Today’s top news article is titled Software Raises Bar for Hiring at Wall Street Journal.
In an essay in this newspaper last fall, Peter Cappelli, a professor of management and human resources at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, challenged the oft-heard complaint from employers that they can’t find good workers with the right skills. “The real culprits are the employers themselves,” he asserted.
Not surprisingly, his essay drew a lot of response. What did surprise Mr. Cappelli—as he describes in a book, “Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs,” to be published in June—was the frequency of complaints about the hiring process itself, particularly the now-ubiquitous use of software to screen applicants.
In many companies, software has replaced recruiters, he writes, so “applicants rarely talk to anyone, even by email, during the hiring
Good People Can Get Jobs?
What really struck me is the title of Mr.Capppelli’s book Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs?
I spent few minutes reading the above piece in WSJ and then my thought process kicked-in.
Many international students don’t understand the hiring process followed by employers in USA.
During the campus interview in India, companies hire large number of students. Thats not the case in USA.
Students have to start applying for jobs atleast 5 months before Graduation date by following one or more job search techniques.
If traditional job search approach ( submitting resume directly at company website) doesn’t work, then one should follow different job search approach.
The real challenge is to realize that current job search technique is not working.
You could consider yourself good and deserving, but that’s of no value if employers don’t consider your profile to be good.
Since, software is rejecting qualified candidates, even good people with right skills are will find it hard to get the job.
Fortunately there are ways around the software screening.
Thats called Networking – professional and personal networking, you can make real connections with real people.
Your connection can print your resume and hand it over to hiring manager will make a world of difference.
Don’t just reply on one job search method.
Use multi-pronged approach towards your job search.