Majority of Job Seekers Believe Economic Difficulties are Driving People to Take More Extreme Measures to Secure Employment

Aug 20, 2013, 04:18 ET from FindEmployment

COVENTRY, England, August 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Candidates are coming up with increasingly creative techniques to get a job offer

According to a survey conducted by FindEmployment, the majority of respondents (35%) believe that economic difficulties are motivating job seekers to come up with more creative techniques to stand out from other candidates. Over one in 10 (11%) believe that job seekers who resort to unusual tactics to find a job are clearly desperate for any kind of employment at all. 10% believe that such candidates are attention seekers and enjoy the stir such crazy tactics can generate in the media. However, a more optimistic 31% of respondents with a brighter outlook think that some people are naturally inventive and funny and use this talent well to secure a job.

15% of applicants would consider writing a blog or novel if it would help them stand out to recruiters, while a surprising 13% would even contemplate putting their CV on a picket board in front of their favourite company. 8 of every 100 respondents would take out a billboard or media advert if it would get them a job, and 5% of job seekers stated that they would contemplate creating a flash mob of their friends to praise them in front of a recruiter.

Further findings of the survey include:

  • The majority of job seekers believe that there are better job opportunities today due to online recruitment, social media and recruitment companies (41%).
  • 28% of candidates believe that they have increased difficulty finding jobs due to the global economic crisis.
  • Over a quarter believe they will have a better chance of finding a job due to globalisation and travel.

"The findings of this study highlights that job seekers today are ready to incur considerable expense in order to stand out from the crowd of applicants," said Emma MacKenzie, Chief Editor of, FindEmployment's dedicated employment blog. "Billboard adverts and picket boards can place a burden on job seekers funds when they are trying to improve their financial future. A better alternative to avoid these pricey options is writing articles and having them published for free on websites and blogs. Contributing to blogs can showcase your unique talents and interests, and recruiters can read your portfolio if you include links to it on your CV", she added.

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