- 25% admitted to submitting an application from an unlikely location
- 6% have applied for a job from the toilet
- 54% have sent off a job application whilst at work
Research from Johnston Press' jobs site, Jobstoday, reveals that 25% of people have submitted an application from an unlikely location, such as from the bath, during a wedding reception and even whilst at a house party.
Speaking to 2,145 people, the study found that 6% of people have sent off a job application from the toilet, and 5% did so whilst travelling (from a train, bus, car or plane). Other unconventional locations included restaurants, cinemas and, for some, whilst waiting for another job interview to start.
Somewhat surprisingly, over half (54%) of people had applied for another job whilst at work, with a daring 20% admitting to asking a work colleague for help on securing a job elsewhere.
This latest research highlights a wider trend for greater flexibility in the way that people find and secure new roles; largely down to the popularity of connected devices that are revolutionising the job seeking market, and recruiters that are finding new and innovative ways to meet job seekers. Capitalising on this trend, JobsToday launched its first Virtual Careers Fair of 2015 last week, an interactive online portal to connect job seekers with employers and opportunities.
The fair, which saw 50,000 visitors when it last ran in September 2014, is free, open to all and offers the opportunity for job seekers to find vacancies across an array of sectors. Open until the 30th January, it provides the same benefits as traditional careers fairs, giving applicants the chance to speak to employers on a one-on-one basis, from the comfort of their own living room.
Joe Slavin, managing director of Recruitment Advertising, Johnston Press, said: “Our research highlights a much more mobile and versatile job searching demographic. As a business, we’re continually adapting to ensure we are enabling the country’s workforce to find the right jobs for them. It’s clear that people are enjoying the freedom afforded by unparalleled levels of connectivity, and we wanted to go one step further with our Virtual Careers Fair. We’ve done this by creating a virtual event, allowing job seekers to get the information they need and interact with potential employers on one site.”