How you can keep pace with the employment market?

With the Trades Union Congress (TUC) recently arguing that levels of long-term unemployment have hit crisis levels, with data from the Office for National Statistics showing that 441,000 have been jobless for more than two years, the news that the number of job placements have fallen for the second month in a row may add to feelings of insecurity for the UK’s workforce.

Securing your ideal role in a competitive marketplace is already a difficult prospect and a fall in appointments will mean that we have to do even more to set ourselves apart from the crowd.

A survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG concluded that there was a “high degree of uncertainty” among employers, with many companies taking a more cautious approach to the recruitment process.

Despite this fact, Kevin Green, chief executive of REC, feels that the news isn’t all doom and gloom for those keen to maximise their job opportunities, as the number of job vacancies continuing to rise.

“What must be emphasised, though, is that employers are still hiring.

“In fact, the number of vacancies has grown, but fragile confidence means they are taking longer to make decisions about appointments and the whole process of recruiting is slowing down.”

With the economy in a constant state of flux, it’s crucial that we are able to adapt to the changing needs of the employment market. Kennedy Pearce’s top tips are:

  • Stay informed: Keeping up to date with latest movements and changes in your sector will help you better target your application as well as highlighting any training opportunities that could act to improve your employability.
  • Network: Regular networking will ensure that you are able to build up a bank of contacts and that you are able to demonstrate your competencies to leading figures within a company before a vacancy even arises.
  • Be flexible: If you specialise in a particular area that isn’t experiencing much growth think creatively and assess whether your portfolio of skills could be applied to other positions.


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