There’s never been a better time to join these growing markets. If you’re thinking of joining an industry that is new to you, identify your transferrable skills so you can figure out if you’re a good match and vice versa. Remember that it’s every hiring manager’s dream to find a candidate who is eager to learn. Skills and experience are secondary.
The working from home revolution is here to stay
Though most of the global workforce can't work remotely because they need to be present on-site, working with other people or using specialist equipment, many companies are trying to offer flexibility where they can. A recent survey found that, across all sectors, 38% of executives
envision their remote employees working from home at least one day a week post-pandemic.
Companies have seen the benefit of casting the net wider in the search for new employees, accessing new pools of talent. Use this to your advantage and apply for jobs that are outside your usual search radius. And when it's time for the interview, weave in skills that show you’re a working from home pro and come armed and ready to answer remote job interview questions
Even if you can't feasibly work remotely, you still might need to adapt. Many organisations will continue to hire remotely in 2021 and beyond, meaning that virtual interviews
will become a fixture in the hiring process, and you need to brush up on your skills.
Contract workers are more in demand
Covid-19 boosted the gig economy, and it will be some time before companies ease their cautious hiring. While many continue to hire contractors in favour of permanent staff, 92% of people agree
that this is the time to join the flexible workforce.
Despite the IR35 reform
adding a layer of complexity to freelancing and contract work, there are many benefits. Contracting offers more varied and flexible working
, and if a temporary job goes well, you may secure a steady stream of jobs with the same employer. If you decide after some time that temporary work is not for you, you can communicate this to your agency and they’ll be able to help you find something permanent.
Competition remains stiff
The job market has changed, and it’s stiff competition. But just because there are more active candidates in the job market, that doesn’t mean your chances of finding a job are lower. In fact, you can boost your chances of finding a job this year by setting professional development goals and establishing a learning mindset.
There are two routes you can take – improving your soft and hard skills. Despite their name, soft skills are just as valuable, and many hiring managers will choose a candidate who has the soft skills, knowing they can be taught the hard skills on the job. You can adapt to this changing market by keeping an eye on the top soft and hard skills for 2021
We unite people with life changing industries
If you’re looking to take your next career move in 2021, Quanta can help. Since 1992, we’ve been guiding our candidates through the developing recruitment landscape and supporting them in the search for jobs in life changing industries. Find your next contract or permanent role with us. Browse our life sciences jobs
, renewable energy jobs
or data centre & IT jobs
and start your application.
Or send your CV
, and one of our specialist recruiters will be in touch.