2020 HR Statistics: What to Know About Job Search, Hiring, Recruiting & Interviews

What percentage of job seekers use social media during their job search? How many candidates for a job get an interview? What are recent graduates looking for in a job?

Have you ever wished you had a place to reference hiring and recruiting statistics when you need them?

Job hunting statistics are all over the map. Two different reports may have varying information. But you are looking for accurate statistics!

That entails a lot of human resources research, and you don’t have time for that — but we do.

As we embark on another year, it is a great idea to reflect on past HR data to inform our future decisions. As a topic, HR is broad, but job seekers and employers alike will benefit from the information we collected below.

Statistical data about hiring, employee job satisfaction, employee engagement, and employee performance management can give you insight into what works in the HR world and what does not, and what is crucial to job seekers and employers. Though some HR statistics might not pertain to you, you will find that many of the statistics relate to job seekers and employers, in general. And more than that, some are just really interesting!

Employers look increasingly to HR statistics to drive employee engagement, as it is the essential way to ensure employee satisfaction and performance, and therefore, employee retention.

In this post, we’ve gathered some of the best HR statistics we could find on the web to help job seekers identify opportunities and help HR professionals make hard decisions and positively impact company culture.

If you’re curious about the landscape as either a job seeker or a recruiter, here is a collection of the top and most up-to-date human resources statistics.


 Top 10 Most Important HR Statistics


  1. 91.2% of employers prefer candidates with problem-solving skills, while 86.3% of employers value the ability to work as part of a team
    (NACE Job Outlook, 2020)
  2. 79% of job seekers say they have used social media in their job search
    (Glassdoor, 2018)
  3. Social media recruiting is growing: 84% of organizations use it, and 9% are planning to use it (SHRM, 2015)
  4. Social media marketing skills will be the most in-demand HR skill in the future, followed by Data Analysis and Predictive Modeling. (CareerArc, 2017)
  5. 47% of referral hires have greater job satisfaction and stay longer at companies. (JobVite, 2015)
  6. 64% of job seekers say that being treated poorly as a candidate would make them less likely to purchase goods and services from that employer (CareerArc, 2017)
  7. 55% of job seekers who have read a negative review of a company have decided against applying for a position with that company. (CareerArc, 2017)
  8. A study found that 92% of people will trust recommendations that they get from friends and family over any other kinds of marketing, promotions or advertising. (Nielsen, 2012 )
  9. 70% of employees say they have been hired using social media (BetterTeam, 2020)
  10. 80% of job seekers believe their company fosters diversity at work.
    (Jobvite 2017 Job Seeker Nation Study)


Employer Statistics



Job Search Statistics



Recruiting and Hiring Statistics:


  • Percentage of recruiters who say their company should improve on:
    • Compensation and benefits – 48%
    • Simplified administrative processes – 40%
    • Open and effective management – 38%
    • Intuitive tools and technologies – 38%
    • Ongoing employee training – 38%

(LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends 2020)



Resume Statistics


  • Top reasons for resume rejections:
    • Impersonal applications (not addressed to the hiring manager/HR) – 84%
    • No message of thanks after an interview – 57%
    • Generic resume  (not customized and tailored) – 54%
    • No cover letter – 45%
    • (Careerbuilder, 2016)



 Job Interview Statistics


  • Hiring managers receive an average of 250 resumes per job posting and interview 10 people. Therefore, only 2-3% of job applicants actually receive an interview (Career Sidekick)
  • The average length of the hiring process is about 23.8 days
    (Glassdoor, 2017) 
  • Applicants can expect to receive the following number of interviews before a job offer:



Recent Graduate Statistics


  • 44% of new grads wanted to work for medium or small businesses and startups.
    (Gen Z Report Accenture, 2016)
  •  94% of graduates expect to find a job in their field of study, while only 57% of recent graduates work full-time in their field of study.
    (Gen Z Report Accenture, 2017)
  • 41% of recent graduates are underemployed in a job that does not require a degree or diploma (Federal Reserve data, 2020)
  • Recruiters are looking for candidates with the following majors:
    • Business – 35%
    • Computer and Information Sciences – 23%
    • Engineering – 18%
    • Math and Statistics – 15%
    • Health Professionals and Related Clinical Sciences – 14%
    • Communications Technologies – 11%
    • Engineering Technologies – 11%
    • Communication and Journalism – 8%
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities – 7%
    • Science Technologies – 7%
    • Social Sciences – 6%
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 6%
    • Architecture and Planning – 6%
    • Education – 5%
    • (Careerbuilder) 



A Final Note

HR statistics and similar data can help give you an inside view of your job hunt. You can learn about your competition, which will let you know what you are up against as a job seeker.

This selection of statistics is just a snapshot of the data available to job seekers and recent graduates. As a job seeker, this data only proves just how essential it is to put the effort and time into hiring a professional resume writer. In today’s job market, you need a finely-tuned resume filled with appropriate keywords to get through the AI-powered screening process at many large employers. Once you are past the bots, your resume must translate to human eyes. A professional resume writer is skilled at crafting a well-written resume and cover letter that shows you as the best candidate for the job.

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Amy Watt2020 HR Statistics: What to Know About Job Search, Hiring, Recruiting & Interviews