Job Seekers Willing to go the Extra Mile to Find Work

According to a recent study carried out by totaljobs.com, job seekers are now willing to travel larger distances to attend job interviews. The research shows that, in fact, those looking for work will travel up to around 72 miles for the chance to shine in front of prospective employers.

What’s more, the study also finds that job-hunters now spend much longer preparing for interviews than they did last year, with 44% putting at least two hours into planning and company research for each job opportunity. That’s a fairly large 12% increase on the previous year, showing that candidates are realizing the competition for jobs and are equally putting their foot on the gas – quite literally – to leverage themselves onto a higher platform.

John Salt, of totaljobs.com, said of the figures…

“Despite the fact that the UK jobs market has grown in recent years, it is still a competitive market. These statistics show that job seekers are increasingly aware of the commitment they need to make in order to find employment.

“This is no longer a time where people can expect to walk into a job, or be able to ‘wing’ the interview. People are willing to travel a long distance from their homes, and an increasing number are willing to put in over five hours work, in order to better their chances.”

The figures also mean that some businesses must look at the interview stage of recruitment a little more seriously rather than flippantly. With candidates now putting in the extra mile to impress prospective employers, it’s important that company’s hone their interview techniques too, and provide each potential employee with a fair and dedicated experience. For more information, please refer to our guide on Effective Interviewing Techniques.

Additionally, companies should keep in mind their location when advertising on job boards. That is, if a job seeker is willing to travel further to your premises, then it makes sense to target those within a wider locale.

And remember, for all the help you’ll need to advertise a vacancy online (across over 70 UK, leading job boards), then be sure to visit our homepage – HiringMadeSimple.co.uk – for more information.

 

Jobseekers Going Mobile

Over the past few years, with the sudden boom of mobile devices, internet on-the-go has fast become a major part of our lifestyle. It means that web-surfers consuming content online are no longer satisfied with traditional websites, especially when it comes to service-orientated websites.

The days of clunky mobile web experiences are quickly becoming a thing of the past, forcing companies with a mobile-audience to offer up a more modern viewing experience on mobile devices.

Now, according to a recent study carried out by CV-Library, around 56% of candidates are using their mobile devices when job hunting. It’s a statistic that recruiting companies too, must now take notice of when advertising their vacancies online.

CV-Library has been focusing on mobile technology over the last 6 months, ensuring that all candidates will be able to search for jobs on-the-move via a mobile-friendly web interface.

The managing director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, said that “Mobile innovation cannot be ignored, especially within the online recruitment industry where candidates continually require instant and easy access to a pool of jobs or CV’s.

“As job adverts moved from newspapers to websites a decade ago, now we need to introduce mobile services to ensure we’re engaging with all candidates across the UK.”

CV-Library is just one of the many job-boards (including Total Jobs, Reed, Monster and more) that HiringMadeSimple.co.uk can post your job across, ensuring that potential candidates can view your advert on all devices.

Not only that, but we can also provide the service at a much lower price than going direct to each job board. Visit our job board advertising page for more details.

Jobseekers Looking for Digital Breakthrough

A recent study carried out by totaljobs.com has shown a 30% increase in the number of applications for jobs within the electronics sector over the last year, with applications for IT-related jobs also rising by 10%. It’s not a surprising jump – considering the fast pace at which technology is evolving – and it seems that those looking for work are becoming more savvy to the growth of the tech industry, focusing greater ambition to get their ‘foot in it’s door’.

And it’s something that hiring companies must now consider – when advertising jobs for within their outfit – in order to attract the best candidates possible.

I remember when I was first trying to break into the digital scene. I would prowl the internet for hours on end looking for any sign of an entry-level position that required little or no digital experience. Granted, I had experience in other areas – statistics, analysis and marketing to name a few – but I recognised that the way forward in the modern game was through technology. I was desperate to land a job that would offer me exposure to the digital industry and bolster my chances of a successful career in the future.

The point I’m trying to make here is that many job advertisements just didn’t fit what I was looking for in a full-time roll. There was very little on offer when it came to digital training or technological advancement. It all boiled down to, in most cases, either you were an IT person or you weren’t – there was no middle ground for people like me trying to push their way through into the industry.

Luckily for me, I managed to find that one job that offered me the assurances that many other job seekers are looking for today – an introduction to the tech-side of business. Be it through social media, online analytics programs or digital advertising, I was constantly exposed to new technology, laying the foundations for what has now been a great few years working in the industry.

So, what’s the lesson here?

Put simply, more people are turning their heads towards a career in the digital sector. There will undoubtedly be many job seekers looking for that breakthrough role that introduces them to new and emerging technologies. It’s down to you as a company to bring the table – whether it be through a marketing role, sales position or customer services – an opportunity to learn and grow with modern business techniques and technology!

In doing so, not only will you attract more people to the open position, you’ll also maintain a great working environment where staff want to work & learn all at once!

And remember, if you need any additional help when it comes to job advertising, HiringMadeSimple.co.uk is here to help! We provide all the tools and services you’ll need to hire the best staff possible for your company. Find out more by visiting our homepage.

 

UK Companies Locked in Fierce Battle to Recruit Top Talent

A recent Resourcing and Talent Planning survey suggests that UK companies must battle harder if they want to land top talent.

