Continually upskilling and developing your team is no small feat. You need to have a great Learning and Development (L&D) strategy in place. Putting one together takes time, but having one in place can help boost productivity and, in turn, your organisation’s output. It is no wonder that, according to the 2019 L&D Report published by findcourses.co.uk, 72% of marketing-leading organisations have taken their L&D strategy even further: they have put it at the heart of their recruitment strategy. Keep reading to find out how your organisation can follow suit and use talent development to recruit.
The second wave of the coronavirus and the new restrictive measures are creating confusion and uncertainties in the job market. To combat that, your job search now has to be more accurate than ever before, based on job trends and data.
So don’t miss out on the opportunities that are emerging out there.
There’s still hope
While many jobs in the catering and hospitality sectors have been destroyed, some Health and Social Services positions are booming, followed by other industries like Logistics, Construction, and Education.
The powerful Job Market Insights tool based on big data allows us to discover the hottest job trends and the positions that are growing the most despite the crisis.
We have analysed the highest variations among the most in-demand job titles in the last six months compared to the same semester of 2019.
Healthcare and Social Services
Understandably, the Healthcare and Social Services job categories encompass most of the positions on the list due to the pandemic expansion.
All the nursing staff subcategories have experienced significant growth, including:
Logistics and Distribution
The restriction measures and new consumption patterns have created a higher demand for logistic services. Distribution companies are now hiring more staff. Here is the list of the most in need positions in this sector:
- Multidrop delivery drivers
- Customer delivery drivers (60% increase)
- HGV / LGV Class 1 drivers (+40%)
- Trainee HGV drivers
- Delivery managers
- Parcel sorters
While the whole job sector has experienced a relevant fall in new job offers, some specialties have grown. The biggest increase was observed for the following positions:
More job trends in other sectors
If you are searching for a position in Finance, take a look at mortgage advisor jobs, as we have observed more demand for professionals there.
Job trends in this article reflect the variation of job offers posted in the UK between March and September 2020 compared to the same period of 2019. Data was provided by Job Market Insights, the number one big data tool for the recruitment industry. Find more on www.jobmarketinsights.com.
Christmas is just around the corner and so are the seasonal jobs. And Christmas jobs are an opportunity to put some money into your pocket, acquire more experience and meet new people.
To make your temporary Christmas job search more efficient, we have selected the most in demand positions for you based on some key data and labour market trends in the UK.
Start your Christmas temp job search now!
Most companies start recruiting Christmas staff as early as October with a peak in November. The time is now! Browsing on many job boards and recruitment agencies can be messy. So to find all the available positions across different websites in just one place visit JobisJob.
Seasonal jobs created for you: Where, what and who
Search your Christmas job throughout the UK sorting by location or finding your town in the map. As usual, London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds have the most job offers, but there are opportunities almost everywhere. Retail, logistics, and hospitality & catering are growing sectors these months. Do you want or do you have experience in one of the following industries? These are the ones most in demand:
And to make the search more specific, try with some of the job titles to be guided:
Department stores and retailers are among the top recruiters in Christmas time. Debehmans and QD Stores are in the list. Delivery services, such as Royal Mail, and beauty stores positions are also topping the ranking.
And one last tip: start the search as soon as possible, be flexible, and prepare to start ASAP… Enjoy your Christmas job!
*Source: Job Market Insights
Around 40% of UK workers have a ‘side hustle’ (including their own business), according to research conducted by the Henley Business School, with uncertainty about work, a desire for a better standard of living, and the desire to face new challenges being three key reasons why. Ensuring your business thrives without your ‘standard job’ suffering – and vice versa – can be a big challenge, but getting the balance right isn’t a matter of intuition or chance. Rather, it involves creating a strict business strategy you follow to the letter, without wavering from what is probably your ultimate goal: being your own boss, 24/7.
What are the Elements of Business Growth?
The key elements of most business growth strategies include leadership (vision, knowledge, risk taking), marketing (connecting with your audience via social media and branding), sales, tech (relying on the right people to solve technical glitches), and support (having a team that attends to clients quickly and efficiently). All these elements are far easier to run smoothly when your business is a full-time occupation. However, when you only have part of the day to dedicate yourself to each department, time management is key.
Building Your Plan
For each key element of your strategy, goals and time limits should be set. For instance, if you are selling your services as a writer, legal professional, or accountant, set reasonable goals for areas like marketing and social media. How many followers do you have on Instagram and Twitter, for instance? How many do your competitors have? What number can you set as a goal and how many weeks or months will you give yourself to achieve it?
