Coronavirus: How can I find a new job?
It’s a tough time in the jobs market, as firms shed staff or freeze recruitment to cut costs.
But things are gradually improving. Early August saw the year’s biggest weekly increase in online job vacancies, while some firms such as Tesco are hiring after lockdown boosted their online business.
How do I start looking for a new job?
Knowing where to start may be quite daunting, especially if you have been out of the jobs market for a while.
To maximise your chances, one strategy is to create an appealing online profile so that recruiters and companies will approach you, while you also actively apply for jobs.
To do this, consider your core skills, rather than hunting for a specific job title. For example, if you work in retail customer service, this could translate to other people-facing roles such as sales, or a similar role in another sector.
Search for these core skills online, to see which jobs come up, while also listing them on your own professional profiles.
We as recruiters often search for people based on a list of desired skills rather than specific qualities, so this will make you more visible.
How can I find out which jobs are available?
While this will vary from sector to sector, you can check company websites and contact recruitment agencies. At Kingsgate Recruitment, we work with a variety of clients across a number of different sectors who are looking to recruit talented candidates like you. Get in touch with our team on 02085497212 or email email@example.com to register and find out more.
Professional networks can also be useful. These could be LinkedIn or Facebook groups, or industry and community organisations, where jobs and events are posted and advice is available.
How can I stand out from other applicants?
With thousands of people applying for some roles, ensure your personal network is fully up to date and representing you in the best possible way. When compiling your CV, emphasise the skills which a prospective employer may want, rather than listing things you have already done.
List past achievements clearly; for example, that you finished a recent project on time and within budget, or you brought your business new clients.
Asking someone else to read your application before sending, it helps spot any spelling or grammatical errors that could mean your CV goes straight in the bin.
Show enthusiasm and give reasons why you want to work in this role specifically.
Tailor your CV and cover letter for each application, which is time-consuming but more likely to result in a job.
Which sectors are hiring?
In August, the volume of online job adverts posted was at 62% of the 2019 average, up from 53% the week before, with several professions seeing continued or increased demand.
For example, health and social care vacancies are almost back to 2019 levels, data suggests, while the government is planning to fund thousands of nurse apprenticeships in England.
Job-seekers should be ”strategic” and target sectors experiencing job shortages as well as those that are growing. The shortage occupation list – used to offer work visas to people moving to the UK – quickly shows where workers are needed, and includes fields like engineering, web programming and graphic design.
Click here to read the fully blog on Industries most likely to see post-pandemic success
What help is out there?
The national careers service offers many tools. These include skills assessment, a search tool for courses, and help with CVs, job searching and your rights and benefits if you are on furlough or out of work. The government’s ”find a job” website also lists vacancies.
In the meantime, many universities and other institutions are currently offering free training courses.
For example, the University of York offers free short courses in fields such as cognitive psychology, the University of Oxford has a free course on economic development, and the Open University offers many free courses too.
Many other platforms offer free online coding tutorials.
Gaining new skills could help you move into a new sector and shows employers you’ve been productive during lockdown.
If you are considering your next move, get in touch with our team who are here to help.