74% of Job Hunters are Rejected Entry Level Jobs Due to Lack of Experience

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In the competitive landscape of the job market, 74% of young job seekers aged 25 to 34 face rejection from entry-level positions. This is primarily due to them having lack of experience. 

This revelation stems from a recent survey conducted by Virgin Media O2. Thus, it sheds light on the challenges faced by the youth in their quest to kickstart their careers.

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Survey by Virgin Media O2

The recent survey commissioned by Virgin Media O2 paints a stark picture of the challenges faced by young job seekers.  

A significant 74% of respondents in this age group reported facing rejection from entry-level positions. They have primarily attributed this setback to the challenge of lack of experience.

Despite applying for entry-level roles, the harsh reality is that the majority find themselves receiving rejection letters. This emphasises the uphill battle young individuals face in their pursuit of career initiation.

Beyond the immediate hurdle of securing an entry-level position, the survey highlights the psychological toll on job seekers. 

37% of respondents expressed feeling underqualified when applying for jobs, showcasing the prevailing emphasis on prior work experience. Additionally, a significant 28% of respondents believe that finding a good entry-level job without prior experience is nearly impossible. 

These findings highlight the discouragement faced by job seekers, further indicating systemic issues within the job market.

Hiring Based on Potential: A Progressive Approach

Karen Handley on jobseekers with a lack of experience

In response to the challenges outlined in the survey, Virgin Media O2 has taken a progressive stance by advocating for a shift in hiring practices. The company plans to break free from the traditional mould of prioritising experience over potential. 

Karen Handley, Head of Future Careers at Virgin Media O2, criticises the existing norm of overlooking talented individuals due to a “lack of experience,” deeming it an unjust creation of unnecessary barriers for those entering the job market. 

Virgin Media O2’s commitment to hiring based on potential, focusing on skills, strengths, and motivations, represents a refreshing departure from the status quo. To address the challenges of finding a job with no experience, Virgin Media O2 is leading by example. 

The company commits to creating around 200 apprenticeship, graduate, and intern positions in 2024. These positions can be applied without requiring CVs or prior work experience, reflecting a progressive approach. Overall, they show a stance in advocating for investing in entry-level training programs. 

And, a comprehensive training program not only reduces turnover but also nurtures a more productive workforce. Thus, ultimately contributing to the long-term success of both the individuals and the organisations they serve. 

Fostering a culture of growth and opportunity can start by breaking down the barriers of lack of experience. 

Lack of Experience: The Costly Dilemma for Job Seekers

The pervasive issue of lack of experience or no job experience creates a costly dilemma for job seekers, with organizations often hesitant to invest in entry-level training programs due to perceived costs. 

However, there is a counter to this perception, asserting that investing in such programs is a financially sound decision in the long run. 

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Turnover and talent can help understand the positive impact of training entry-level employees. Employee turnover, which can be costly for organisations, can decrease through well-structured training programs. 

The investment in training not only expands the skill set of entry-level employees but also fosters confidence and trust, leading to longer-term commitments.

The survey by Virgin Media O2 serves as a wake-up call for the job market, urging organisations to reassess their hiring practices and embrace a more inclusive approach that values potential over experience. 

By doing so, companies can contribute to the personal development of young professionals. Further, it is also creating a workforce that is not only skilful but also committed to long-term success. The future of employment lies in breaking down the barriers of lack of experience and fostering a culture of growth and opportunity.

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