The great CV surge
07 OCT 2020

Published by Kandice Menzie


The great CV surge

A third of the UK workforce are now actively looking for jobs. That’s according to LinkedIn's latest UK Workforce Confidence Index which also found that a further 26% of people are casually looking for a new job or project work and 30% – while not actively looking – are open to the right offer. This means only 13% of workers are NOT looking and not interested in any new opportunities right now.

This surge in job applications coupled with a decrease in job listings, can cloud vision on both ends- making it hard for candidates to be noticed by employers, but also making it difficult for those hiring to find the applicant who is their ideal team member.

There is some good news, the bottle neck is slowly improving - Job listings dropped sharply in March and April but are rising once more- but whilst it does, use our tips to ensure you find your match – both as a jobseeker and an employer.

1. Make room for others

There’s a unique feeling one gets as a jobseeker who finally finds a role they can not only do but will enjoy doing. Its electric and usually leads to a fantastic application because there is passion behind it.

Now isn’t the time to play the numbers game, instead if you don’t get that electric feeling, make visibility easier for the people who do, by not applying.

If you know the role won’t make your heart sing, don’t bother applying.

2. Connect with the best


We know this to be true from first-hand experience. Looking for the perfect match for a role now feels like searching for a needle in a haystack. Overwhelming at best.

Since March the average number of applications per job advert has increased by 48 %

That’s why it’s wise, now more than ever, to team up with an experienced recruiter who has strong existing connections within the industry you’re interested in. Not only will they (and by ‘they’, we mean, ‘us’) have the time to sift through CV’s for you, but having a sharpened eye on the case means only the best, most suitable candidates will be brought forward to you.

3. Be flexible

Whether you’re an employee or a business owner it’s difficult to create any long-term forecasts at current. The only certainty is that we must all remain agile and open to constant re-evaluation of the way we work. Karina, Gabriele’s MD states that "whilst businesses in the design industry are generally busy, which is what we love to hear, the overriding feedback we get is the lack of visibility, which in turn makes them cautious about looking at their team and how to build on their resources.

"This is understandable but can lead to short term solutions, particularly if existing teams are being overworked. Agility is key and we would like to see more contract work coming through – freelance, fixed contracts, whatever works for you. This gives the agency or in-house team some control to manage whatever visibility and certainty they have. And you’ll have a good choice of talent to choose from in most cases". 

Not only have Freelance job openings increased over 25% during the April to June quarter of 2020 but Freelance job postings rose 41% to 605,000 in the second quarter of 2020.

Covid-19 may have hastened the already upward trending freelancer movement, but this accelerated growth can now be a way for both individuals and businesses to ride the wave of inconsistency currently occurring in the job -scape.

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