How Many Minutes Are Spent Reading a Resume

New numbers from a TalentSpring survey of 208 organizations in the U.S. and Canada (50 large companies, 39 medium-size, 205 small, and 114 agencies).

  • 72% of agencies see signs of economic growth. 67% of mid-size organizations do, and 45% of small companies.
  • The average recruiter spends 4.6 hours a day on sourcing.
  • The average recruiter spends 6 minutes reading a resume.
  • It takes an average of 38 days to fill a position.

CareerBuilder and Social Media

‘Tis the season — well, the week, because of the SHRM conference — for human resources vendors to issue press releases. Peopleclick, for example, is talking about its social media capablities; Personified is too. For Kenexa, it’s issuing PRs about interview questions. And Monster’s talking up its “customizable talent management suite.”

CareerBuilder, meanwhile, is talking about its “Applicant Explorer” so that recruiters looking through the resume database can get easy access to information about the candidate on social media sites, blogs, news sites, and discussion groups.

Explorer isn’t all new. CareerBuilder has had it in beta since February. But its wider use (CareerBuilder has expanded Explorer to most all of its customers over the last two weeks), in my view, continues to make me ponder the role of people’s personal lives in hiring decisions. I’ve talked about these issues with Ryan Estis and Raghav Singh, and later with Angela Guidroz of Sodexo.

With CareerBuilder making more of that information fewer clicks away, I’m more than ever curious about what role the information that recruiters and managers find on Facebook and elsewhere will have on their screening — even information that’s perfectly legal to know and perfectly legal to use as a factor in a hiring decision. 

There isn’t something wrong with Applicant Explorer, or wrong with a manager or recruiter finding out more information than what’s on a resume about a prospect. On the contrary, it’s usually a good thing if an employer can access speeches, news articles, press releases, and so on about a candidate.

But many of the posts generated by my Facebook friends offer more information then I ever wanted to know (like someone I haven’t spoken with in years posting about her reproductive challenges). I wonder if enough candidates are asking themselves, “do employers need to know all this?”

Healthcare Reform

I’d love to hear how you feel about healthcare reform.

  • Should we preserve employer-based health insurance? Does this model still work with the rise in free agency, contractors, and job-hopping?
  • Should all Americans be required to buy health insurance, similar to the requirement in most states that drivers have car insurance?
  • America’s premium system is expensive — but arguably the world’s best if you compare apples to apples. Should costs be controlled, so employers don’t have frequent double-digit cost increases? If so, how? Would this hurt the quality of care, or mean rationing?