Employees still burying their heads in the sand over potential job losses
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
London, 5 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 by
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
20th - 22nd 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
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