Helpful or not?

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

I've just registered with another website - CV Library.

What I particularly like about this site so far, is that it gives you an indication of how many applicants there are for each position.  I've seen; less than 10, a given figure for anything between 10 and 20, and 20+.

Although I like to see that, it is with mixed feelings.  If the job you like the look of already has '20+' applicants, would you be put off applying?   If it has less than 10 then I feel more eager to apply as I feel I have a better chance of being shortlisted for interview.

On the flip side of that, there's no way to know whether this is the only advertisement for that job.  It could be on a number of other websites or in local papers, so you won't have a clue how many people will be applying - the 'less than 10' applicants may well be completely misleading.

It's a double-edged sword really.  Whether or not there are dozens applicants, if I think the job is ideal, then I'm going to apply either way.

Do you think it's a helpful piece of information to have?  Or is it better not to know and just apply and hope there aren't so many hopefuls that you won't even get a message back to say sorry you've not been shortlisted?


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