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Have you recently experienced what you felt was an unreasonable delay in the hiring process? You sent over your resume five days ago – why haven’t you gotten a call? You had your interview last week – why isn’t your recruiter or HR giving you feedback? You start to wonder, Do they hate my resume? Did I misspell ‘accommodate’ in that email? I shouldn’t have worn that shirt.

Don’t worry; it may not be you (unless that shirt was really, really bad). The average time to fill an open position in the United States is now 25 days – the longest it has been in thirteen years. For those of us in the information technology field, this is even more alarming when you realize that time is the average across all industries; in the IT industry, it’s closer to 40 days – over 60% greater than the national average.

We don’t mean to imply that companies aren’t willing to hire. On the contrary, over the past twelve months, businesses reported 55.7 million hires – a net gain of 2.4 million over last year. So what is the problem? Is it the perfect candidate hypothesis? Is it a shortage of workers with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills?

John Zappe of SourceCon has a few thoughts, following a report that DICE recently released on the topic:


“The time to fill open positions has reached a national average of just about 25 days, the lengthiest job vacancy period in the 13 years covered by the DICE‐DFH Vacancy Duration Measure.

The monthly report on time to fill and recruiting efforts says that on average it took 24.9 working days (Monday-Saturday) in June to post, source, and hire a new employee. That’s more than nine days longer than it took at the height of the recession in July 2009. Then, the average was 15.3 working days.

The report produced by careers sites publisher Dice Holdings Inc. follows a report Tuesday from the Labor Department on job openings and turnover. The report showed…”

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