I don’t follow soccer closely and don’t profess to understand many of the rules of the game. However, when the World Cup rolls around every 4 years, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype.
As much appreciation as I have for the athletes who participate in the event, one of the more frustrating things for me is trying to grasp how different participating teams advance to the finals. I know the tournament begins with 32 teams divided into 8 groups of 4. Then, based on points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) accumulated over 3 games against the other teams in a team’s given group, 2 of the 4 teams from each group advances to the finals. If teams are tied, there are determining factors (goal differential, total goals scored, etc.) to advance one team over another. When you factor all of these things into consideration, it’s easy to see why so many people find this whole World Cup thing difficult to follow.
But, you might say, what does this all have to do with job applicants?
Much like I find the World Cup confusing (and maybe a little frustrating), many applicants find the hiring process for organizations equally frustrating. This frustration can stem from a handful of common things:
- Application required for consideration — this is the biggest & most common complaint. From the applicant perspective, this makes the ability to be considered for the job too long and confusing (much like a soccer match, at times).
- Keywords — many applicant tracking systems rely heavily on keyword algorithms to help companies identify the (allegedly) most qualified applicants. Trying to determine what keywords might help advance their cause for a particular job can be as elusive and complicated for applicants as trying to understand the ins/outs of the World Cup is to me.
- Where do I stand? — when applicants don’t hear back from potential employers, they’re left in a void. Will they get a call? Are they still being considered?
Kind of like me trying to figure out whether the U.S., earlier on in the event, had a good shot at advancing to the finals (hint…I really didn’t know).
When you’re ready to post your next job, consider these items. Don’t make things too confusing or frustrating for your potential applicants. Instead, “assist” them in reaching their “goal” of employment!