Recent Job Seeker Survey Findings

Findajob and iReach Market Research have launched a Quarterly Job Tracker to study emerging trends for employment and jobs in Ireland. The first survey results were released September 2012. There were some interesting findings from the 2,000 responses (adults in Ireland aged 18+ to 65+). I have picked out some of the findings that caught my eye.

CV WRITING – The survey found that 60% of job seekers adapt their CV to their current job search. This means that 40% do nothing to their CV.

NOTE: You must tailor your CV for each job application. This effort will give you the best possible chance to land an interview.

JOB SEARCH - The survey found that 74% of Job Seekers use online recruitment sites, 14% using Newsprint and 5% word-of-mouth.

NOTE: 70% of jobs are not advertised. Failure to use proactive job search strategies will mean failure to access the hidden job market. Spend more time using proactive job search strategies – social media, real world networking and speculative applications.

SOCIAL MEDIA – The survey found that 38% actively build professional contacts through LinkedIn. Of these 50% wanted to establish themselves in a professional light through the network. 50% use it to keep in touch with other professionals and networks. Only 4% of job hunters would consider Linkedin to search for jobs.

NOTE: Social Media tools can enhance your job search. Utilise key tools like Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook. Linkedin is a key tool to support your job search. You must create an impactful Linkedin profile. You must also increase your activity on the site to increase your visibility.

Measurability is a leading Career & Outplacement consultancy. Key services include CV writing, interview preparation, job search coaching, Linkedin training and career coaching.

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