According to a recent report from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), young jobseekers are frustrated by the obscure recruitment process, making them less likely to land a job.
There is a clear mismatch between both employers’ expectations and young jobseekers. This hinders young people’s access to the job market and contributes to the high rate of their unemployment.
This mismatch needs to be addressed, youth employment is still at a record high. CIPD’s research highlights ways in which we can bridge the divide between young people and employers.
The study entitled ‘Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: Addressing the young people/jobs mismatch’ reveals a number of issues that are limiting young job seekers from finding work.
This includes employers; requirements for experience and a lack of feedback after applying for a role. On the other hand, recruiters are often overwhelmed by large volumes of applications from young jobseekers who haven’t carried out the appropriate research to tailor their applications to the specific role.
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at CIPD said:
When it comes to recruitment, it can feel as though young people and employers are on completely different planets.
Too many young people are struggling to find their first job, whereas many employers are finding it difficult to get the skills they need. This mismatch needs to be addressed, not only to reduce youth unemployment and the long-term impact it can have on young people, but also to ensure UK businesses are equipped with the right talent for the future.”
The mismatch is having a part to play in the skills shortage experienced by many companies, because it may be limiting employers’ access to a diverse talent pool.
To access the full report, click here.