The UK is growing in confidence when it comes to finding and keeping work, according to new figures from the National Careers Service (NCS).
In its latest Job Confidence Index, the organisation found that overall, sentiment has improved in the UK. The index score edged upwards by 1.7 points from 51.8 to 53.5 out of 100, indicating that workers are becoming more optimistic about their chances of holding onto existing roles and finding new opportunities.
Just over three-quarters of the nation’s workforce became more “job confident”, or retained the same level of confidence in their job and chances of finding work elsewhere, over the past three months.
Indeed, more than six out of ten employed people believe that if the worst should happen and they were made redundant, they would be able to find a job in under six months. Two out of five even said they would need half this time.
To capitalise on this improving outlook, more jobseekers are taking proactive measures to boost their own chances of success. The proportion of unemployed people applying for work experience has doubled from 12 to 24 per cent, while those attending training to boost their prospects have increased by five percentage points to 33 per cent.
An even higher proportion had updated their CVs in the past three months to better reflect their skills and achievements. However, this figure was actually lower than in the previous index, slipping from 83 to 79 per cent.
Failing to keep CVs up to date can have serious consequences for jobseekers: eight out of ten NCS advisers said that sending a generic CV out to different employers was the most common mistake they saw. Two-thirds also said it was the most likely reason for candidates not being put forward for interviews.
Regularly updated CVs have several advantages in that they can be tailored towards the specific requirements of individual jobs, demonstrating exactly how the candidate’s skills and experience would make them effective in the role for which they are applying.