The study, carried out by CIPD and Hays recruitment experts, states that businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to attract experienced and adequately qualified candidates to their outfit.

To put it into figures, the study finds a massive 62% of companies struggle to land those much sought-after prized assets that can help drive a business forward during these rocky financial times. That’s a staggering 20% increase in just the last 3 years alone, since 2009.

And The Reason?

It probably won’t come as too much of a shock to most people that employees, as well as businesses, are noticing the effects of the storm at sea during the current economic climate. That much said, it makes perfect sense that most well-qualified workers would rather stay put than chance jumping ship to another company amidst murky waters below.

It seems that people are now less-inclined to make that bold move to a new company – which may not offer the same assurances as the ones they currently work for.

How Can Companies Combat This?

CIPD researcher, Zheltoukhova, believes that business must adapt to the change in the recruitment landscape by “widening the pools from which they recruit and develop talent, as well as creating new and varied career paths driven by a culture of lifelong learning”.

Simply put, companies must seek new ways to attract the people they want in their set-up, and challenge potential candidates with new and exciting opportunities. And with some confidence starting to find its way back into the job market, there’s never been a better time to stay one step ahead of the game.

And Remember…

HiringMadeSimple.co.uk can offer expert advice to help you attract top talent to your company, as well as provide all the great job advertising services and tools you’ll need to raise the sounds of your recruitment war drums and get noticed by those high calibre candidates.

Job Market at its Strongest Since 2008

The latest labour market update by the Office for National Statistics has shown a boost in the number of jobs advertised so far in 2013. The figures suggest a much healthier outlook for the employment industry as a whole which, hot on the heels of a 5-year baron spell, has seen companies struggle to stay afloat amidst a turbulent financial climate at best.

In light of the report, the Reed Job Index for May this year also reports a 17% increase in job availability over the last twelve months. What’s more, it also finds a 8% increase in advertised jobs on its website since last month (April 2013) alone.

James Reed, the website’s chair, said of the report that “there are strong signs that the growing health of the jobs market will continue to help drive the economy forward.

So what does this mean for hiring companies?

Most importantly, it means that more UK-based companies are ticking the right boxes when it comes to managing their recruitment policy and business-growth.

If the past few years have taught companies anything, it’s that they must hit the nail on the head when it comes to expanding their workforce. Any slight slip of judgement could potentially be an extremely costly one, so it’s vitally important to get things right the first time around.

In short, companies are becoming more savvy with their whole recruitment process, from posting job advertisements in the correct places and efficiently screening their applicants, right through to their interview techniques and final handshakes.

And the knock-on effect?

Since more and more companies are playing their cards the right way, it brings around more competition in attracting those potentially stellar candidates that every business wants to employ. In other words, there are more fishermen at sea all trying to catch that ‘big fish’, so it’s your responsibility as a hiring company to make your net as wide as possible to land them.

At HiringMadeSimple.co.uk we lend you all the tools and advice you’ll need to do just that, giving you that edge over competing businesses also on the prowl for new talent. And what’s more, we provide them at a much more palatable price than any ‘professional’ recruitment agency would.

To learn more about our services – and how they can help your company join the rising few who are clocking on to modern recruitment techniques – visit our homepage at HiringMadeSimple.co.uk.

Small Companies Battle UK Unemployment

In a recent study carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), it was revealed that small to mid-sized companies hire around 1.3 million unemployed and disadvantaged people every year. To put that into perspective, that’s approximately 90% of the total job-seeking population in the UK as things currently stand.  Now that’s a huge chunk, and it speaks volumes about just how important small businesses are for the UK job market.

It’s easy enough to see from these figures alone, that small firms pave the way when it comes to turning the employment cog.  You would probably think, then, that the UK Government would offer these aspiring companies a helping hand at every possible opportunity to keep that cog turning, especially during these times of austerity. But according to the FSB, it appears the exact opposite is true. Not only will recently proposed changes to the UK tax system bring with them enough red tape to wrap up the London Eye, they’ll also see the introduction of real-time information reporting, requiring businesses to relay information regarding employee wages to HMRC 12 times per year – a time consuming and administrative headache at best.

Ted Salmon, of FSB, said:

“Small firms play a unique role in providing the way to employment, especially for disadvantaged groups. They have a greater tendency to take on those that would struggle to find a job – those who have not worked for a long time, have little experience or have been sick. They have also shown resilience in the face of recession – still taking on some 1.3 million unemployed people per year. While not all of these will be new jobs, this is nevertheless evidence of the crucial role small firms are playing in our economic recovery.

“We know from our survey work that small firms want to do more to support jobs, but their employment intentions are currently on hold. Many businesses don’t have the confidence to create new jobs at the moment because cash-flow is tight and they need a helping hand. This is why we’re calling for the National Insurance Contributions holiday to be extended. There are also a lot of new regulatory changes in the pipeline. Our concern is that these changes will add to the already heavy administration burden for small firms meaning they choose not to grow or take on staff.”

But despite this, with unemployment levels (though decreasing slowly) still at staggeringly high levels, the onus remains on small to mid-sized businesses to help get our country back into work. With this in mind, many companies have started turning more often to employing interns and / or apprentices to help carry their business forward without putting too much of a strain on finances.

Either way, now more than ever companies will need to be thorough in their approach to hiring new staff.