The causes of work-related stress are many and varied, but a fresh one has just emerged in a new study which reveals that the overwhelming majority (94.1%) of people working in marketing admit that constantly looking for a new job is driving them crazy.
The research, carried out by independent job site CV-Library, also found that 76.5% of professionals in the industry believe that job hunting stress is a real problem facing today’s workforce.
The study of 1,200 workers sought to discover the impact that job hunting has on today’s professionals and what it is that they find most challenging. Participants in the marketing sector were asked to share the aspects of looking for a job that cause them to feel most stressed. Respondents cited the following:
– Tailoring my CV and cover letter for each application – 68.8%
– Being rejected for roles that I’ve applied for – 62.5%
– Finding a role that matches my needs – 50%
– Having to take time out of work to attend interviews – 37.5%
– Dealing with recruiters – 31.3%
Marketing professionals reveal the areas of job hunting that often leave them feeling disheartened. Being turned down for a role they really want (35.3%), not hearing anything back from an application (23.5%) and not having the required experience or qualifications for the role (17.6%), were the top reasons professionals in the industry were feeling discouraged during their search.
CV-Library founder and managing director Lee Biggins said: “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 professionals in the marketing sector can become extremely disheartened when the job search becomes overwhelming. Looking for a new job is an exciting time, but the strain of the search is detracting from this experience.
“If you’re looking for a new job, be sure to start your search with a positive and open mind. The road to your dream job can be a long one, but it’s worth putting the time in. Though there are times it can feel like a tedious process, putting in the effort early on to perfect your CV, cover letter etc. really can help to reduce job search stress further down the line.”
In a bid to find a solution to their anguish, marketing professionals were asked what they think can be done to combat job hunting stress. Two key measures were identified. Over a third (38.5%) of workers agreed recruiters should always offer feedback and a further 30.8% believe that candidates should always be sent an acknowledgment email, even if their application isn’t successful.
Biggins concluded: “It’s clear from the data that job hunters in the marketing sector are becoming increasingly put out by not hearing back from their applications. If you haven’t had any feedback, don’t be afraid to send recruiters a follow up email, or better yet, give them a call. Asking for feedback is a great way to improve your techniques next time round.”
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