New research from CV-Library has uncovered the jobs that received more than 1,000 applications each on its site last month, proving the heightened level of competition in the UK jobs market.

Trainee paralegal (4,228 applications), HR assistant (3,333 applications) and trainee accountant (3,272 applications) were among the top three roles that garnered the highest level of interest from candidates in July 2020.

Warehouse worker, administrator and digital marketing assistant also received a wealth of applications last month too.

This news comes as many Brits look for new roles following furlough, redundancy or simply because they want a career change.

Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library said that, on average, job postings on its site receive circa 25 applications per job, “So these figures 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,” Biggins added.

Elsewhere, CV-Library’s research found that most job roles that received more than one thousand applicants were based in London.

Roles based in Northumberland, Sunderland, Coventry, Gateshead, as well as nationwide jobs, also made the rankings.

Last month, a Manchester restaurant hit headlines after it received almost 1,000 applications for a receptionist role within 24 hours of it being posted.

When the restaurant 20 Stories posted the vacancy online, it only expected to receive circa 30 applicants and was therefore shocked to see such enormous interest, according to the Guardian.

Recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that around 730,000 Brits have lost their jobs in the UK since lockdown measures were imposed in March, with redundancies announced almost daily over the summer months.

With separate research from the CIPD finding that one-third of UK-based employers are expected to shed staff by October, it seems that the worst cuts are yet to come.

While it’s not possible for HR professionals and recruiters to provide unique feedback to every single candidate, Biggins urged employers to ‘remember they are dealing with humans.

“Acknowledging 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,” Biggins added.

The top 15 jobs that received more than 1,000 applications each in July 2020

Trainee Paralegal in London

Number of Applications


HR Assistant in London

Number of Applications


Trainee Accountant in London

Number of Applications


Warehouse Worker in Northumberland

Number of Applications


Assembly Operative in Sunderland

Number of Applications


Administrator in Coventry

Number of Applications


Digital Marketing Assistant in London

Number of Applications


Programme Manager in London

Number of Applications


NHS 111 Call Handler in London

Number of Applications


Recruitment Consultant in London

Number of Applications


Sales Executive in Nationwide

Number of Applications


Junior Graphic Designer in London

Number of Applications


Night Hygiene Operative in Gateshead

Number of Applications


Picker Packer in London

Number of Applications


Food Operative in Gateshead

Number of Applications


The findings unearthed that 146 jobs posted on the job site received between 500 and more than 3,000 applications last month. 44 of the jobs attracted between 500 and 600 applications.

Prosper spoke to Nella Share, from Black Country based, MET Recruitment for her views on the current job market.

“COVID-19 has re-shaped the job market as we knew it,” Nella said, “We are now in a hirer lead market as oppose to a candidate lead market. This means applications for roles are entering double figures within the first few hours of advertising. So, it is more important than ever to stand out and get noticed. 

“If you are like most people, you probably don’t relish the idea of writing about yourself, your skills, and career achievements.


“The guide below is a great way to start and provides some really useful insights, candidates need to look at the best way of breaking down their CV into manageable sections, advising on layout and encouraging them to think about each part slightly differently, in today’s job market you need the right tools to stand out. 

“So, if you’re out of work or just thinking about a change of direction and the dreaded time has arrived to write or update your CV, take a look at our top tips.”

1. The one-page mindset 

First and foremost, adopt a one-page mindset. Your CV could be four pages long, but if a hiring manager only reads the first page, what impression of you will they have? That first page is the prime real estate. Make it count. In this instance, shorter is definitely better. 

2. Influence from the very beginning

Including a title under your name like Marketing Leader, Senior Digital Transformation Professional or Communications Specialist immediately influences a hiring manager. It's a very simple win but an important start. If the first time you write what you do comes halfway down the first page, then it might just be a little too late.

3. A powerful opening summary 

Don’t let this be the place where you just reel off your experience and a never-ending list of skills and attributes. This doesn’t differentiate you. Think about your softer skills too. What makes you a great team player, the working environments that leave you feeling engaged and energised, etc.

Particularly with senior hires where you’re influencing several people, hiring managers will want to know more about your workplace attitude, what motivates you and how you deliver, over a list of skills they probably expect from you already. 


