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Three Fifths of Jobseekers Apply for Unsuitable Roles

Three Fifths of Jobseekers Apply for Unsuitable Roles

According to a new study from a recently launched compliance software service for recruiters, three fifths of jobseekers have applied for jobs they were knowingly unsuitable for with the majority citing & lsquo;desperation’ as the main reason why.

New research has revealed the extent to which recruiters have their work cut out for them when filtering through job candidate applications, as a new study has revealed that over three fifths of Britons have applied for roles they were knowingly unqualified for.

The study, conducted for the newly launched compliance software service for recruiterswww.NowWeComply.com, aimed to find out more about the recruitment process from a candidate’s perspective. 1,450 people aged 21 and over subsequently took part, all of whom had applied for new job roles within the past 5 years.

Those taking part in the study were asked if they had ever applied for a job that they were knowingly unqualified for, to which the vast majority, 63%, said & lsquo;yes'.

These respondents were then asked what reasons had encouraged them to apply for a role they knew they weren’t qualified for. The most common reason, amongst 47% of the respondents, was & lsquo;desperation to find a job' whilst a third, 32%, simply explained that they were & lsquo;aiming high’ with their application.

In contrast, 15% of these respondents thought that & lsquo;other attributes’ they held would potentially get them the job, despite them being unqualified.

Total respondents to the study were also asked if they had ever actually been offered a job that they were & lsquo;unqualified’ for, to which over half, 52%, said that they had. Of these, the vast majority, 82%, said that they had accepted the job in question.

Furthermore, respondents to the study were asked if they had ever exaggerated, or fabricated, aspects of their CV such as experience, qualifications or interests. To this, more than half, 58%, of those taking part said & lsquo;yes' with the most commonly exaggerated aspect being & lsquo;experience'.

Ben Stoneham, of NowWeComply.com, had the following to say about the findings:

“We all know that some people have a tendency to stretch the truth when it comes to their CV, especially in a tougher jobs market where competition is fierce. As a recruiter it’s one of the things you have to deal with day to day, but with the volume of candidates increasing, the problems that filtering through the fibs can cause are endless.”

He continued:

“Whilst it’s difficult to stop people from lying in their initial application, there are a number of things that can be put in place that will protect recruiters by making sure that the candidates can substantiate what they claim before they’re put forward.

“NowWeComply helps recruiters to do this, enabling them to pre-filter and validate candidates’ claims establishing their right to work and ability to do the job as part of an automated process that they are taken through to establish compliance. By taking the candidate though a formal on-boarding process that they drive, you can weed out the suspect claims before they take up your time.”

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