Getting a job is difficult enough; the least we can do is make the application process easier. This is why I have started a parliamentary petition to introduce a national standardised job application format.
In the current financial climate it is incredibly difficult to find employment, especially full-time and in an industry of choice. Evenings, weekends, and any moment of spare time are sacrificed to scrolling indeed, lurking LinkedIn and sending countless emails all to find suitable employment. Hours upon hours lost to copy and paste, and amending applications to fit different formats and systems. A national standardised job application format would make applying for jobs far easier and quicker, freeing time for those who need it most.
This is an issue that affects all job seekers. But the implications for our generation are much greater. Research conducted by The House of Commons Library shows “109,000 people aged 16-24 had been unemployed for over 12 months in February-April 2021, which was 21% of unemployed 16-24 year olds. This was an increase of 11,000 from the previous quarter. 27% of all people who had been unemployed for over 12 months were 16-24 year olds.”
A standard format would also help career advisers provide greater assistance as they would be able to focus more on individuals experience, skills, and abilities. This would allow people to find fulfilling and sustainable employment earlier.
It is a simple suggestion, but one that could save job seekers a considerable amount of time, and help so many young people and graduates find suitable employment so much quicker. If you support an introduction of a national standardised job application process, please sign the following petition.