For job seekers, resumes were what made the difference, two-fifths of job seekers listing them as the most effective hiring tool, compared to only 10% of hiring managers.
Other study findings show that:
- prior experience is “very important” to 71% of hiring managers and 85% of job seekers,
- both groups rate a job seeker’s personality as important,
- fewer than one in six hiring managers and job seekers say that references are an effective means of determining whether a manager will hire a candidate, and
- fewer than 10% of hiring managers and job seekers say that testing is an effective hiring tool
Hiring managers rate the following as critical when filling white-collar positions:
- multi-tasking, which was cited by 84%,
ability to learn new skills, listed by the same percentage,
- leadership, mentioned by 75% of hiring managers,
- analytical ability, noted by 67%,
- writing, listed by 63%,
- presentation, cited by 60%, and
- project management by 54%
This is the third of a series of research reports from the Times’ research team about jobs trends in the New York area.