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From Seattle to Reddit to Pulitzer-Prize winning columnists, TalentWorks has been making waves. Even before TalentWorks, our founding team has done everything from tending bees ("buzz," get it?) to being named Social Entrepreneur of the Year to speaking at TED.
"It's hard to know how long these surges will last, but what we do know is that if you're a Houstonian looking for work, it's absolutely critical you apply quickly — your chances of getting a job drop by eight times if you don't apply in the first four days," Chakrabarti told Chron.com Monday afternoon.
According to an analysis of over 1,600 job applications from TalentWorks, applications received at 7:30 p.m. were the least likely to result in an interview — a slim 3% chance. In fact, applications sent anytime after 4 p.m. had a 5% or less likelihood of leading to a call-back.
Turns out that applying to a job is only half the battle — the moment at which you hit “submit” can be the difference between getting called in for an interview and muttering to yourself, better luck next time.
Employment platform TalentWorks, which helps candidates find and apply for jobs, analyzed roughly 1,600 applications it sent on behalf of jobseekers in recent months, and whether timing correlated to their chances of snagging an interview.
Here’s a quick hint for job seekers from the career site Talentworks – don’t sleep on those applications.
"No, there’s nothing wrong with you," Kushal Chakrabarti, cofounder and CEO of TalentWorks, an AI platform for job seekers, tells job seekers. "It’s miserable for everyone. The U.S. economy is adding jobs, but it's still a serious pain in the ass for any single American job seeker to actually get a job," he says.
Regional disparities in the U.S. job market have always fascinated me. To pick an obvious example, rural Wisconsin is a great place to be a dairy farmer, but a bleak home for bond traders. In New York City, hiring habits run the other way.
For all the talk of unemployment hovering at a historic low of 4 percent, it's still hard to get a decent job in 2017 — especially if you are a recent graduate (last two years) or aged under 25.
How much would you pay to score a job interview? $10? $950? In desperate times, that's apparently the price range in the market for these services, which involve commodifying age-old job seeking practices: networking and mentoring.
It can be difficult to find a job that matches your interests and qualifications, particularly just after graduating from college or university. Now a new startup, led by former Amazon engineering leader and Vittana founder Kushal Chakrabarti, wants to make that process easier with an end-to-end AI-fueled platform that helps job applicants land interviews.
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