2017 Job Seeker Trends — What You Told Us…

Helping job seekers to get the job they want is JobGetter’s mission.

The Australian Job Seeker Report by JobGetter provides an essential view into the job seeker trends and is the only nation-wide report that focuses on the issues surrounding work from a job seeker’s perspective.

Produced annually, the key objective is to ascertain what gets people into work — and what is keeping them out of it.  This crucial insight can assist in identifying the issues we as a country need to address as a priority in order to increase workforce participation and protect the health of our economy.

This year, we turned our focus to how education contributes to employability and the general sentiment of the job seeking population in regard to the value of education as it relates to jobs and careers.

Here’s what you — Australia’s job seekers — had to say: 

“We’re tired of bad advertisements and no feedback!”

Most job seekers experience problems from the get go. Although the Internet has allowed employers to reach more job seekers than ever before, many have failed to update the way they reach talent.

You told us you were sick of responding to vague job ads and hearing nothing back from employers. Finding out the job was no longer available after applying was even worse. Of the complaints relating to job advertisements, 40% focused on incomplete or unclear descriptions of the roles.

“The Education system is not setting us up for success”

 A full 65% of you said that you feel you hadn’t been sufficiently prepared to succeed in the workplace. Of all the job seeker trends we identified, this was perhaps the most shocking.

At JobGetter, we believe that the education system needs to re-think its responsibility to employers and job seekers. Employers want applicants who possess the skills to succeed in their industry and job seekers want to be successful applicants and workers. However, both job seekers and employers feel disenfranchised with an education system that isn’t providing the practical skills that modern businesses demand. Combined with a strong feeling that educators are teaching what used to be done rather than what is being done, job seekers are feeling like a lot is being left up to them. This idea is reinforced by employers who constantly tell job seekers that qualifications alone aren’t enough to get a job.

“Our biggest barrier to work is lack of experience”

Job seekers are finding taking the first steps towards building  a career extremely difficult. Even entry-level positions are held to strict experience requirements now. Almost 40% of you said that the greatest barrier to employment was a lack of experience.

Job ads that require you to have worked for at least two years for an entry level role are becoming the norm. Employers don’t trust educators to train job seekers to the same standards that are required in their industry. Many of these same employers, however, aren’t willing to take a risk on inexperienced workers and train them. This leaves job seekers in a precarious position and many of you said you have looked to internships to get the practical experience required. 

“We want better access to internships and practical experience” 

Internships, like the experience building entry-level jobs, are hard to acquire. More than half of you wished for better access to internships when you were training. The majority of you want to be taught practical skills before entering the workplace. They want to feel that they have the ability to tackle any task that may happen on the job. The practical experience opportunities that job seekers want and need still aren’t being provided by most educators.

“We need more support in learning key workplace skills”

Practical and real-world workplace skills continue to have high demand from job seekers. 52% of job seekers said they wished their learning had incorporated more aspects of the real world experience. How to perform well in an interview and how to write a winning CV, for instance, are real-world skills that can provide immediate results. At the moment, job seekers are forced to develop these skills through trial and error. Employers who don’t provide feedback force unsuccessful job seekers to wonder what went wrong with their application.

“Technology taking our jobs isn’t scaring us now, but will make it harder for us in the future”

Technology is interesting in that it can eliminate some jobs while creating and changing hundreds more. Newly-created jobs in the future will require job seekers to develop new skill sets. The Job Seeker Report showed that job seekers were rising to the task.

The idea of training to develop new skills didn’t phase one in three job seekers. In fact, 62.5% of you told us the reason you were looking for a new job was to “explore new challenges.” Although most job seekers aren’t immediately concerned about automation affecting their jobs or chances of getting a job in the near future, 78% think that it will be much harder in the next 10-20 years.

“We want more work!”

Part-time jobs outnumber full-time jobs in Australia by a three to one ratio. Although the workforce has been gradually moving in this direction, job seekers aren’t happy it. 72.9% of you said that you would prefer to work a full-time job than a part-time one. Furthermore, one in three job seekers who were currently working said they wanted more hours. The current system is simply not providing people with the amount of work that they need.

What is JobGetter doing about the latest Job Seeker Trends? 

Changing the way people apply for jobs is a big task. It requires employers, educators, and job seekers to think about their responsibilities to the process.  Communication is at the heart of this process and JobGetter is fully committed to getting the parties talking. Our Job Seeker Report is just one way we are gathering information to help more people get into work. By analysing job seeker trends we hope to create a better experience for you.

Currently, JobGetter is:

  • Working with employers to find out what skills they require and how job seekers can develop them
  • Communicating with educators to push for more practical training and realistic workplace experiences
  • Researching the skills of the future and what jobs in industries can expect change

How can we help you?

JobGetter was founded in 2011 by job seekers for job seekers.  It’s this fundamental commitment to solving the challenges that people in the employment economy face by constructively challenging the status quo that sees JobGetter continue to drive the recruitment industry to keep pace with the changing world of work.

We want to do everything we can to make your job search faster, more enjoyable, and ultimately, successful. Employers can sometimes forget that the application process goes both ways. This is why it is so important to make your voice heard. By giving us feedback we can look at job seeker trends and work out how to address challenges. The 2017 Job Seeker Report will be used to help make looking for a job easier. We want you to develop the skills necessary to take your career where you want it to go.

Please feel free to reach out to our Support Team at any time for help with your job search — we’re here for you. 


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