In December 2015, a survey was conducted by Jobsite, with the intention of gaining an insight into what frustrates jobseekers the most. Overall, more than 11,000 active Jobsite users responded to the survey. In this blog, the main factors that frustrate jobseekers during their job search will be described, with ways to possibly resolve them.
One of the most frustrating factors for jobseekers is lengthy job applications, and who can blame them? No one wants to sit and fill out a job application that takes hours to complete, especially when jobseekers are having to constantly complete them, and let’s be honest not every part of the application form is truly relevant. Ensuring that application forms are as short, relevant and easy to complete will improve your ROI and help you find the best talent around.
Another factor that is frustrating for jobseekers is that they do not receive feedback. Of those surveyed, 49% of candidates revealed they never/rarely received any feedback following a job application. Actually, 54% of candidates revealed that they would wait between 1 to 7 days to hear back following an application, before moving on. Providing timely feedback to candidates can be a great way for recruiters to set themselves apart from competitors. This approach not only sets a benchmark for quality, but it also subtly lets candidates know the standard of applications that is expected for a certain type of vacancy.
Poor vacancy is also a factor that frustrates jobseekers, as 30% of jobseekers actually stop completing a job application due to a lack of information. One key piece of information that, when missing, really frustrates jobseekers is the salary. On average, applications per vacancy are 68% higher for roles that show the salary compared to those that do not.
Importantly however, most jobseekers are happy with some parts of their job search, as only 25% of candidates revealed that they did not enjoy any part of searching or applying for jobs.