UK ONLINE RECRUITMENT SITES are being flooded with job applications as the unemployment rate starts to soar.
According to online recruitment analyst Peter Stanley, there are six or seven CVs to every job in some areas. This means that there is not only stiff competition between job seekers, but also between the online recruitment sites which need to get people hired before they can make a buck.
One site UpMo is providing recruitment software to help people shape their career paths. The press release was packed full of jargon phrases like roadmap and career goals. Apparently the software plots your career alongside other successful people.
Apparently if I was Alexander the Great I would have conquered most of the known world and be dead by now.
But the site is doing what many others are trying and that is adding value in the hope of getting the biggest database of jobseekers.
Meanwhile other jobseekers are hitting the social notworking sites for work. Some of the more professional sites where you have 'contacts' and not 'friends' are reporting a boom in sign-ups as people try unusual methods to find work.
And what are the employers looking for? According to Stanley it is the usual suspects, really. Java and SAP skills are still in demand. And there are still a few Cobol jobs floating around from those outfits with aging machines that have not shipped themselves off to India yet.
Stanley added that there were still shortages of people with management and IT skills. But IT headhunters are a thing of the past and geeks are going to have to look for jobs like everyone else for the next two years.
He said that the job situation is not as dire in Blighty as it is in the US, although it could go that way if things don't pick up fast. µ
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