Many young people feel overwhelmed when looking for work

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Recent data has revealed that there are a number of young people feeling confused when it comes to looking for work.

The research, compiled by CV-Library, surveyed 1,000 individuals across the UK and found that as many as 30.1% feel unprepared and overwhelmed by the job hunting process.

This figure rose to 59% amongst those under 18, with CV-Library stating that this perhaps suggests that younger people need more support when it comes to finding work.

Interestingly, 64.5% of those surveyed have never been taught how and where to look for a job.

Further findings from the research show:

– Over half (55.6%) of Brits have never been taught any interview techniques – whether at school, university or college.

– 50.5% of Brits said that they didn’t receive any support when writing their first CV, with 39.4% revealing that they taught themselves how to write one.

– However, 65.7% do understand the importance of a personalised CV, saying they would tailor every CV and or cover letter for each job they apply for – this increases to 75.9% amongst 18-24-year-olds.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said, “Leaving education and entering the world of work can certainly seem daunting for young people if they aren’t prepared. Even the most seasoned professionals will feel nervous about looking for work and attending interviews. As employers, it’s important that we help to support young people as they embark on their job hunt.”

He added, “Nowadays, most people will start their job hunt online, so it’s important to ensure your vacancies are seen by the right people. With the launch of Google for Jobs in the UK coming very soon, there is a lot of pressure on companies to optimise their job postings by including the correct salary, location, job title and other details to give them better exposure.”

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