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How recruiters are adapting to an evolving job market

Sharon Florentine | Oct. 7, 2016
Thought recruiting for tech talent was competitive before? You ain't seen nothing yet, according to Jobvite's latest research.

Sixty-two percent of recruiters say casual dress is a huge turn-off; 56 percent say body odor and 34 percent say bad breath could influence them to turn up their nose at a candidate. But dousing yourself with cologne or perfume is just as detrimental: 35 percent of recruiters say it's just as bad as the alternative.

Almost half of recruiters surveyed, 47 percent, say photos of candidates drinking is a huge no-no on social media, especially if those recruiters are over 65 years of age. Marijuana use is seen much more negatively by recruiters, with 71 percent saying it negatively affects their impression of candidates. The biggest problem, though, is typos and spelling errors: 72 percent of recruiters view them negatively. You can keep posting those selfies, though; only 18 percent of recruiters view those negatively, down from 25 percent in 2015.

Overall, though, it's a job seeker's market, Bitte says, one that recruiters are quickly evolving to meet and land the best talent for their clients -- and that's great news for job seekers and for organizations.

"It's really a robust market out there now, and recruiters are firing on all cylinders. They're focusing on culture to lure the right candidates, improving the candidate experience in the screening and interview process, they're offering higher salaries. It's a great time to be a recruiter and a job seeker," Bitte says.


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