I once shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I do not know
David Gee’s recent post about fake job ads solicited quite a few comments including one from a Carrie that I felt got to the heart of the biggest challenge in staffing today. She wrote:
I am from a small staffing company and i can guarantee you we post as few jobs as possible to avoid the influx of unqualified resumes. I would say for every job, 1 out of 50 resumes actually has the qualifications. Furthermore, we get more calls from, for example, a disgruntled career mail clerk that applied for an IT help desk position that requries 2 years help desk experience, for which the candidate does not have, but INSISTS he can do. No, you can’t, you do not qualify.
The problem Carrie describes doesn’t just vex recruiters, it also poses challenges for recruitment software developers. Sure that really cool iPad friendly applicant portal can draw in the candidates by the hundreds, but what good is 500 candidates when you only need ONE Bilingual Export Clerk?
The answer lies scattered among a set of tools from full-text index ranking to semantic matching algorithms that make the process at best 70% accurate.
The Economist delved into this in a fun post this last weekend.