The UKs only student and employer match making site, www.studentgems.com conducted a study on 872 Businesses. The results show that most companies receive an average of 120 applications for each job advertised.
Studentgems.com conducted the research to highlight previous results that show experience is valued over qualifications. As well as qualifications, of those asked, 67% of MDs cited that a full list of hobbies and personal achievements also helped to make a more successful CV.
Businesses have seen a 130% increase in responses to job advertisements, with 16% noticing a 78% increase. Due to the rise in applications, the short listing process has more than doubled, with an average of 10 candidates being interviewed for each position.
The increase in applications has resulted in students struggling to find relevant work placements during their gap year from University as they are competing against more experienced applicants. Candidates face a 1 in 10 chance of being hired, and endure tougher tests and questions during the interview process.
Commenting on the results, Sue Harrison, co-founder of studentgems.com has said:
With jobs being lost across the UK, passing the interview process is becoming much more challenging; the candidate really must wow the employer, in order to stand out against other applicants.
We encourage students at university and college to gain as much relevant experience as possible, which is why we set up studentgems.com to match students with the right employer, so when the time comes for interviews their CV is loaded with relevant evidence to show they are suitable for the position. Employers are taking great care in the interview process and ensuring they hire the right person for the job.
For further information on studentgems.com, its founders Joanna Ward and Sue Harrison or to look at successful case studies of students who have made money and improved their CVs through using the service please contact Charlotte Horsfall 01452 348211 or email on email@example.com
When two company directors needed a photographer for a project on a tight budget, they reasoned that a student would be able to do the job. They eventually found a student who did an outstanding job, gained valuable experience, was paid £300 and saved the directors an estimated £300 in the process.