FEB 2017



Have you ever wondered how many applications each advertised job receives on the internet? Well, I did. So, I decided to do some research and after some consideration felt that my conclusions could be useful to some members of the public.

Some thoughts and observations.

The unemployed are not the only ones applying for work. So are local students, working holiday travelers, overseas students, skilled workers, workers in part-time or full-time work looking for more money or a better job, and those not collecting benefits because their partner earns enough for the both of them. As you can see that’s a long list, leading one to conclude that getting a job is extremely competitive.

For the long-term unemployed, the situation is horrendous. Generally, employers want people who have not been out of work for more than several weeks, as they are more job ready. Or, put another way, the longer you have been out of work, the harder it is to get a job. This is the conclusion that I reached when I worked as an employment consultant for six and a half years.

All the above doesn’t mean a person should give up looking for work, or that getting a job is impossible. What I want to say is, if you can’t find work then don’t be hard on yourself. Remember, depression, anxiety, and stress can make you sick, or worse still, contribute to your untimely demise. After all, it is the government’s responsibility to create the right conditions in the economy that will lead to greater jobs.

I invite the reader who is skeptical about the conclusion reached below, to ask any employer or employment consultant how many applications on average they receive for their advertised positions. It’s as simple as phoning or emailing as many consultants as you like. They may or may not tell you. If they do, respect their confidentiality and privacy.