Revealed: The top jobs that received over 1,000 applications each last month 

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The media has been full of reports of companies that have been bombarded with job applications in recent months.

To assess which roles were leading the way as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic,  CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has looked into which jobs received the highest number of applications on its site last month. 

The job board received a record number of applications for July, as UK professionals seek new opportunities following redundancy, furlough, or a simple want for a career change. It can reveal that the following roles received the most applications in July 2020. 

  1. Trainee Paralegal, London – 4,228 applications 
  2. HR Assistant, London – 3,333 applications 
  3. Trainee Accountant, London – 3,272 applications 
  4. Warehouse Worker, Northumberland – 2,932 applications 
  5. Assembly Operative, Sunderland – 2,653 applications 
  6. Administrator, Coventry – 2,154 applications 
  7. Digital Marketing Assistant, London – 2,131 applications 
  8. Programme Manager, London – 1,742 applications 
  9. NHS 111 Call Handler, London – 1,656 applications 
  10. Recruitment Consultant, London – 1,627 applications 
  11. Sales Executive, Nationwide – 1,575 applications 
  12. Junior Graphic Designer, London – 1,564 applications 
  13. Night Hygiene Operative, Gateshead – 1,485 applications 
  14. Picker Packer, London – 1,451 applications 
  15. Food Operative, Gateshead – 1,338 applications 

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “On average, our clients’ jobs receive around 25 applications per vacancy, so these figures really are massive. The job market has done a complete 180, so while companies may have struggled to recruit before the pandemic, they’re now being bombarded with applications from professionals who are desperate for a new job. Of course, this is good news for companies that are recruiting, but it does mean you need a robust hiring process which enables you to easily monitor applications, screen applicants and make the right hires; quickly and effectively. 

The findings reveal that 146 jobs on the CV-Library website received between 500 and 3,000+ applications in July 2020. 44 of them received between 500 and 600 applications, 26 between 1,001 and 2,000 and 26 of them between 601 and 700 applications. 

Biggins continues: “Companies also need to remember that they’re dealing with humans. While it’s not feasible to give feedback to every single candidateacknowledging applications and sending polite rejection emails to people who aren’t successful will be appreciated. Hiring professionals have spent years perfecting their candidate engagement efforts; don’t let it all go to waste now.”