The Job Search In 2020

21st October 2020

The world of work has been shaken in 2020, priorities have changed, candidates are operating differently and the workplace is changing. We work with candidates each and every day, our teams speak with them about what matters to them, what they’re looking for in their next role and most importantly, how we can help them achieve it. 


Our team recently put out a survey to the candidates they have worked with to gain a little more insight into how job seekers are currently approaching and feeling about the job search and job search tools. 


What is the most useful job platform you have been using whilst searching for a new position?

Forms response chart. Question title: What is the most useful job platform you have been using whilst searching for a new position?. Number of responses: 12 responses.

By far, the most popular choice of platform was LinkedIn, with other jobs sites coming in to make up only 8.3%. 



When offered a first interview, do you research the company?


Forms response chart. Question title: When offered a first interview, do you research the company?. Number of responses: 12 responses.

The answer we expected, and hoped to hear, from all of our candidates, was yes, they do research the companies they are interviewing with. Why is this necessary? Researching a company before an interview, not only shows a solid interest in the overall company the candidate is hoping to join, but also highlights the most attractive (and unattractive) aspects of a business, helping the candidate to know if the company culture is a good match for their own values and culture or not. See our Job Search tips blog for more, here. 



Do you find applying for roles online, through job engines, straight forward?

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you find applying for roles online through job engines straightforward?  . Number of responses: 12 responses.

Surprisingly, only 25% of candidates responded ‘yes’, with a huge 75% responding that they don’t, or sometimes don’t find job engines straight forward.  


We work with you, from the beginning to the end of your job search journey at DiscoverWork, any issues or questions which might pop up, we’re on hand to help you figure them out.  Our teams are invested in your journey, and with you all the way, so don’t let confusing past experiences of the recruitment process deter you from trying! 

Sign up here and see how easy you find the DiscoverWork platform.



How long does it take for you, on average, to hear back from a recruiter once you apply for a position online? 

Forms response chart. Question title: How long does it take for you on average to hear back from a recruiter once you apply for a position online?. Number of responses: 12 responses.

Speed matters to you when you’re looking for your next role, however often the recruitment process does take a little more time than candidates would like. We recognise the importance of knowing where you stand and what is happening on the other end, we do everything we can to get back to you as soon as we can and to prepare you for your interview stages, keeping you up to date along the way. 



Overall, when being considered for a position you’ve applied for, do you feel the information given regarding the recruitment stages are clear and concise?

Forms response chart. Question title: Overall when being considered for a position you've applied for, do you feel the information given regarding the recruitment stages are clear and concise? . Number of responses: 12 responses.

Understanding the stages of the interview can be a real benefit to adequately preparing for it.  Some companies, often larger, international organisations, have much lengthier selection processes, and when going through a recruiter, these stages can be poorly communicated with the candidate. Only 16.7% of our respondents felt that they had clear and concise information regarding recruitment stages. While less than this felt they strongly did not have clear and concise information,  75% felt they only sometimes did, or that it depended upon the position. 

Our communication with candidates is thorough and steady, we join you on your recruitment journey and work with you, not just your application. We are communicative.  We aim to be as clear and informative as we can, but if you have questions, we’re available and contactable. 


During Covid-19, have you been applying for online courses to help your CV stand out?

Forms response chart. Question title: During CoVid-19 have you been applying for online courses to help make your CV stand out?. Number of responses: 12 responses.

We’ve witnessed a huge increase in learning and upskilling since March 2020, changes to working situations have given either a boost in drive to learn or simply more time to learn.  

66.7% of you have taken the time to apply for new courses online, and from more feedback in this survey, we know that LinkedIn courses have been a helpful & popular source. 



Are you confident with your current CV?

Forms response chart. Question title: Are you confident with your current CV?. Number of responses: 12 responses.

An empowered bunch, 91.7%, felt confident with their CV. However we know that this isn’t the case for everyone, and we would say, however confident you are with your CV, it's always worth checking over before you apply for a new role. There may be something you’d like to add after you have done your company research, to make you more desirable, or you may find that some feedback from an unsuccessful recruitment process could help you in your next application. We love to hear that you’re CV confident, but there’s always wiggle room for improvement or tailoring. 



We always take the time to listen to our customers and clients, and believe that the recruitment process can be much more simple for all parties than it often is. By listening and being as transparent and connected as possible, we aim to eliminate the issues that candidates identify in their current journey. If you’re looking for new job opportunities, you can create your profile here, and if you’re looking for new talent for your organisation, you can create your enterprise profile here.