The disparity between the expectations of employers and young jobseekers is impeding graduate recruitment, says The Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD).

The CIPD’s new report, ‘Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus’, singled out several barriers to filling graduate jobs. The biggest criticism was saved for the ‘vicious cycle’ of graduate employers asking for workplace experience for entry level roles.

Young people become increasingly disheartened by the lack of application acknowledgement or feedback. On the other hand, the report notes that some employers were overwhelmed by the ‘scattergun’ approach, whereby young people neglect to research or tailor their applications.

Candidates were often confounded by the lengthy recruitment process administered by graduate employers, for which they had little knowledge of the stages involved.

The CIPD also warned that many young people were not getting the best careers advice while still in education, leaving them ill-prepared for the transition into the world of work.

Peter Cheese, the CIPD’s chief executive, said: ‘Too many young people are struggling to find their first job, whereas many employers are finding it difficult to get the skills they need. This mismatch needs to be addressed, not only to reduce youth unemployment and the long-term impact it can have on young people, but also to ensure UK businesses are equipped with the right talent for the future.’

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