A recent investigation has revealed that unclear job descriptions are a ‘major barrier’ for young people, ultimately preventing them from moving forward in their careers.
Young job seekers are now finding it tougher than ever to break into the workforce according to the study carried out by the Business in the Community and the City & Guilds Group. Why? Because the job descriptions they’re reading fail to make any sense.
Over the past 12 months, Business in the Community has worked to gather information from young people aged between 16 and 24 to determine how accessible entry level job adverts appear to those they attract. In total, over 65 companies were studied, and the results found that the high volume of business jargon featured in their job ads was incredibly discouraging for young jobseekers.
These confusing job descriptions often leave jobseekers puzzled as to what the job role in question requires from the sought-after candidate, and even raises uncertainty regarding the general everyday responsibilities of the position. In fact, the study found that two thirds (66%) of the young people who assessed the company vacancies had no idea what the role they would be applying for actually involved.
In addition to this, it was also revealed that a further third of the job descriptions assessed featured off-putting technical language, acronyms and business-speak.
According to the study, some of the most confusing terms used by recruiters in job adverts aimed at young people include ‘procurement’, ‘SLAs’, ‘mergers and acquisitions’ and ‘KPIs’.
Employment rates in the UK are now starting to improve, however, the number of youths who remain unemployed is still incredibly concerning. A staggering 11.3% of young people are now unemployed, compared to the 4.8% figure of the general population.
Following on from the study, Business in the Community has made it clear that unclear jargon is ultimately preventing young people from getting into work, meanwhile businesses are also failing to unearth potential young talent.
In a bid to put a stop to this issue, Ricoh has vowed to remove all business language and unclear jargon from their entry level job ads. Director of People and Corporate Responsibility at Ricoh UK said: ‘Adopting a clear and jargon-friendly tone is imperative for attracting next generation talent, today. Responsible employers should ensure that young people applying for jobs – especially their first – have all the information needed to make an informed and educated decision on their career move.’
We think it’s great that Ricoh is taking the results of this study into consideration. Unemployment amongst young people in the UK remains a huge issue, but hopefully these changes will help break down the barriers preventing jobseekers from moving on in their careers.
The Printerbase Team