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'The worst year to graduate' – how Covid-19 impacted the Job Hunting in the UK?

It is predicted that 2.6 million Brits could be unemployed by the middle of 2021 and only 18% of graduates are currently securing employment. It would be an understatement to say now is not the easiest of times to gain employment. However, as the saying goes: ‘when the going gets tough; the tough get going’.

2020 – ‘The Worst Year to Graduate’

With redundancies at a record high – 181,000 redundancies from July to September – it is no surprise that employment is hard to come by. The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus has prompted organisations to scale back in an effort to stay afloat. The practical impact of this is clear as in May 2020 there were 77% less graduate jobs advertised than during the pre-Covid times.

Furlough, the scheme whereby employees are paid to not work as long as their role is difficult or impossible to carry out, has helped with job security. However, this does little for those who are looking to enter the world of work afresh, particularly graduates.

Inevitably, with fewer jobs and an ever-increasing number of graduates, competition for that all-important graduate role is fiercer than ever. Each graduate position is estimated to receive around 100 applications, making the odds literally 1 in 100!

The death of the Hospitality industry

Retail, hospitality and aviation are amongst the hardest hit industries in the UK. Again, it is young people who are thought to be bearing the brunt of the employment crisis as they make up a significant portion of the hospitality and retail workforce. On the other hand, technology, E-commerce and pharmaceuticals are predictably on the rise. Amazon advertised for 15,000 new roles in the midst of the pandemic. With a vaccine announced and restrictions being relaxed it is possible that your dream job may once again become a viable option. However, in the meanwhile apply to the thriving industries to improve your chances of gaining employment. You will still develop valuable skills and may even stumble upon an environment you enjoy more.  

3 R's to stand out to Employers

RETHINK – Some of the industries have been hit harder than others by the pandemic. Therefore, target your applications to those industries which are less afflicted by the Covid-19, or are anticipating for things to pick up shortly and thus will need fresh talent.

REFLECT
– Your skills are transferrable. Whether it is communication, leadership or organisation, you have skills which are being sought within the job market and not necessarily in the kind of roles you imagine. Don’t be afraid to explain why your background in customer service has given you significant insight into the customer perspective, such that you would make an excellent brand marketer. Think outside of the box.

RESILIENCE
– The harder you try the luckier you get. Entire industries are suffering right now, rules regarding social distancing or localised lockdowns are constantly evolving. However, due to the innovation and determination of the business-leaders, companies have managed to tread water and even thrive. So, when such a company meets a candidate who has done everything conceivable and beyond to make themselves as employable as possible, that show of resilience may end up being the most attractive quality the employer sees.

3 P's to show you're ready for Remote Working

With nearly a quarter of the UK population working from home, there is a good chance that new employees will begin their new roles from the comfort of their own house. Demonstrating the ability to work productively from home is therefore a crucial checkbox to get ticked off on the employer’s board.

PROFESSIONALISM
 – Don’t let your familiar surroundings change your mindset. Dress and speak in a professional manner at interviews. This will not only tell the employer you are serious, but also that you know how to act in a virtual environment.

PROACTIVE
– Working from home can hinder productivity. Often physically being around a team will allow you to pick up additional work. In the online work ecosystem, ensure that you are keeping your superiors updated as to your availability as well as networking with colleagues.

PRACTISE
– Using software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Slack can be intimidating, but you can test them out yourself and build your confidence. As a plus you can then state that you are able to utilise these programmes in your job applications.

Summary

Covid-19 has meant there are less jobs, but some industries have thrived during the pandemic. Target these industries for better odds. The way people work has changed and therefore what employers are looking for in new employees is also different. Mould yourself to be a resilient individual who is able to adapt to the fast-changing climate. The Covid-19 pandemic, indeed, proved that the job market is going to be as competitive as it has never been before. In this way, a jobseeker has to build a strong positioning within the current uncertain job market, and effectively communicate its value to the potential employers. How is your job hunting going on?

