Jobseeking: a small employer’s perspective

It’s been a manic week in the church office. On Tuesday afternoon I placed an advert on the Jobcentre website for our church administrator post. (Our present administrator Shirley is moving on to pastures anew at the end of the month.) Since then the phone has not stopped ringing, with 20-30 requests per day for application packs. If we carry on like this through to the deadline of 20 May we will have processed over 300 enquiries. For a small organisation like ours where there is rarely more than two people in the office, this represents a considerable workload.

Fortunately most enquirers have asked for application packs to be sent electronically by email. Posting out this many packs the old fashioned way would be expensive and time consuming. It will be interesting over the coming fortnight to see how many application forms are actually returned.

I am amazed by the response. Last time we advertised a post (for charity shop manager) we had fewer enquiries over the whole period than we have this time after three days. But on reflection, this is not so surprising. Job seekers are under great pressure to apply for jobs; if they want to keep receiving benefits they are required to keep a record demonstrating that they have applied for a certain number of jobs each week. As our previous post had the word ‘manager’ in the title this probably limited its appeal for relatively unqualified or inexperienced job seekers. This time we are getting applications from a much wider range of candidates, encouraged by their advisors at the Jobcentres. How many of these are serious enquiries, we will find out in due course. However, I have to say that considering  ‘good communicator’ is one of the essential qualities we are asking of our administrator, some of the phone conversations have not been particularly encouraging. And I had one enquiry through Gumtree that was so badly spelt and punctuated that I’m tempted to reply and say ‘no thanks’.

Oh by the way, if you’re reading this and you’re interested, leave a reply, and I’ll send you a pack…

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About Holloway Rev

Paul Weary is a Methodist minister living and working in Holloway, North London.
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2 Responses to Jobseeking: a small employer’s perspective

  1. Pingback: Too much of a good thing | hollowayrev

  2. Lucy says:

    Hello there,
    I too have come across your advert and after reading (and laughing) this blog I realise that the job role would be more interesting than first thought and I’m definitely more interested. I would appreciate it if you could send me an application pack – by email if its more convenient. I do consider myself to be friendly, hardworking and a ‘good communicator’- I hope so anyway or my degree in communications was a wrong choice 🙂

    Thanks in Advance,

    Lucy

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