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How to cope with a sea of job applications

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We all know that under the current economic conditions, against the backdrop of Covid, there are an awful lot of people out there looking for jobs.

Whereas only a few months ago one job advert might have attracted a handful of candidates, now that same advert could bring on a tsunami of hopeful jobseekers. For example, according to CV-Library, an entry-level paralegal position receiving 4,228 applications, while 3,333 people applied for an HR assistant role and 3,272 for a trainee accountancy job.

According to the latest figures, between March, when the lockdown began, and August, the number of people claiming benefits rose 120% to 2.7 million. The biggest rise in unemployment has been among young people - up 76,000 for 16- to 24-year-olds compared to last year.

So as an employer, how do you go about sifting through those CVs and selecting the right person for your organisation? Particularly when a higher proportion may be from younger people who won’t have much of a track record (i.e. previous employment history) for you to base an assessment on.

And if you’re a jobseeker looking for a new role, how do you make your CV stand out above the crowd?

Here are some steps you could take to avoid drowning in a sea of job applications.

  1. Reduce the timeframe from advertising to start-date. If there is a shorter window to apply, that will help reduce the number of applications.
  2. Ask among your team for referrals and personal recommendations, or consider recruiting internally. The best candidates may be right under your nose, without you needing to go through an external recruitment process.
  3. Our top advice: engage a recruitment partner, and let them take that workload off your shoulders. This is by far the best way to handle your recruitment, particularly in the current market. Who better to sift through those many applications, than a recruitment partner who really understands your business, your team, and the type of person you are looking for, as well as the skillset needed. They will also have a good understanding of the job market for your locality and your sector.

Meanwhile, if you’re the one looking for a new role, then it’s important to make sure your CV is up-to-date and tailored for each different position, so it’s not simply generic. You can get more CV writing tips here.

To talk to the experts at 24-7 Staffing about handling your recruitment process, or about a new position, please get in touch. Based in Wiltshire, we specialise in temporary recruitment for the driving, commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors and place candidates across Chippenham, Salisbury, Bristol and the South West.

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Published by Melody

11 days ago