Agency claims a surge in number of job seekers in Peterborough on “Massive Monday”

Nel Woolcott, recruitment partner for Anne Corder Recruitment Agency.

Nel Woolcott, recruitment partner for Anne Corder Recruitment Agency.

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A recruitment agency in Peterborough has been swamped by job applications as people start the New Year with a search for a new employer.

Anne Corder Recruitment Agency, of Lynch Wood, says that yesterday (Monday) it received five times the average number of CVs that it usually receives.

The first Monday of the year has been dubbed Massive Monday because of the huge number of people who start the new year by looking for a new job.

Nel Woolcott, recruitment partner, said: “This year looks like it will follow previous trends with day one of the new working year showing over 25 per cent increase in CVs received, surpassing the usual Massive Monday total.

“We’ve also noticed a marked increase in engagement with our talent scout on LinkedIn.

“In fact, CVs have been coming in thick and fast through all our channels, and the phones have been ringing off the hook with eager candidates looking to fulfil the desire for a new challenge for the New Year.”

She added: “With the high volume of CVs we receive at this time of year it’s important job seekers do all they can to stand out of the crowd.

“It’s fantastic to see lots of new talent looking for opportunities but it equally increases competition for jobs.

She said: “Our advice to candidates wanting to know the quickest way to get onto the system and ultimately to register, is to visit the website first and review all the opportunities there and decide if there are relevant roles to match personal skill sets.

“This can save them a lot of time and ensure they get straight to the right opportunity.

“With the high volume of CVs we receive at this time of year it’s important job seekers do all they can to stand out of the crowd.”

She said the agency’s advice to job seekers is:

Be selective about the jobs you apply for. Avoid sending your CV to every opportunity you see. Think about whether the job really is right for you and take more time applying to those that appeal to you most.

Tailor your CV to each job. Although you may feel in a rush to get your New Year job search started it’s important that you make your CV fit each role.

Don’t neglect the CV and cover letter basics. Take the time to proofread your application to ensure the recruiter gets a great first impression.

Keep track of what jobs you do apply for by creating a document that you can update as you go along. Track when you sent your application, a link to the job description and what CV you sent in for the role.

Avoid clichéd terms that recruiters will see time and time again. Use the precious space in your application to tell us more about the results you achieved for a project, evidence of your continued learning and what really drives you in your career.