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In a previous blog post, we initiated a discussion about whether there is a shortage of IT skills in South Africa. In a series of upcoming posts, we’ll be expanding on each of the points we made to further the discussion.

In the local recruitment industry, candidates are often required to submit applications for positions through a company’s online job portal.

Theoretically, this speeds up the process for company HR because there’s a central location from which to source candidate applications, but how effective is this process, especially in a highly competitive landscape?

The Big Black Hole

Online job portals aren’t called the big black hole for nothing. Often candidates submit applications and never hear a thing. Are applications just being lost into the ether with ineffective systems, or are HR teams just not able to process all the applications that come through?

Either way, it’s important to think about why we’re using these systems if they don’t really serve the intended purpose, because if they don’t, they’re really just slowing down the process!

If there is a skills shortage, this isn’t doing anything to alleviate the situation, as even highly qualified candidates with all the right skills aren’t being interviewed, or the process is taking too long and companies are losing out on opportunities to hire because they can’t process all of the data they’re receiving.

As our world shifts more towards automated processes, this is also something to consider, especially since having the means to manage data like applications will be the difference between searching for talent and being able to have the right people find you.

We’d love to hear your thoughts- what do you think about applying for jobs via online portals? Is this something you’ve also experienced in the IT industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below!