Jobseekers willing to go extra mile

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job centreJobseekers are willing to travel over 70 miles to attend an interview, but some will go even further in their search for work, a new study has revealed.

A survey by jobs website totaljobs.com also showed that people were spending longer preparing for an interview than in previous years, with some putting in five hours research.


The poll of over 8,000 people found they would travel an average of 72 miles for a job interview, even if it was well outside their home town or region.

A handful of those questioned said they had made an 800-mile trip to try to get work, while jobseekers were spending an average of £32 on travel and clothes for an interview.

John Salt, website director of totaljobs.com said: "Despite the fact that the UK jobs market has grown in recent years, it is still a competitive market. These statistics show that jobseekers are increasingly aware of the commitment they need to make in order to find employment.

"This is no longer a time where people can expect to walk into a job, or be able to 'wing' the interview. People are willing to travel a long distance from their homes, and an increasing number are willing to put in over five hours work, in order to better their chances."

Mr Salt urged employers to give candidates feedback because of the time and effort they made in attending interviews.

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