There is no denying that the pandemic has changed the labor market, as we knew it until now. This new landscape has brought an increase in job seekers, and therefore, an increase in the number of applications for vacant positions.
Given this situation, we have analyzed how candidates are behaving when applying for a job in Spain. Through a study of nearly 5,000 candidates, we have seen that 51.4% of people who actively seek employment several times a week opt for the use of a specialist consultant as a key piece to find a new position. Advice, knowledge of the market and the skills required for each sector, are some of the reasons that make this option the most demanded.
Another key fact is how often people apply for jobs. In this sense, 62% say they search for new offers every day, compared to 20.6% who do it several times a week.
But is it also important to look at the date of publication of the offers? For 95% it is. In fact, 33% consider that it is too late to apply for a position after the offer is active 20 days, and 22% say that after the first five days it is already late to submit an application.
And if we talk about the best time of day to apply to applications, 55% of candidates in Spain prefer to do it first thing in the morning. It is followed by those who are in the search and capture of their idea work at any time of the day and, finally, those who allocate the lunch hour to see the offers of the market.
Apply for any vacancies or only those that match the profile?
When applying for new offers, Spaniards usually focus on those that match their skills and experience. 32% of respondents commented that most of the time they adapt their CV to each request to increase the affinity of their profile with the required skills and have a greater chance of getting an interview.
In the same way, 51.3% say they use the cover letter next to the CV as an opportunity to explain their professional career, since it adds value to their application and increases the response rate.