Research highlights candidates’ job search preferences

Research highlights candidates’ job search preferences


Candidates are twice as likely to begin their job search by using a job board as they are to approach a recruiter, according to research released this week by CV-Library.

CV-Library polled 2,400 active candidates from across the UK, aiming to find out what they want from recruiters, their job hunt and the interview process.

When asked about their method of choice to begin their job search, 35% of candidates said they would initially look on a job board. This is almost double the number whose first port of call is to contact recruiters (18%).

The survey also found the majority of candidates like to have the option of searching and applying for jobs on the move. More than half of those polled (55.5%) said they use a mobile app to look for jobs, or would consider doing so in the future.

According to CV-Library, recruiters need to move away from preconceptions about the right time to target jobseekers, with the survey suggesting candidates can be targeted on the move, any time of day.

The survey also asked respondents to describe their dealings with recruiters. It found almost half of candidates prefer to conduct an initial meeting with a recruiter in person, while a third would rather use the phone. Meanwhile some 20.5% said they prefer email, and only two per cent would choose to video call a recruiter in the first instance.

When it comes to maintaining ongoing discussions with recruiters, more than half of candidates (53%) like to do so via email, followed by 43% who prefer to chat over the phone. Tet and phone were cited by only very small numbers of respondents.  

Thursday, 5 February 2015

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