Like most angst-ridden graduates with little to no prospects and no real idea of what they wanted to do in life, I went travelling for the best part of a year after uni, only to return and be unemployed for six months. Luckily, it all worked out in the end, but during that period I was utterly depressed, and know as well as anyone the total despair that comes with applying for jobs and getting nowhere.
Of course now things are 10x worse than I ever experienced, with the pandemic causing near unprecedented levels of job losses across the country, evidenced by the fact that almost 500 people applied for just two jobs at a London pub over the weekend.
Mick Dore, general manager of the Alexandra pub in Wimbledon, was completely gobsmacked by the response to his job listings, which he would normally expect to attract around a dozen applications.
He said that 484 people sent in CVs for two £9-an-hour jobs at the pub, which reopened on Monday, with everyone from former air stewardesses and restaurant managers applying.
He wrote on Twitter: “‘I don’t want to alarm anyone about the economy or anything, but I advertised two bar jobs at 4.30 on Thursday. We’ve had well over 400 applicants. Gulp.”
Replying to his tweet, one man wrote: ‘Recruitment is ridiculous at the moment.
‘We recently had around 300 applicants for a basic admin role we’d normally get 15 or 20 applications for. And a month after the closing date we’re still receiving CVs in response to it.’
It comes after research showed job listings plummeting in July compared to last year, with Office for National Statistics figures showing 74,000 more people left employment in June, with 649,000 fewer people in work since lockdown began in March.
Rob Fisher, who runs the Fitzrovia Belle Pub and Hotel in central London, also received more than 400 applicants for just a few roles.
He told The Times: “The quality of people looking for work right now is as good as it ever has been. Unfortunately it’s because of the situation people have found themselves in.”
Internet searches for “supermarket” roles have gone up by 589 per cent compared with this time last year according to job website Indeed. Maintenance job searches increased by 440 per cent, with searches for forklift operator jobs also up 239 per cent. Bartending, digital marketing and research jobs were the most popular job searches for people in their late teens and early 20s.
Additionally, job postings on the site are 59 percent down.
My heart really does go out to those who find themselves out of work.
I know the impact that unemployment can have on one’s mental health, so if you’re feeling down, reach out to someone. And try to remember that it won’t be like this forever – there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you’ll find something sooner rather than later.
Stay safe out there, people.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.