More than 60% of employers expect candidates to apply to all positions, according to a survey of the UK’s most highly sought-after job postings.
And yet it’s not only job seekers who should apply.
A recent survey of more than 300 job seekers by job-finding site Indeed.com found that the majority of job seekers surveyed felt confident applying to all jobs, with about two-thirds of those surveyed reporting that they felt confident in applying to the same jobs for the same company, according the report.
The survey also found that only 28% of job applicants surveyed said they would consider applying to a job that was “too difficult” for them, while 43% felt confident that they would find the job for themselves.
And if that sounds like a daunting prospect, don’t fret, you should be.
It’s a fact that employers are keen to make sure candidates are on their radar when they’re interviewing.
For example, a recent study found that, of the 1,838 job listings found on job-search site Indeed, fewer than one in five employers wanted to hire candidates who had been unemployed for three months or less, and that employers were more likely to use resumes from candidates who were unemployed for at least a year.
According to the report, employers have been quick to spot this fact, with an average of 3.7% of their job-seekers applying to their job vacancies within the first six months of posting.
But it’s a job-hunting strategy that is changing, and not just for job seekers.
The fact that many employers have begun to use a “retooled” resume is a big reason why the industry is starting to diversify.
More and more employers are choosing to hire people on the resume over the phone, by text, or through email, and some are even using automated tools to help with the process.
According the report by Indeed, this is because they are seeing the potential to get more leads from the same candidate.
But the reality is that employers want people who are more “human” in their communication and communication skills, said Julie McKeown, chief executive of the British Association of Jobcentres.
They are more likely than ever to use these skills in a real job interview, so employers need to think about how to help candidates who don’t have the same expertise as candidates with that expertise, she said.
Theresa May’s job-seeker’s manifesto is already starting to shift the way job-seeking companies think about hiring, according a survey by job agency KPMG.
More than half of respondents to the survey said they expected their companies to be hiring more people on a CV and more people in a job interview than ever before.
However, according this survey, only 10% of respondents said they were confident in their hiring strategy in 2017, and a quarter of them believed they were “not doing enough” to keep up with demand.