4. Key career achievements 

A critical section allowing you to share some of the biggest achievements in your career to date.

Called the WOW moments. Some will break their role down into 5 key areas (strategy, people management, leadership etc.) and share an achievement against each one, whereas others will just go for the best of the best regardless.


There is no right or wrong. Just think about the challenge you were faced with, the solution you put in place and the outcome. Outcomes are key!

5. Career history

Keep this simple. You do not know who is reading your CV at the other end. You should be able to clearly follow titles and the organisations that you’ve worked with on one side of the page, and a timeline down the other side.

Next up, make sure you deliver a one-liner explaining who your company is and what they do. Whilst you might know and love your company, not everyone else does, yet.

Now onto what you’ve achieved. Whilst sharing all the responsibilities you’ve been delivering on is important, these become less important when you start to take on more responsibility. The focus then shifts to what you’ve achieved. You need to focus on tangible outcomes here.


These examples, where you’ve had great success with your delivery, fill a potential employer with the confidence that you are the right person for the role and that you're worth the investment.

6. Core competencies, professional development & education

Core competency examples might start with analytical thinking, client service, creative thinking, decision making, stakeholder management, leadership, etc.


Continual professional development can be included as part of your education section and an example of this would be attending and completing the Google Squared Online course for digital marketing.


And education, that’s wherever you’ve had the opportunity to study prior to and during your career. This section is typically defined by schools and universities. 


7. And finally, your interests

Sharing what you like to do outside of the workplace is the ultimate icebreaker and an easy opportunity to drum up some often much-needed rapport at the start of an interview. It also acts as an early indicator for the hiring manager on cultural fit.


Communication, business management and problem-solving were identified as some of the most sought-after skills during the pandemic, new data from LinkedIn has found this month.

According to the professional networking platform, data science, leadership and employee learning and development were also highlighted as some of the most in-demand skills during July 2020, based on the skills required in job postings.

This news comes after research from LinkedIn analysed the roles most in-demand by UK employers today as organisations continue to adapt to working amid the pandemic.

Many of the roles, including personal shopper, customer service assistant and retail assistant, require strong communication and problem-solving skills due to their customer-facing nature.

It seems that the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of soft skills as they allow employees to succeed in their role and add value to companies. 

LinkedIn’s data on the most in-demand jobs looked at the roles which had seen the highest percentage of growth between June and July 2020, and pointed towards the areas where demand is growing quickest and the opportunities are more readily available for jobseekers.

Janine Chamberlin, Director at LinkedIn, said that the coronavirus crisis is continuing to impact consumer demand which is creating new job opportunities for candidates.

“In certain sectors, we’ve seen a surge in demand over the last month from companies looking to bolster customer service and support capabilities, with supermarkets, convenience stores and retailers in particular looking for personal shoppers and customer service assistants. 

“Companies are looking at how they can deliver a superior experience during these unusual times to meet evolving customer expectations and continue earning customer trust. Strong communication and problem-solving skills are integral to these roles,” Chamberlin added.

Below is a list of the top ten most in-demand jobs in the UK, with details on the month-to-month percentage growth, as well as the availability of jobs on the site:

Roles available on LinkedIn: 300+

Job Title: Personal Shopper

Month on Month Growth: More than 10x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 1,700+

Job Title: Customer Service Assistant

Month on Month Growth: More than 10x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 700+

Job Title: Pharmacy Manager

Month on Month Growth: More than 10x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 10,000+

Job Title: Delivery Driver

Month on Month Growth: More than 10x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 3,300+

Job Title: Retail Assistant

Month on Month Growth: 6.7x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 2,000+

Job Title: Business Development Specialist

Month on Month Growth: 2.5x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 3,000+

Job Title: Customer Store Advisor

Month on Month Growth: 2.3x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 2,500+

Job Title: Store Manager

Month on Month Growth: 1.8x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 5,000+

Job Title: Sales Executive

Month on Month Growth: 1.8x

Roles available on LinkedIn: 500+

Job Title: Customer Success Manager

Month on Month Growth: 1.6x

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