The last few years have been quite exciting for the recruitment sector. The way that employers scout for their workforce has changed dramatically due to advances in technology and the rise of social media. With more vacancies posted and filled online, major companies are looking towards technology for help with faster recruitment. As if it wasn’t tough enough to get a recruiter’s attention, now it might not even be a person that looks at your application, but a computer instead.
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Christmas is that wonderful time of year where everything seems to be put on hold for a few days. Family get together and the Christmas spirit begins to flow. Many therefore think that this calls for a complete pause on job hunting and a time to relax.
In our current economic climate, getting your foot on the employment ladder is no easy task. But what if something as fundamental like the colour of your skin or the background of your name puts you at a huge disadvantage? In our most recent poll, 48% of you believed that the colour of your skin still affects the chances of gaining employment and 32% of you are simply not sure. It would seem that racism is still a current issue within our society, particularly in the work place.
The papers this week have been crammed packed full of stories about the government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme failing to hit its main target. With Official figures being released that only 3.53% of people found a job for six months or more, many fear that the scheme is a total failure.
Back in July, Channel 4 carried a report on A4e's performance on the Work Programme.
It claimed to have received inside information that showed A4e was supporting only 3.5% of its clients in to long-term work, well below its 5.5% target.
UnemployedNet runs a media campaign to try to improve the coverage of unemployment and benefits issues, particularly in our national newspapers. As part of this campaign we have gathered together news stories from all tabloid newspapers to show how widespread and damaging the negative characterisation of benefit claimants is.