Australian SMEs are struggling under the weight of inadequate applications from jobseekers, taking time away from their capacity to focus on growing their business.
A small sample poll of 126 business owners and operators on the My Business site found that it is not one but a range of failures among job candidates which are testing the patience and resources of SMEs.
If representative of the wider SME community, it demonstrates a clear disconnect between what employers need and the ways jobseekers are approaching businesses.
When asked the question: “What is your biggest headache when hiring new employees?”, 40 per cent replied “all of the above” to the six options presented.
The biggest individual response, however, was to unqualified or unsuitably skilled candidates applying for positions, a common problem for one in four (24.8 per cent) of the respondents.
This was followed by generic applications that do not answer the selection criteria (12.8 per cent) and exaggeration of past performance (10.4 per cent).
Interestingly, a poll by YouGov suggested that close to one in five workers (18 per cent) in the Asia-Pacific region admitted to lying on their CV, with experience the most lied about component (44 per cent).
Another common factor people admitted lying about was their age, suggesting that employer discrimination – whether real or perceived – is also creating distrust between employers and jobseekers.
Rounding out the employer headaches, unprofessional social media profiles, candidates not bothering to show up for scheduled interviews and poorly written applications were equally a problem for 3.2 per cent of businesses.
A further 2.4 per cent said other concerns than those already listed were their primary concern, although the poll did not allow for detailed responses to explore exactly what these other issues were.
My Business has previously seen fiery debate about university graduates in particular, with many employers saying that modern graduates are coming out with large student debts but a lack of job-ready skills.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.
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