You would think that having legions of overqualified, unemployed overachievers would make filling a job that much easier. Not so, says the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, hiring managers have become a tad greedy, what with all the thousands of sad resumes pouring in smelling of sweat and desperation, screaming “GET ME OUT OF MY PARENTS’ BASEMENT.” In fact, some companies are taking four times as long to fill their positions, because they’re “holding out for better candidates.”
“Nowadays, if managers speak to a really great candidate, instead of hiring him, they take it as an indication that there must be 10 even better people out there,” says Todd Safferstone, director of CLC Recruiting, a unit of the Corporate Executive Board.
That’s right, no use even bothering to impress them anymore.
“Hiring managers hear the news and see the high unemployment rate and tell us that they want to continue looking for better candidates,” she says. “They want the perfect candidate, when the reality is, there is no perfect candidate.”
Ah, just like something we may have learned from an ex-boyfriend or two…