percent), or two to three pages on a mobile device (21 percent), otherwise they drop off.
    • Approximately 43 percent of employees have applied for a position via a mobile device.
  • Candidates keep looking for other jobs even when they accept an offer. 51 percent of employees continue looking for other jobs when an offer has been extended and they’re going through the background check process.
    • Employers say, on average, one in seven candidates (14 percent) walk away after they accepted the offer.
  • Successful onboarding for a new hire is critical for their long-term vision of culture and career potential at the new company. 93 percent of employers agree a good onboarding experience is critical to influence a new hire’s decision in staying with the organization, yet 29 percent of employees don’t think their organization did the right things in onboarding to help them prepare and begin their new role.