The real reason 60% of job seekers can't stand the application process

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Almost nobody enjoys searching for a job.

In fact a recent survey — the product of collaboration between research firm Future Workplace and HR technology provider CareerArc — found that a majority of job seekers have had a poor candidate experience.

The "Candidate Experience Study" surveyed 1,200 respondents — 826 job seekers and 374 employers.

About 60% of those job seekers claimed to have endured a terrible candidate experience.

That might seem like bad news for the applicants, but the employers don't fair too well in this situation either.

A whopping 72% of the disgruntled candidates subsequently posted about their experience online. Popular avenues for venting included Glassdoor, social networking platforms, and direct correspondence with friends and colleagues.

There are plenty of reasons to despise (and complain about) the job application process: it can be stressful, time consuming, discouraging, and awkward. But one of the biggest issues respondents say they have with the process is the lack of trust and communication between job seekers and employers.

For example, 61% of employers claimed to notify candidates that their application had been declined, yet 65% of job seekers said they never or rarely receive notice from employers. And about 80% of all candidates said they'd pass on other relevant openings at a company that failed to notify them about their job status.

The takeaway for employers is that it's important to communicate with applicants, regardless of whether or not they got the job. Those candidates are 3 to 5 times more likely to re-apply or apply for a different post when you do.

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Take advantage of your college career center
Most universities offer career coaching from trained professionals who specialize in development and advancement. Whether or not you have an idea of your career plans post-college, it can be beneficial to take a few hours out of your day and set up an appointment with one of the counselors. Many times, these professionals can review and help you tailor your resumé and cover letter. To top it off, because of their experience and networks in various industries, counselors have the potential to connect you with hiring managers.

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Begin creating and using your network 
One of the most important aspects to finding a job is taking advantage of your professional and personal network. Your connections can vary from your family members and friends to your professors and alumni. If you feel as if you're lacking a valuable network, however, business association events and gatherings are the best way to gain important contacts.

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Participate in recruiting and career fairs 
This piece of advice may be the most obvious, but many students fail to take advantage of it. Careers fairs orchestrated by your specific college are invaluable. They allow you to not only learn about opportunities in your respective career, but it also allows you the opportunity to network with hiring managers and employers of the companies present.

Use your social media wisely 
It goes without saying that we live in a social media world. Everything you do online can be tracked, so it's important to make sure you are representing your personality and style accurately, and in the best possible light -- you never know who may be looking at your page.


 
Always follow up  
With the advancement of modern technology, most job applications are done online. Because of this new process, it oftentimes makes it harder to find the person of contact to follow up with. However, you shouldn't let that initial obstacle prevent you from following up. If you can't find the name of the hiring manager directly reviewing your application, use LinkedIn to do a search of the next best person to reach out to. Many potential employees miss out on interviews by not being proactive and sending follow up emails.
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This is important for employers to remember because even though less than half of surveyed employers re-engaged their declined candidates, 99% believed that re-engaging these individuals would help expand their talent community.

Dan Schawbel, research director at Future Workplace and New York Times bestselling author of "Promote Yourself," says it's crucial that companies protect their employer brand during the candidate application process.

"Companies need to start humanizing their candidate experience because job seekers can easily share their negative experiences online and decide never to apply to that company again," Schawbel said in a press release. "Treat your candidates like you would your employees or customers because they have the power to refer strong candidates even if they don't get hired."

So, lesson learned: Don't ghost your candidates.

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