Providing photographs to prospective employers of yourself pouting, or selfies taken with a smartphone camera, were among the things to avoid on which online job bank yes123 advised first-time jobseekers yesterday.
According to a survey conducted by yes123 on Taiwan’s job market, up to 90 percent of companies attach importance to the photographs accompanying job applicants’ resumes.
However, many employers said they have come across young applicants sending photographs of themselves pouting, “acting cute” and selfies taken with phone cameras, as well as pictures that looked too outlandish or blurry, the survey showed.
Yes123 also said that jobseekers’ appearance plays an important role.
Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they cannot stomach applicants who dress sloppily to interviews, while about 55.6 percent of first-time jobseekers visit their hairdresser or put on makeup before they attend an interview, the survey showed.
Job applicants who fail to show up for an interview for no reason was the top deal-breaker for employers, with more than 80 percent of companies saying they would put such a job applicant on their black list.
Meanwhile, the survey suggested that 33.8 percent of jobseekers interviewed confessed to standing their interviewers up because they wanted to find better jobs or had unexpected matters to attend to.
With the increasingly grueling competition facing young Taiwanese looking for their first job, many are at a loss as to what they should take into consideration before they attend an interview, yes123 said.
Among other advice, yes123 said it is most important to have a concise resume that leaves a lasting impression on employers.
The online job bank cited the survey results showing that a company must filter through 16 job applicants on average to find one suitable candidate for a vacancy, which means that a jobseeker has to outperform dozens of others to finally land a job.
The survey also showed that the resume is the item that employers care most about, but due to the banality or poor quality of most resumes, it only takes an employer 98 seconds on average to decide whether they would hire an applicant.
As much as 43 percent of employers complained about resumes missing personal information, the survey showed.
Tsen Yin-yan (曾尹彥), a manager at the Taipei Inn Group, said jobseekers should dress confidently, but also moderately, adding that scantily dressed female applicants or male applicants who show off their muscles would most likely fail their interviews.
Taiwan Cement senior vice president Wang Chi-may (王琪玫) suggested that job applicants do research prior to the interview to show that they have a basic understanding of the company and the job, adding that they should act confidently, make eye contact with their interviewers and avoid panicking.