Highlighting the Hiring Burden

Business Leaders Survey: How Many Resumes and Interviews Does It Take Employers to Fill One Job?

Businesses Spend More Time Than You Think

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 27, 2016) - Express Employment Professionals released survey results today revealing the time and effort it takes business owners to fill a vacant job. Business leaders from multiple industries report the huge burden they face in filling one single job.

Depending on the industry, business leaders report that candidate searches can involve reviewing as many as 16 resumes and up to five interviews. Finding the right person for the job is an important task, and businesses say they bear a highly resource-intensive search process.

"It's obviously a long process, especially for small business owners-those with fewer than 100 employees," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. "Businesses spend hours and hours looking for the right candidates-taking away time and resources they can't spend on the rest of their business needs. This is a frustration we hear from businesses again and again."

Business decisions come down to time and money, and finding the right set of skills and attributes to match the company's culture, and the specific job requirements is not easy, but is very important.

Even for general labour type jobs, businesses say they review up to 15 resumes and conduct four interviews. This increases for administrative and professional roles. This time commitment does not include drafting and placing advertisements for job openings, recruiting, conducting reference checks and any required testing or other screening.

With today's changing workforce, and record-low labour force participation, employee retention remains one of the top challenges facing business today. These survey results confirm that finding the best people to fit the jobs they have remains an important-and necessary-priority for business today.

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The survey of 390 businesses in the United States and Canada that are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals was conducted in the second quarter of 2016.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

About Robert A. Funk

Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 37 Express franchises in Canada-six in British Columbia, five in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 23 in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.

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