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Thursday, 11 February 2010

120 applicants for every job, businesses are inundated with CVs

We conducted a study of 872 businesses across the UK. The results show that most companies receive an average of 120 applications for a newly advertised vacancy, short lists have doubled and candidates face a 1 in 10 chance of getting through an interview. Candidates also endure tougher tests and questions during the interview process.

With jobs being lost across the UK, passing the interview process is becoming much more challenging; the candidate really must ‘wow’ the employer in order to stand out against other applicants.

We encourage students at university and college to gain as much relevant experience as possible, which is one of the reasons we set up studentgems.com. Then, when the time comes for interviews, their CV is loaded with relevant evidence to show they are suitable for the position. Employers are taking great care with their recruitment and ensuring they hire the right person for the job.

This research was picked up by several journalists and we had some wide reaching coverage, both online and offline, including some great coverage in the Daily Telegraph. We then had a phone call to the office from a recruitment agent saying he just couldn’t find enough graduates for his vacancies!

So, all you graduates looking for your first ‘proper’ job, don’t give up. Some recruiters are falling over themselves to find you; maybe they aren’t looking in the right places... Make sure you are easy to find!

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