UK workers reveal their biggest bugbears about looking for a job

Nearly two thirds of UK workers dislike looking for a new job, with this figure rising to amongst 18-24 year olds.

New research from CV-Library finds that nearly two thirds (62.7 per cent) of UK workers dislike looking for a new job, with this figure rising to 69.9 per cent amongst 18-24 year olds.

In fact, the study, which asked 1,200 of the nation’s workers what their biggest bugbears were when it came to looking for work, finds that there are key areas which candidates hate the most.

The top 10 job hunting taboos

1. Lack of response from recruiters (56.9 per cent)

2. Long application processes (48.8 per cent)

3. Tailoring their CV and cover letter for different roles (30.2 per cent)

4. Finding a role in their local area (20 per cent)

5. Vague updates from the recruiter (17 per cent)

6. Being turned down at the final stage (14.4 per cent)

7. Finding a role suited to their skill-set (13.9 per cent)

8. Finding a role that meets their needs (12.4 per cent)

9. Being hassled by recruiters (10.1 per cent)

10. Having to attend interviews (3.5 per cent)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments, ‘It’s clear from our research that candidates have a few bugbears with businesses, especially in terms of lack of response, vague updates and feeling as if they’re being hassled. While it’s certainly unfair for businesses to get a bashing, there are a few steps that employers should take to ensure that they’re providing a job hunting experience which is engaging and rewarding.

‘Some of the taboos outlined in our research are unfortunately part and parcel of looking for work and simply can’t be avoided. However, it’s clear that many candidates need educating about the job hunt, especially as looking for work can be extremely stressful for candidates. Doing our bit as an industry is important.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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