One in four young jobseekers dont think theyll find a job in the next 12 months
New research from totaljobs.com has found that 40% of young people are not confident of having a job in the next six months and one in four young jobseekers do not think they will find a job in the next year.
Despite this, 58% of 16 to 24 year olds spend two hours or less on job applications, whilst the national average is 2.5 hours per application. The lack of time spent paints a picture of a demoralised young workforce, with over two thirds (68%) of 16 to 24 year olds stating that they frequently apply for jobs for which they are overqualified.
The findings comes as youth unemployment remains high, with the number rising by 9,000 and the number of young people in work falling by 77,000 to 2.6 million from February to April this year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Mike Fetters, future talent director of totaljobs.com says, “The UK jobs market is still very competitive, particularly for 16 to 24 year olds and these statistics suggest that many young jobseekers are dismayed by the lack of job opportunities and finding it hard to motivate themselves when applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.
“There simply aren’t enough positions available for young people at the moment so jobseekers in this age group must make the most of their qualifications, experience and contacts. They must be assured that confidence and success will come with sustained dedication and preparation when trying to get a job.”
Totaljobs.com launched & lsquo;Job Academy’ this month, a new online campaign to help young people find a job. Five young people have been invited to a top secret location, with the aim of making them more employable through advice from totaljobs.com and independent experts. Over the next 7 weeks, viewers will get the chance to follow the candidates as they learn the skills they need to get the job they want and keep it.