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'The worst year to graduate' – how Covid-19 impacted the Job Hunting in the UK?

It is predicted that 2.6 million Brits could be unemployed by the middle of 2021 and only 18% of graduates are currently securing employment. It would be an understatement to say now is not the easiest of times to gain employment. However, as the saying goes: ‘when the going gets tough; the tough get going’.

2020 – ‘The Worst Year to Graduate’

With redundancies at a record high – 181,000 redundancies from July to September – it is no surprise that employment is hard to come by. The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus has prompted organisations to scale back in an effort to stay afloat. The practical impact of this is clear as in May 2020 there were 77% less graduate jobs advertised than during the pre-Covid times.

Furlough, the scheme whereby employees are paid to not work as long as their role is difficult or impossible to carry out, has helped with job security. However, this does little for those who are looking to enter the world of work afresh, particularly graduates.

Inevitably, with fewer jobs and an ever-increasing number of graduates, competition for that all-important graduate role is fiercer than ever. Each graduate position is estimated to receive around 100 applications, making the odds literally 1 in 100!

The death of the Hospitality industry

Retail, hospitality and aviation are amongst the hardest hit industries in the UK. Again, it is young people who are thought to be bearing the brunt of the employment crisis as they make up a significant portion of the hospitality and retail workforce. On the other hand, technology, E-commerce and pharmaceuticals are predictably on the rise. Amazon advertised for 15,000 new roles in the midst of the pandemic. With a vaccine announced and restrictions being relaxed it is possible that your dream job may once again become a viable option. However, in the meanwhile apply to the thriving industries to improve your chances of gaining employment. You will still develop valuable skills and may even stumble upon an environment you enjoy more.  

3 R's to stand out to Employers

RETHINK – Some of the industries have been hit harder than others by the pandemic. Therefore, target your applications to those industries which are less afflicted by the Covid-19, or are anticipating for things to pick up shortly and thus will need fresh talent.

REFLECT
– Your skills are transferrable. Whether it is communication, leadership or organisation, you have skills which are being sought within the job market and not necessarily in the kind of roles you imagine. Don’t be afraid to explain why your background in customer service has given you significant insight into the customer perspective, such that you would make an excellent brand marketer. Think outside of the box.

RESILIENCE
– The harder you try the luckier you get. Entire industries are suffering right now, rules regarding social distancing or localised lockdowns are constantly evolving. However, due to the innovation and determination of the business-leaders, companies have managed to tread water and even thrive. So, when such a company meets a candidate who has done everything conceivable and beyond to make themselves as employable as possible, that show of resilience may end up being the most attractive quality the employer sees.

3 P's to show you're ready for Remote Working

With nearly a quarter of the UK population working from home, there is a good chance that new employees will begin their new roles from the comfort of their own house. Demonstrating the ability to work productively from home is therefore a crucial checkbox to get ticked off on the employer’s board.

PROFESSIONALISM
 – Don’t let your familiar surroundings change your mindset. Dress and speak in a professional manner at interviews. This will not only tell the employer you are serious, but also that you know how to act in a virtual environment.

PROACTIVE
– Working from home can hinder productivity. Often physically being around a team will allow you to pick up additional work. In the online work ecosystem, ensure that you are keeping your superiors updated as to your availability as well as networking with colleagues.

PRACTISE
– Using software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Slack can be intimidating, but you can test them out yourself and build your confidence. As a plus you can then state that you are able to utilise these programmes in your job applications.

Summary

Covid-19 has meant there are less jobs, but some industries have thrived during the pandemic. Target these industries for better odds. The way people work has changed and therefore what employers are looking for in new employees is also different. Mould yourself to be a resilient individual who is able to adapt to the fast-changing climate. The Covid-19 pandemic, indeed, proved that the job market is going to be as competitive as it has never been before. In this way, a jobseeker has to build a strong positioning within the current uncertain job market, and effectively communicate its value to the potential employers. How is your job hunting going on?

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