Branding is another area that should be broken down into components with time limits for each task. Your brand should connect with your target audience via the right logo, website content, and social media channels. Technical knowledge is another problem. Try to think of what might be standing in the way of a smooth customer experience. Is your website mobile compatible? Does your page take too long to load? You can tackle many problems yourself. However, when you are truly stuck, don’t waste valuable time trying to solve a problem that needs technical knowledge. Rely on trusted professionals when you are stuck in a rut.
Take Calculated Risks
Growing as a business involves stepping outside your comfort zone frequently. As stated by Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, fear causes you to overestimate risk. However, the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life, lies precisely in your willingness to embrace change. Calculated risks are not based simply on ‘gut instinct’. They involve researching into possible losses, having a “Plan B”, and seeking advice from valued mentors. Request feedback from trusted entrepreneurs and be especially open when they point out possible flaws or mistakes. When you take risks, check periodically that they are bearing fruit. If something isn’t working, change your strategy to minimize loss.
Validate Your Idea
There are many ways that business ideas can be validated, one of which involves developing an MVP (minimum viable product) and seeing your target audience’s reaction to it. If it’s an app, for instance, test your MVP on investors, mentors, and your target audience. Ask for feedback so as to tweak any existing glitches. Conduct keyword searches with WordStream or Moz Keyword Explorer, to find out the existing supply for the demand your product is meant to fulfill. Ensure your business offers greater value than your competitors, and make a social media schedule, using various media to share awareness about your product.
Products like Hootsuite (which allows you to programme your social media uploads days in advance) exist to help you save time. However, this and other tools only work if you set a schedule for them that you stick to – even on days on which you feel tired after a full day at work.
By defining key tasks, setting goals and time limits, taking risks, and obtaining feedback, you can grow at a steady pace, staying motivated until the day you can dedicate all of your time to your true passion.
Author: Cassandra McNulty
There is a common perception that companies slow down or even stop hiring processes during summer months. You may feel tempted to take a break from your job search and succumb to your naturally lazy nature.
However, is this the best time to stop the search?
Based on JobisJob’s market trends, summer months present a great opportunity for job seekers. In the UK, analytics reveal that in 2019 there has been an average of about one million active offers per month and these figures remained the same in the July-September of 2018 period. On the contrary, the lowest period of the year was December, during end-of-year festivities, when job offers fell by 30%.
Can we predict the same behaviour of the job market for this summer? According to most recent trends, the same seasonal pattern will repeat this year: job offers will surely not decrease.
Therefore, why should you postpone those summer plans and keep on track with the search for the best career opportunities? We give you four more reasons to reconsider your plans for the next few months.
1. It’s a matter of probability
Most likely, you’re not the only one who believed in the summer-slowdown myth. But the equation is easy − look at it this way: with less competitors in the race, your chances of being hired are higher! With hundreds or thousands of applications received for only one position, recruiters usually discard candidates based on objective parameters and don’t have time to carefully analyse each one. Fewer applicants means more possibilities of standing out.
2. Summer temp jobs can lead to a permanent position
With many employees on holiday, many companies look for temporary workers to fill vacancies. Temporary jobs and even summer internships are an opportunity to shine and convince your future employer to keep you. If not, you’ll have gained experience and narrowed the gap between your last job.
3. You can take some days off to schedule appointments
If you are currently employed, it’s easier to ask your boss for one or two days off during these months. You’ll have more freedom to schedule appointments and interviews, or even to update your resume and write some cover letters. And if you have pending holidays, why not reserve a week to plan your search? (Definitely, writing a good resume is still important: don’t forget to check some tips and keep it up to date.)
4. Don’t overlook the fact that people are in a better mood
Most people are on a higher energy level during this hot season and this can make us feel more empathic (summer boosts the mood, science says). Take advantage of it when you meet recruiters. You can also reactivate networking activities and call those old friends from school that may help you in your career shift.
Of course, some difficulties can arise. Hiring processes tend to slow down. After the first contact, recruiters and managers can also go on holiday and may postpone their final decision for some weeks. While they probably want you to settle in to your new position when the business activity starts up again, in the meantime, they have no reason to be in a hurry. You’ll need to be patient.
(Need more data? Check our specialised big data tool for the recruitment industry.)