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Majority of UK Workers Apply for Job Roles they Aren’t Qualified for, Research Finds


Over 60% of UK workers have applied for jobs that they aren’t qualified for, according to new research from Course Library, an innovative training platform recently launched in partnership between leading independent job site, CV-Library, and UK edtech firm, e-Careers Limited.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 64 about the relationship between professional development and employability, also revealed that of those who admitted to applying for roles they weren’t qualified for, over two thirds then failed to secure that same job.

Millennial workers were in fact the most likely to apply for a job that they weren’t qualified for [77%], with 55-64 year olds being the most likely to be rejected on application if their skillset didn’t fit the bill [83%].

Encouragingly, the survey has also highlighted that UK workers want to improve their employability, with an impressive 85% of all participants advising that they would invest in additional training to boost their CV and career opportunities, which included a near even split between men [75%] and women [79%].

Of all age groups surveyed, 25-34 year olds were the most likely to invest in additional training [83%], with online courses perceived as the most popular training route for career development across all age groups [82%].

Jazz Gandhum, Managing Director of e-Careers and Founder of Course Library, said:

“In a constantly evolving world, climbing the career ladder or securing your dream job has become more competitive than ever, particularly when we consider how the digital landscape and technological advances have transformed our day-to-day job roles.”

“Course Library is the culmination of a strategic partnership between e-Careers and CV-Library that combines our 20+ years of expertise to connect premium training providers with job seekers through an easy to use digital interface; thus, enabling individuals to invest in themselves and future career opportunities – which, according to our latest research, is in high demand.”

Managing Director of CV-Library and co-founder of Course Library, Lee Biggins, added:

“It’s clear from our findings that experience can only take candidates so far in their job hunt. Developing your skillsets in order to further yourself in your career is now more important than ever before and it’s important that any individual looking for work in 2017 considers ways in which they can boost their CV and ultimately, their chances of getting themselves the job.

“Our new partnership with e-Careers will help us to support candidates in this area, enabling us to deliver great training to candidates during their search and improving personal development within their careers.”

Launched in December 2016, Course Library features a number of the UK’s leading Training Providers, which deliver over 600 online courses from across a range of industry sectors.


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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