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Every other Dane get their job through a classic job application

October 21st, 2020

Headhunting rarely provides a complete overview of possible candidates for a position. Still, many Danes get their job that way. A study conducted by Userneeds, on behalf of the Danish Engineers’ Association IDA, shows that the classic job application is still the most popular recruitment method.

Userneeds has conducted a study on behalf of the Danish Engineers’ Association IDA which emphasizes that 45 percent of the Danes have gotten their most recent job through a motivated application  – either unsolicited or as a reaction to a job posting. One of the reasons why this type of recruitment method remains the most common, is that job postings that call for applications provide a better picture of which candidates that meet the requirements for the position. At the same time, it can be expensive for a company if the new employee is not the right candidate, says chairman of the Employees’ Council in IDA, Morten Thiessen.

He believes that headhunting rarely provides the best overview of possible candidates for the position. Still, the study shows that a total of 38 percent have been encouraged to apply for a position through people in their network or by headhunting. In some industries, headhunting is more prevalent than in other industries and here a large network will result in more job opportunities. However, Morten Thiessen assures, as the study also points out, that the classic job application is far from irrelevant. For most Danes, the classic job application is still the way to a get new job.

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