Six tips to help you be the best in a changing job market
The Bank of England has warned that due to COVID-19, the British economy could shrink by 14% this year and unemployment more than double by spring. Statistics such as these are bound to cause doubt and fear for those who are in search of work or looking to take the next step in their career.
However, organisations and employers alike are reacting to these unprecedented times in the most amazing ways and are looking to take advantage of new opportunities that arise. Employers are working together to tackle the issues that are facing the market, and we have the effective use of technology means that we can move forward and rebuild our economies.
Put your best foot forward and be the best in the market with our 6 tips for job success:
- Optimise your home workspace
The world has adapted to these extraordinary times, with remote working becoming the new norm. With ever changing guidelines, it is hard to predict what ‘business as usual’ will look like, but it is expected that home working will remain in place for many businesses throughout 2020, with a gradual transition back into the workplace. For some workplaces, flexible working practices like working from home will become a permanent fixture for employees, either full-time or on part-time basis. Create a dedicated space to allow you to do your best work. Try to create an area free from clutter and distractions, with good internet connection and natural light. Decorate your home work station just as you would your office space, with your stationery, calendar and any personal items you’d usually have at work.
Now is the perfect time to upskill yourself in any areas where you might be lacking. Speak to friends, family and colleagues to identify your development areas, and compare your current skillset against the requirements of the role you’re working towards to pick out any key skills you could improve on. Online courses are widely available in almost every area imaginable, and many companies are now offering discounted and even free courses to help candidates upskill. General Assembly is offering Free Friday upskill training sessions, available at: https://generalassemb.ly/blog/free-fridays/
- Know your industry
With a candidate heavy market, it is so important to really know the industry that you are applying for. Be prepared and set yourself targets for research you want to complete each week. When actively looking for a role, try to read at least one relevant article on your specific industry each day. Try to maintain your knowledge of the common big competitors, areas of growth and decline, so you can you demonstrate exactly what you can bring to an organisation at the interview.
Get to know peers in your industry; you never know who you might meet. LinkedIn has become a hub for connecting with industry peers and networks. It is important to stay active, even if you secure a role. Out of the 675 million active users on LinkedIn, 40 million are in decision making roles, which means one in every fifteen connections you make could be in a hiring position.
In this period of unprecedented change, employers need candidates who are adaptable problem solvers. With so many areas of change within for companies in almost every sector, it is important and valued to have talented employees with a solutions-focused mindset and a willingness to embrace change.
- Be open to new job opportunities
As organisations change their hiring solutions, candidates also need to change their way of working. It is important to be open to all options in the market; many companies are hiring talent on temporary assignments for example. If you have never tried working on short assignments, there are many positives such as upskilling on the job and trying out new industries or skill sets, and many organisations will offer extensions or permanent positions at the end of a temporary assignment. Try to remain open to all opportunities that come your way.
Now you are armed with six simple solutions to job hunting during these uncertain times, why not: