Job Seeker Frustrations

 There is a worker shortage and it is going to get a lot worse. Those of you who have been around awhile will remember the old prognostications about, "35% of all workers will be eligible to retire in the next 10 years!"

Well, it is now finally coming true. The Baby Boomers are finally retiring and leaving the workplace. You would think that anyone who wants a job can get one, but evidently, job seekers have frustrations too.

You can seek solace in the list below if you are a job seeker. Or, if you are an employer, find tips for how to improve your chances of landing the best possible candidates to choose from.

One item that really jumped out at me from the Job Hunt report was this one—which was saved for the very end of the list: The Ideal Post-Pandemic Workplace:
"When we asked what the ideal post-pandemic workplace is, 55% said they want to be fully remote, while 42% prefer a hybrid schedule."

Hey, and don't forget the 30-hour workweek for the same pay!!

Insights Into Today’s Job Seekers*

Biggest Job Search Frustration: Unresponsive Employers

  • Not hearing back from employers (50%)
  • Jobs are too low-paying (42%)
  • Lengthy submission process (38%)
  • Required qualifications or degrees that may not impact the ability to do the job (37%)
  • Avoiding job scams (36%)
  • Not finding jobs that they qualify for (32%)
  • Formating applications materials for applicant tracking systems (25%)
  • Not finding jobs at companies they want to work for (25%)
  • Not finding jobs in industries they’re interested in (21%)
  • Not being able to identify the hiring manager (15%)
Biggest Job Posting Irritation: No Salary Information

  • Not including salary or pay information (66%)
  • Being unclear about location requirements (35%)
  • Not including information about work hours and schedule (33%)
  • Not specifying how much remote work is allowed (33%)
  • Not providing enough detail about the job tasks (31%)
  • Not making it clear which qualifications are required or preferred (28%)
  • Seeing a job posted that they already applied to (27%)
  • “Catchy” job titles that aren’t easy to find using common keywords (like a job posting for a Happiness Guru, not a Customer Service Representative) (24%)
  • Not including information about the technology tools or programs the company uses (15%)
  • Unclear application deadline (14%)
  • Providing too much detail about the job tasks (10%)
New Ways to Search and Apply for Work

  • With workplace culture more important than ever, one interesting finding of this survey is that a majority of respondents (69%) do not think it’s important to see photos and videos of the workplace or team when evaluating a job. 
  • When we asked how job seekers apply for a job, 55% said they usually or always do so on a computer. 
    34% use a combination of a computer and mobile devices
  • 11% said they usually or always apply using a mobile device

The Ideal Post-Pandemic Workplace

When we asked what the ideal post-pandemic workplace is, 55% said they want to be fully remote, while 42% prefer a hybrid schedule.

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