Documentary ‘APPLY NOW: School of Hard Knocks’ will reveal the new type of Job Applicant

Employers should now be on the look out for resumes that read more like the coming-of-age novel 'Great Expectations'.
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LOS ANGELES - Feb. 9, 2016 - PRLog -- Studies show that 80% of available jobs in the U.S. were not publicized to Job Applicants in 2012. So, it stands to reason, over 20,000,000 job­seeking Americans were competing for only a handful of jobs. The story of the American job applicant will be told through a new documentary ‘APPLY NOW: School of Hard Knocks’. The face of the job applicant has changed in the last 20 years. Their work history contains more than 3 positions in 10 years, freelance gigs, and education sections include more “.com” Universities. Hiring Managers is who this film hopes to target, because if they can be aware of the signs of the times,then real change can occur for these ‘School of Hard Knock’ alumni.

In the film a variety of job­seekers from around the U.S. will be followed as they go through the process of searching for employment. From Job Fairs, to filtering through job listing, filling out applicants, and interviewing; the filmmakers will document the entire process to explore how the landscape has changed and how employers are adapting to the change. The film will also contain interviews with executive recruiters, college administrators, experts in job search industry and HR executives from some of the country's largest corporations to get a better idea of the applicant landscape. Many employers in this country use outdated standards when it comes to searching for new employees and the filmmakers believe this is causing a bottleneck effect at the application level. The main question this film looks to ask is; How do traditional employers adapt to modern times of employee hiring, when job applicants are rapidly shifting from traditional standards.

Ross Moving Pictures is the Production Company for the film which starts production this year and is set to wrap in late fall. In order to tell a compelling and authentic story, they’ve enlisted the help of a variety of companies, nonprofits, and government organizations. Some of these companies include global education company specializing in 21st century skills General Assembly, job search engine ZipRecruiter, job board, recruitment software developer iCIMS, job fair producer Diversity Career Group, Bureau of Labor Statistics and The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

The film will also feature experts including frequent TED Talks speaker Barry Schwartz (“Our loss of Wisdom”), Author of the novel turned TV Show “Younger” - Pamela Redmond Satran, the Head of HR for multi-national SAP, Matthew Jeffrey and more to be announced.

This country is happy with its current Unemployment number, but we feel these numbers might be a bit misleading, because the current Underemploymentrate is more than 60% higher than the Unemployment rate (Nov. 2015 data). The filmmakers believe this the cause of a disconnect between traditional employers and modern-­day job­seekers; a disconnect this film hopes to fix.

Executive Producer of the film, Brandon Ross says “We feel many people in this country will gravitate to this story, because almost everyone can relate to the frustrations of going through the job search process.”

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