- 82.8% of Generation Z workers are more careful about the pictures they post on social media in case they are found by an employer, compared to a national average of 70.9%
- Almost three quarters (74.6%) of Generation Z expect to be ‘Googled’ by a potential employer, compared with a national average of just 62.5%
- When asked if photos in recruitment would lead to discrimination, 20.1% of 16-24 year olds said ‘no’; higher than the national average of 18.1%
- As a result, Generation Z are most supportive of the use of pictures in recruitment, with 31.9% supporting the process (compared with 26.1% nationally)
Previous CV-Library reports have already predicted changes within the UK’s future workplaces, and this news is further proof that recruitment will continue to evolve for future generations; a process that’s already underway thanks to social media. While social media and an open identity may be the norm for Generation Z, it’s no surprise that older workers and recruiters tend to rebel against these changes. Highlighting a clear divide between older and younger generations, the research shows that older workers are less aware of the impact that an online persona can have in the business world:
- Only 41.8% of workers over 55 expect to be Googled by a prospective employer (vs. 74.6% of 16-24 year olds)
- While 82.8% of younger workers are cautious about what they post online, only 63% of older workers take similar measures
Commenting on the findings, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library says:
”As workers spend increasing amounts of time online both professionally and socially, it’s essential to recognise the importance of an online persona, and the influence it can hold. Workers from Generation Z have been born and bred into a culture of social media, so it’s unsurprising that they expect this to trickle through into every aspect of their lives, including the recruitment process.
“While older generations may have more difficulty embracing this trend, the working world is changing and we can already see how many industries require new recruits to have a strong online presence; for example copywriters with their own blog or designers with their own websites stand themselves in good stead, and simply reinforce the importance of an online identity.”
CV-Library has reigned as the nation’s largest CV database for the last four consecutive years and this looks set to continue. The number of British professionals registering with the job site has increased by 16.2% in the last year alone, making it the only UK job board to reach this significant milestone.
In addition, the job site reported a record breaking site visits, job applications and vacancies than ever before. Through continuing to break these records, and with almost over 200,000 new CVs being registered every month, CV-Library has solidified its position as the market leader.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:
“The company has always been driven by candidates, we strive to give job hunters the best possible experience and we invest heavily in attracting candidates to our site. In fact, the business has recently expanded by opening offices in London and Birmingham, with a Manchester office on the horizon, placing the CV-Library brand in front of some of the UK’s largest populations. This new milestone is a testament to the business’ core focus: creating a talent pool of the UK’s most qualified candidates.
“The investment the business makes in attracting candidates to our site can be seen in the expansion of the database, which ensures we constantly provide our clients with the latest talent; therefore enabling our clients to find the right candidates for their roles. As we continue to not only set, but break our own records, we anticipate that the growth of our database, and the company, will remain strong throughout 2016.”
CV-Library was founded by Biggins in 2000 as a response to his own frustrating job search experience, and has grown into the UK’s largest independently owned job board. For further information on CV-Library and to view its extensive database of 10 million job hunters, see www.cv-library.co.uk.