Job Search

Even when you’re well into your career and you think you’re pretty well practiced at searching for a new job, there are probably a few things you still don’t know about it. The job market and hiring process is always evolving, so the best way to go about finding a new role may be entirely different now to a few years back; so it’s always a good idea to do your research to ensure you’re putting yourself in the best position to find your ideal role.

Wonder where the most popular place to look for job vacancies is? Or what attributes employers look for in candidates? Craft CV have the answers below!

What are the most popular sources for job searching?

  • Job boards are the most popular source to find job vacancies, with 95% of job seekers using them.
  • Some other popular sources are employer sites in second place, with 75% of job seekers checking them to learn about opportunities and in third place is LinkedIn with 66%.
  • Despite the hype surrounding social media for job search, only 7% of job seekers use social networks other than LinkedIn.

What are the top reasons for seeking a new job?

  • The most common reasons people look for a new job are being laid off from their existing role and being unhappy at work.
  • Surprisingly only 10% pinpointed a higher salary as the reason for searching for a new job.

How long do people spend job searching each week?

  • The most people (32%) spend between 5-10 hours a week job searching.
  • 19% of job seekers treat their job search as a full time job, spending between 21-40 hours seeking opportunities.

Interview expectations

  • On average interviews last around 40 minutes.
  • You should expect to hear back from the company between 24 hours to two weeks after your interview.
  • On average 100 people will apply for a vacancy and 20% will be invited for an interview.

What do employers look for in an employee?

  • The most important attribute for an employee to possess is multi-tasking skills.
  • Employers also look for initiative and a creative flair.

Job search stats

  • The average job hunt is 2-6 months.
  • in 2014 over 18,000,000 applicants found a job through Facebook.

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