Employment Data – Fact or Fiction?

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From the Transitions to Work  program.

Published: September 13, 2021


Tomorrow, the employment figures will be announced in the UK. The figures are widely expected to show a buoyant employment market with employers having difficulty finding enough people to work.

Surprised? If you are one of the employers facing difficulties hiring maybe not. But if you’re a job seeker it may come as a big surprise, especially when you receive a note saying that an employer had a good number of candidates to consider and unfortunately you did not make the cut.

We work with people who are in work, looking to transition, or are new to work. Our perspective then is from coaches and mentors who are charged with helping people to find a first job, or a better fit job.

Maintain Perspective while receiving letters saying “no thanks”. On average it takes 100 applications to get 6 interviews which result in one offer letter. There are ways to reduce the applications but applicants need coaching to do it.

Recruiting is Broken and anyone who suggests to us otherwise will have really hard job convincing us. Current recruiting methods (in general) seem to us too rigid, prescriptive, exclusive, biased and no longer fit for their intent.

Go for the Big Names is still the encouragement most people leaving school get according to our research. The guidance assumption is that the job will pay better, have better benefits, be lower risk and you’ll get all the training you need. That bears little resemblance to the real world.

Incorrect Job Specifications abound when we consider what skills are needed. The top desired characteristics of a candidate according to CEO’s in a 2018 study includes ten core skills. We believe they are right. In a recent study we found less than 8% of job descriptions included these skills. It’s as if the memo hasn’t filtered down to the recruiters.

We continue to coach and mentor job applicants to understand the existing recruiting process but also to show them its many pitfalls and help them avoid them. 

We believe employers really need to take a good look at how they recruit. In a recent study 35% of posted ‘entry-level’ positions required 3+ years experience. That does not make sense. 65% of administrative assistant roles required a degree or post-high school qualifications.  

There are many influences that create this result. A complex problem never has a single solution. We’re engaging with employers to look for alternative recruiting methods. We’re engaging with schools to suggest more real world advice. And we’re engaging with candidates to target their job searches with more thought. 

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