Published: 11 Aug 2017
Updated: 13 Aug 2021
Category: Talent Acquisition

Fun Facts About Resumes, Recruiting and HR


The job of a recruiter or HR Consultant is never dull. Here are some fun facts about resumes. We hope you’ll enjoy a little office humor as you go through the list.

Fun Facts about Resumes, Recruiting and HR in 2016 & 2017
Whether you are looking for a new job, need help with your resume or are looking to build your team, we are sure that you can appreciate some of these fun facts relating to recruiting and human resources. 

Mobile has made looking for jobs easier. Yes we all know that but did you know:

  1. 41% of job seekers search for jobs while in bed

  2. 38% search during their commute

  3. 30% search for new jobs while at work

  4. 18% search for jobs from a restroom (Source: Audvisor)

Social media is becoming the go-to for recruiters and candidates with 65% of recruiters using Facebook for recruiting.

  1. 79% of candidates are likely to use social media in their job search

  2. 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting

  3. 89% of recruiters have hired someone through LinkedIn.
    70% of candidates who use mobile device to find jobs

  4. The average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume: 5 to 7 seconds. (Source:

  5. Did you know that 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address? (Source:

  6. In 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via email or posted on the web. In 2016, over 90% of resumes are now posted online or sent via email.

  7. A single mistake in your resume will prevent you from moving forward. 61% of recruiters will dismiss a resume because it contains typos. 43% of hiring managers will disqualify applicants because of their spelling mistakes.

  8. While the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they know within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate. Some of the reasons for this included:

    1. 70% indicated applicants were too fashionable or trendy.

    2. 67% indicated failure to make eye contact.

    3. 47% of applicants who had little or no knowledge of the company

    4. 33% for bad posture.

  9. The average “bad hire” that leaves a company within six months costs the company approximately US$40,000 in training, wasted human resource time, possible search firm fees, loss of productivity and impact on employee morale.

  10. Almost half of employers (45 percent) said that the time to fill open positions has grown since 2016. (Source: DHI)

  11. Nearly half (47 percent) said unfilled positions are staying open longer due to unmatched salary requirements. (Source: DHI)

  12. A majority of hiring managers (56 percent) predict unmet salary requirements means higher salaries for new hires in 2017. (Source: DHI)

200 million. Number of people who are inactive in the workforce or part time who could work additional hours through freelance platforms.

  1. 36% of jobs posted now are for positions paying $30,000 to $60,000—the highest of any bracket

  2. 38% of those surveyed consider employer branding to be one of the three most essential and long-lasting trends in recruiting for professional roles in 2016.

  3. 45%. That’s how much of the workforce Millennials are making up now, making them the highest represented generation

  4. A weak employer brand can cost you job applicants: About 11 percent of job seekers said they would decline a job offer from an employer with a bad reputation–even if they were unemployed. (Source: Glassdoor)

  5. When evaluating employers, there are 3 things that matter most to Millennials:

    1. growth opportunities

    2. retirement benefits

    3. work culture. (Source: Glassdoor)

Recruiting trends are changing as employers who aim to compete for passive talent must consider adopting social recruiting in their recruitment effort, or risk losing the best employees in this tightening labour economy.

(Stats were compiled from various resources including: JobsDB HK, Glassdoor,, Linkedln, and others just to name a few).


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