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over 1 year ago by Executive Grapevine

​Business leader slams candidates for 'not reading job ad properly'

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For many, the current UK jobs market paints a bleak picture. Recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that unemployment figures in the UK had risen by almost 700,000 since the lockdown period began. In addition to this, Metro reported that the latest figures meant that the unemployment rate had increased to 4.1% and is the first time that the joblessness figures have gone up since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Speaking to Metro, ONS’ Director of Economic Statistics, Darren Morgan, said:

“With the number of employees on the payroll down again in August and both unemployment and redundancies sharply up in July, it is clear that coronavirus is still having a big impact on the world of work.”

With statistics pointing towards an increasing number of redundancies – and with CIPD research
revealing that one-third of all UK-based employers are expected to shed staff by October – lots of Brits will be looking to secure new work.

But with lots of Brits in similar job-hunting situations, previous research has pointed towards an increased level of competition in the jobs market. July data from CV-Library found that the competition for jobs intensified, as candidate applications soared by 32% in June. In addition to this, the research found that there were 106% more applications battling it out for every job than there was one year ago. Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library, said that

“competition for these jobs is intensifying and businesses need to be sensitive of the situation and remember that employer branding is still important”.

Yet, one business leader has hit out at jobseekers after he claimed that a large portion of applicants failed to follow simple instructions when responding to his job advert. Ryan Irving, Owner and Lead Strategist at Ri Web, advertised for a role at his internet services company, according to the Mirror. In his LinkedIn post, Irving urged jobseekers to read job adverts properly – and right to the end – before doing anything.

“We recently ran a job ad which attracted 183 applications which, unfortunately, is symptomatic of the current job climate. Within our ad, we asked applicants to respond to a few simple questions instead of sending a CV and do you know how many responded as we'd requested? Six.”

At a time when unemployment levels are high and job opportunities are few and far between, Irving said that “this is just not good enough”.

The business leader added: “At a time where unemployment is high and opportunities are few, this is just not good enough. I suspect many of these applicants are simply blanketly applying for everything and I can understand the mentality, but it doesn't work. We've just had to immediately decline 177 applications because those applicants didn't bother to read the ad properly. I don't care if you have 4 masters degrees and 20 years experience, if you can't follow some simple instructions, it's not a great start is it? (sic)”

Irving’s post garnered a wealth of responses from other LinkedIn users including Alyssa James, a Senior PR and Communications Professional, who asked why candidates wouldn’t read the job advert properly. James added: “That seems crazy to me. If you have any real interest in a role you want to know every detail about what's involved. Skim reading doesn't scream enthusiastic; what a shame.”

Elsewhere, Mike Carter, a Project and Operations Manager, took to the professional networking platform to say that he agreed with Irving’s statement that candidates should be reading job adverts correctly. Recruiter Dominic Joyce asked whether, of the six people who answered the questions but were unsuitable, they were given personalised feedback to help them with future opportunities. Irving responded writing: “100%. Not only are we doing that, Dominic, but we have also advised the 177 exactly why they are being rejected and hopefully helping them with future applications by advising that they’re sure to fully digest an ad before applying.”

While some said they appreciated his standpoint including Izzy Martin, who was previously seeking work, said she also understands how “exhausting and demoralising the process can be”. She added: “It is especially demoralising when you put time and effort into applying for a role with an elaborate cover letter having researched the organisation, and receive nothing back. So yes, it’s frustrating people aren’t reading every single word of your job ad. I get that. But perhaps it’s because they feel that no one is reading a single word of their application. Just a thought."

Source: Executive Grapevine