National Stress Awareness Day: 80 per cent of workforce stressed by job searching

Stressed woman suffering from a burnout

A recent study has revealed that the majority of UK workers feel stressed by looking for a new job.

In a survey conducted by CV-Library,  83.5 per cent of professionals admitted that job hunting stress is a real problem facing the modern workforce.

1,200 UK workers were surveyed for the research, and were asked to share what aspects of job hunting causes them to feel most stressed.

Results found that 72.2 per cent of workers get stressed finding a role that matches their needs, whilst almost 60 per cent become stressed after receiving rejection emails for the roles they’ve applied for.

58 per cent struggle with tailoring their CV and cover letter to each applications needs, whilst 22.9 per cent feel stressed out dealing with recruiters.

Also, 22.8 per cent find taking time off work to attend interviews the most stressful part of job hunting.

Additionally, not hearing anything back from an application (32.2 per cent), not being able to find any roles (27.7 per cent) and being turned down for a role they really wanted (19 per cent) were the top reasons professionals were feeling stressed and discouraged.

To combat stress, almost half of those surveyed agreed that recruiters should always offer feedback, with a further 35.9 per cent stating that candidates should receive an email of acknowledgement and thanks, regardless of the outcome of the application.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, explained the results:, Workplace stress is something we often hear about, but very rarely do we talk about the stress that can be caused as a result of job hunting.

These feelings are very real, and it’s clear from the data that the nation’s professionals can become extremely disheartened when the job search becomes overwhelming.

Recruiting professionals play a huge role in a candidate’s job search, and at the end of the day both recruiter and candidate have a shared goal – to land them a job!

As such, it’s vital that recruitment professionals are working with job hunters to aid their search and reduce unnecessary stress levels.

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