Employers Cite Inability to Articulate Skills as One among the Reasons to Reject Young Talent

October 9, 20158:29 am444 views
Employers Cite Inability to Articulate Skills as One among the Reasons to Reject Young Talent
Two thirds of young candidates rejected (PRNewsFoto/YouthNet)

Many employers reject many (18-24 year old) youth during job selection because of misplaced confidence in their ability to communicate with potential employers – according to a poll commissioned by the digital youth charity YouthNet.

According to the online poll, almost two-thirds (64%) of unemployed young people feel confident in their abilities to express their skills when applying for a job.  However, this is at stark odds with what senior decision makers (including board level executives, chief execs, managing directors) from businesses say – with over two-thirds (66%) rejecting candidates because they are unable to articulate their skills.

The poll is released as YouthNet launches Define Me – a free online tool, developed with the support of UBS, that helps young people identify the job-relevant skills they’ve gained and find the right words to talk about them to potential employees. Once their everyday life experiences are translated, they can then be imported into applications or used in interviews.

Key findings from the survey are:

  • 60% of unemployed 18-24 year olds think that in addition to school / university achievements and industry-specific work experience, voluntary work is considered valuable by employers for candidates to have.
  • The majority (55%) of senior decision makers think that work experience unrelated to the business is valuable for candidates to have as well as education achievements and industry-specific work experience.
  • 80% of unemployed young people would go online (68%) or use social media (12%) to support them with their job application or interview.

See: Why Do Employers Miss Out on Recruiting Brightest Talent?

Further findings reveal that almost half of employers feel young applicants don’t understand what skills are required for them to be successful candidates, with only 5% of businesses feeling young candidates understand very well what skills are required.

This is in conflict with how unemployed young people feel they are doing – with the majority (62%) believing they do usually understand what an employer is looking for. These findings show that many young people undervalue the skills they have and struggle to articulate them to potential employers.

Nick Wright, Managing Director, Global & EMEA Community Affairs from UBS says, “Sadly these findings are not a surprise. A consensus is growing rapidly around the reasons why so many talented young people cannot convince employers to take them on. It is crucial that employers get involved and, alongside government and schools, help young people to develop, recognise and describe the skills they have and which employers need.”

Also read: Top 6 Tips to Attract Talent across all Generations of Workforce

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