Getting from where you are now to where you want to be.

Perhaps you’ve just finished university or you’re in your last year and now reality hits – you have to find a job! Or perhaps you’ve been bringing up your family and now want to get back into work. Or it may be that you’ve been doing the same job for years and want a change. And for many people, the Covid-19 crisis has meant unemployment or redundancy.

Whatever the reason, if you want to get the best possible job, you need a blueprint. Essentially, there are seven steps:

  1. Decide what sort of job you want
  2. Do your background research
  3. Plan effectively
  4. Create your CV or résumé and cover letter
  5. Develop your job search strategy and apply for jobs
  6. Prepare yourself for interviews
  7. Review your progress and decide what happens next

Of course, it’s never as straightforward as six simple steps – there are a lot of different factors to consider. One of these is:

The Changing Job Market

The way we work has changed dramatically over the last 50 years or so, with some experts going as far as to say that the job is dead, while others are predicting that anyone over the age of 40 and out of work will never work again.

And since the crisis began, more and more people are working from home and some industries, which in normal times would be very busy, are at a standstill.

Age tends go against you if you are older and with so many young people currently out of work, that could be worse than usual. But when so many people are living much longer and pension schemes just haven’t got enough resources to support them, most people expect to work until into their 70s. This report will focus on the positive aspects of the current situation, but first let’s get the negatives out of the way.

There is undoubtedly a growing trend in job insecurity, and it’s probably safe to say that the “job for life” is dead, or at least dying, with a few exceptions – a minority of careers where permanent contracts are still on offer and where workers are always in demand. For most of us, it’s a fixed–term employment contract lasting for a year or two, more if we’re lucky.

So, if you don’t have a job – perhaps you’re just starting out, or trying to get back into the market after bringing up your kids – how can you deal with the changing job market?

There is also a really positive side to all this change. The workplace is much more flexible and there are lots of new ways of working, like portfolio careers, training for emerging industries and setting up as a freelance or building your own small business in an area which interests you.

If you are to benefit from the positives, rather than become overwhelmed by the negatives, one of the most important things you can do is to plan your career carefully. This will improve your chances of being successful in the job market. If you follow the steps above, you’ll have a much better chance of achieving your goals.

Let’s look at them in more detail, starting with figuring out the type of job you want.