As iProfile.org reveals over 60% of British workers are doing nothing to improve their job security, the online CV expert launches its Recession Survival Guide for Jobseekers and Jobkeepers.
London, 6 February 2009: The majority of the British workforce is in denial about the state of the current jobs market. Research from online CV expert iProfile.org has found that despite nearly 30% of workers believing there is a good chance they will be made redundant in the next 12 months, and only 13% thinking that their job is completely safe, a worrying 61% have done nothing to improve their job security.
This gap means that many people would be vastly under-prepared for the job-hunting market if they were to find themselves made redundant. As a result, iProfile.org has launched its comprehensive Recession Survival Guide for Jobseekers and Jobkeepers. With nearly 3 million iProfile holders in the UK, iProfile.org has drawn on its industry knowledge to offer practical advice to all: including recent graduates; those who have found themselves unemployed after many years of service; and even those lucky enough to still have a job. The guide is free and available to download from http://www.iprofile.org/Career-Advice/The-Recession-Survival....
For those looking for work, the guide includes suggestions of new career moves, highlights the key transferable skills and predicts the expected growth industries. Meanwhile, for those currently in employment the guide offers advice for spotting the signs of redundancy, and gives recommendations of measures employees can take to keep their job. Alongside this, iProfile.org gives invaluable tips on how best to update your CV template and sell yourself to current or potential employers.
“We understand that facing unemployment can be a daunting time, but we’re surprised by how little people are doing to help improve their situation,” explains Peter Linas, Alliance Director, iProfile.org. “Our research found that only 39% of those surveyed had taken measures to safeguard their job: just 16% had worked unpaid overtime; 8% of employees have postponed their holidays; a tiny 3% have bought smarter clothes for work; and 2% have volunteered to take a pay cut or switch from full time to part time employment. With this in mind, our guide is designed to advise jobseekers and jobkeepers of the best ways to take action. Linas continues, “One of the easiest and most effective things jobkeepers can do is update their CV, however, our survey results show that only 17% of workers have ensured their CV is up-to-date. Your CV is the key to securing a job, and in the current climate you never know when you might need it. If you’re made redundant it’s possible you won’t be able to return to your desk, let alone collect any relevant information as evidence of your work achievements. Candidates often fail to include their achievements in their CV simply because they’ve forgotten them. For this reason it’s best to keep track of you skills and achievements as you go along, as this will be a great help when applying for a new job and can even highlight your transferable skills if you’re looking to change careers.”
Case study: “Making the most of your transferable skills”
Nathan Stevenson began his career as a high-flying quantitative analyst in a London-based hedge fund but when the credit crunch came last year he left the world of finance to pursue his dream of making movies. Nathan’s old career has played a large part in his success after finding many of his skills were transferable: “Hedge funds are fast paced, demanding precision and sharp analytical skills. That’s essential when pulling together and managing multiple film projects and business opportunities.” Nathan admits that it was a nerve-wracking move, but by highlighting the skills he already had in his CV it was one that certainly paid off.
“It is undeniably tough for jobseekers at the moment – recruiters are no longer finding it difficult to source new candidates, so jobseekers need to be doing everything they can to search for jobs and build relationships with recruiters – they should treat looking for work as a full time job in itself,” says Nick Butcher, CEO of Capital International. “It’s also worth remembering that recruiters are struggling to find vacancies, so if you know of any positions available that aren’t suitable for you, let them know – building a reputation for being a great candidate will help recruiters remember you for future job opportunities.”
About the research
All figures, unless otherwise stated are from research by YouGov plc commissioned by iProfile.org. Total sample size was 2041 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20-22 January 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
This survey has been conducted using an online interview administered members of the YouGov Plc GB panel of 185,000+ individuals who have agreed to take part in surveys. An email was sent to panellists selected at random from the base sample according to the sample definition, inviting them to take part in the survey and providing a link to the survey.
YouGov plc make every effort to provide representative information. All results are based on a sample and are therefore subject to statistical errors normally associated with sample-based information.
iProfile.org is the free online CV which is rapidly replacing the traditional CV. Nearly 3 million jobseekers already own an iProfile, and this number is rising rapidly.
iProfile.org is more than an online CV, it is a dynamic career profile and the preferred CV template for many recruitment agencies. It is easy to set up and update, and because it gives users complete control over the job seeking process it is more secure than a Word CV. Job seekers can use an iProfile.org to instantly register with as many or as few recruitment agencies as required and it ensures they hear about the latest jobs. It also gives them immediate visibility over who’s received it, who’s viewed it, calls received and feedback from recruiters and hiring managers.
Personal data held on an iProfile.org is only visible to the people and agencies with whom the job seeker has chosen to share it with. Once that information is shared, any updates made to an iProfile.org are instantly transmitted to the individuals or databases of recruitment agencies that have been given access, ensuring they never hold an out-of-date copy.
iProfile.org has been adopted by thousands of recruiters. World leading recruitment companies have also taken advantage of our iProfile.org candidate sourcing solutions designed to maximise their net fee income by saving their recruiters time, improving efficiency and ensuring their candidate databases are significantly more up-to-date.
For more information on iProfile.org for jobseekers, visit: www.iprofile.org
For more information on iProfile.org for recruiters, visit: www.iprofile.org/recruiter
For more information please contact:
Karla Winch, Brands2Life
020 7592 1200
Michelle Stewart, iProfile
07710 414 753
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