Don’t be a “job snob,” employment expert warns

Recruitment expert Claire Leigh today warned of the potential dangers of being a “job snob” as a report suggested some young job seekers were turning down so-called unsuitable roles. 

Despite falling employment in the general workforce, statistics show that another 15,000 people aged 16 to 24 became unemployed in June, bringing the total to 973,000.

The Recruitment Society says part of this is down to people being job snobs. “People think because they have a degree or a qualification they should not go for anything other than their line of expertise,” said a spokesman for the society.

Claire Leigh, Managing Director, of Brampton Recruitment, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, says there has been a general surge in job opportunities so far this summer.

“It is clear from talking to employers that a large gap in a job seeker’s CV is a major turn off,” said Claire. “Our advise is to be proactive and take a job, even if it is just for a couple of days a week .  There is a lot to be gained from simply experiencing a variety of working environments and being exposed to other people’s work routines.”

Claire also reported that around a fifth of temporary jobs lead to permanent employment.

“A temporary role is a great opportunity to showcase your talents. While you may originally see a role is a stop gap, you may fit in well and that will sometimes result in a company recognising your talents and offering a permanent opportunity,” said Claire.

She added: “All in all, the message is don’t be a job snob. There are more opportunities available now than there has been for some time and, while it is good to strive for that dream job, taking on other roles show you have a great work ethic and are willing to adapt.


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 Notes to editors:  

  • Brampton Recruitment is one of the area’s leading independent recruitment agencies and specialises in recruitment within the commercial sector in Staffordshire, the Midlands and across the North West.  
  • The team helps place individuals in temporary, contract and permanent positions with employers from major multi-national companies to small independent firms. 
  • Brampton was founded by Claire Thomas in 2006.


  • It is based at Queens Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.