NEWS JUST IN: Here’s what young jobseekers want from recruiters
November 2nd, 2020
The Debut and the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and Institute of Student Employers (ISE) partnered up to undergo a study into what it is recent graduates want during the job process.
Seven questions were posed to 2,000 young jobseekers amid this current pandemic and unique job market.
Without further or do, here’s a summary of their answers...
1. “What is important to them when they are choosing a job?”
98% said the leading factor when choosing a job is being treated fairly
73% said that it’s important to be working with like minded people
2. “How are young jobseekers thinking about and planning for their career?
57% said that their career plans have changed since the start of the pandemic
42% were confident that they’d find a job they wanted quickly after leaving education
3. “What sources of information are they using and finding helpful?”
91% admitted that face-to-face work experiences are helpful but that they wanted access to online information
90% said that job boards and careers websites were definitely helpful
4. “How should employers communicate with them?”
37% agreed that employers should communicate with them through blogs
36% through Instagram
33% through Twitter
And, 28% through Facebook
Overall, respondents are ‘lukewarm’ to being contacted through social media
The most positive form of communication was via email and LinkedIn, with 95% would prefer to be contacted through email
90% said LinkedIn
5. “How do they feel about different assessment approaches?”
At the moment, virtual assessments are the only route recruiters can take, but what do job seekers think?
91% said they were comfortable taking part in face-to-face interviews
86% said they were comfortable with online interviews
6. “What do they want to hear from employers?”
Jobseekers want to hear about the recruitment process, gain information about which recruiters were looking for in applications and more
Career advisement/training and opportunities within the organisation are important to students
They want an honest account of current/past employee experiences.
They also wanted to see voluntary, charity and community efforts from employers.
7. “How are they feeling about starting work?”
93% are happy to work from home
94% were excited about the prospect of starting work overall
Albeit these are trying times for graduates and new job seekers, they are remaining optimistic though realistic.
As a recruiter, these figures are important to take into consideration when discussing the job profiles with employers!