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How did our panel members get their current job?

July 8th, 2020

The job market can be hard to navigate in. Finding the interesting job possibilities, writing the perfect application, and finding out what it should include. There are many factors which can influence who end up getting a specific job and sometimes it depends on who has the right network. At Userneeds we found it interesting to examine how our panel members got their current job. Therefore, we asked the following question in a quick poll: “How did you get your current job? (If you are unemployed think of your last job)”.

There are many ways to get a job. You can send applications both unsolicited and solicited and then you can use your contacts in your network. Navigating in the job market can be hard – finding the jobs and knowing what to include in the perfect application. It is different what those who hire want in a good application and further it can be different what they want to see in a good CV. We have asked our panel members in a quick poll the question: “How did you get your current job? (If you are unemployed think of your last job)”.

According to the result from the quick poll, more panel members got their current job by sending CV and application solicited than unsolicited. Between 25 percent (Finland) and 36 percent (Ireland and Sweden) got their current job by sending CV and application solicited. Only between 9 percent (Denmark) and 17 percent (Ireland) got their current job by sending CV and application unsolicited. Thereby Userneeds’ panel members are more likely to apply for a position solicited than unsolicited.

It seems like the Irish panel members have the smallest tendency to use their network when getting a new job. Only 16 percent of the Irish panel members got their current job via their network. In the other countries, this percentage is between 26 percent (Sweden) and 29 percent (Norway). In between comes Denmark and Finland where 28 percent in each country used their network to get their current job.

The result has confirmed that it can be very different how you get a job. Further, it showed that there is a bigger tendency to send a CV and application solicited than unsolicited. The Irish panel are the panel where fewest have used their network to get their current job.

Thank you to those of you who have answered this quick poll. We hope you found the result interesting.