Research from totaljobs has found that more than three quarters (78 per cent) of 16-24 year olds say they find the job hunting process challenging. The survey, conducted by totaljobs as part of its #MillionPoundJamie campaign (http://www.totaljobs.com/get-you-noticed/jamie), showed that the biggest struggles the age group face include standing out from the crowd and securing that all important interview (27 per cent), as well as the application process itself (13 per cent).
The data, included in the Totaljobs Employment Index also shows that there are plenty of reasons for jobseekers to be positive, with job postings on the website up 19 per cent year-on-year in August, as the jobs market continues to thrive post-Brexit.
At a time of year when young people are traditionally moving from education to the world of work for the first time, the growth in vacancies will come as welcome news. Not only were job vacancies up 19 per cent year-on-year, but they were also up two per cent in the three months to August compared to the three months prior.
However, totaljobs data also shows that job applications are soaring – up 22 per cent year-on-year – with the number of applications per job up three per cent year-on-year, showing increased competition for each job.
For young people looking to secure a new role, getting noticed has never been more important. More than a third (37 per cent) of jobseekers aged 16-24 said they could benefit from more relevant work experience and 23 per cent would like guidance on refreshing their CV to make sure it stands out. A fifth (21 per cent) of young people say help in prepping for interview questions is the advice they would most like to receive.
John Salt, group sales director, totaljobs, said: “The growth of jobs posted on totaljobs is a clear and positive sign that employers are confident about recruiting in the post-Brexit world. What’s concerning is that so young people have told us they are facing challenges finding a job they love. Our research found that many have job hunting fears, and this could be holding them back from finding work, adding to the high youth unemployment rate.
“When it comes to hiring younger recruits, employers have much to gain from this enthusiastic and talented pool of jobseekers who will bring fresh skills and new perspectives into their businesses,” concluded Salt.