Are you contemplating a career change? Embracing a new direction in your professional life can be both exhilarating and challenging. Making the decision to pursue a different career path is an exciting opportunity for personal growth and fulfilment.

As experienced recruitment specialists, Multitask Personnel is here to guide you through the process of preparing for your next adventure. In this blog, we will share valuable insights on how to handle a career change and effectively prepare for finding a new job that aligns with your passions and aspirations.

Self-Reflection and Goal Setting

Before diving into a career change, take the time for self-reflection. Assess your skills, strengths, values, and interests. Consider what motivates you and what you envision for your future career. Set clear goals and define the type of role and work environment that best suits your aspirations.

Research Potential Career Options

Once you have a clear understanding of your career goals, research potential career options that align with your interests and qualifications. Take advantage of online resources, career assessments, and industry insights to explore new fields and understand the demands and prospects of each.

Networking and Seeking Guidance

Reach out to your professional network, friends, and colleagues to gather insights and advice. Attend industry events, webinars, and workshops to connect with people from different fields and gain valuable perspectives. Recruiters and recruitment agencies like Multitask Personnel can also provide invaluable guidance and support in navigating your career change journey.

Update Your CV and Online Presence

Tailor your CV & Personal Statement to showcase your transferable skills and experiences relevant to your desired career path. Ensure your LinkedIn profile and other professional platforms reflect your new career interests. A consistent and compelling online presence can attract potential employers and recruiters in your target industry.

Acquire New Skills and Training

Identify any skill gaps between your current expertise and the requirements of your desired role. Invest in gaining additional certifications or training to boost your qualifications and enhance your marketability in the new industry.

Be Adaptable and Open-Minded

Embracing a career change requires flexibility and an open mind. Be prepared to start at an entry-level position or take a slightly different role to gain industry experience, or try temping. Each step is a building block towards your ultimate career goal.

Stay Positive and Resilient

Transitioning to a new career can be challenging, and setbacks are a natural part of the process. Stay positive, resilient, and patient throughout your journey. Every experience and opportunity, even if it doesn't lead to immediate success, provides valuable lessons and insights.

A career change is a bold step towards creating a more fulfilling and rewarding professional life. By engaging in thorough preparation and utilising the guidance of recruitment specialists like Multitask Personnel, you can make a successful transition into your new role.

Remember, the path to a new job may have twists and turns, but with determination, self-awareness, and continuous growth, you'll find yourself on the path to success. Take charge of your career change journey today and embark on a future that excites and inspires you!

Are you ready to take the leap?

Reach out to Multitask Personnel, your trusted recruitment consultancy, to discover how we can support your career change and help you find the perfect fit for your new job.

Contact us on 01709 820102 or email enquiries@multitaskpersonnel.co.uk and let's build your future together!

The start of a new year has always been one of the best times to look for a new job. However, this year, it’s probably even more relevant as job vacancies hit an all-time high.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were over 1.1m vacancies in the UK, up to Christmas – the highest level since 2001. And, with vacancies existing across most sectors, our latest estimate is that there are now as many jobs on offer as there were before the Covid pandemic hit.

This is despite the prediction that there would be major unemployment due to Covid-19. This didn’t happen as forecast, mainly due to several other factors that came into play around the same time:

According to insurance firm, Aviva, Covid has been a major decider for many to voluntarily remove themselves from the workforce. In the USA this has been dubbed the ‘Great Resignation’ with over 5m withdrawing their labour with a similar trend now occurring in the UK.

Aviva say that an increasing number of people are now taking early retirement at 60 rather than wait for the official retirement age of 66. This desire to re-assess priorities is nothing new, of course, but there is no doubt the pandemic has spurred on those who had previously been considering this option.

What does this mean for the current job market?

It means new opportunities are opening up as soaring demands and skill shortages start to have an impact on UK employment. There is no doubt, we are seeing increased competition as employers vie to attract talent; this implies that it’s undoubtedly a job seeker led market at the moment.

The introduction of flexible and hybrid working coupled with acute skill shortages, especially in certain sectors, and the ‘great resignation’ means a job boom that currently shows no signs of slowing down.

We believe this is a great time to consider a re-evaluation of your current employment. Covid has changed our attitude to work - for some, early retirement may be an option that could include an opportunity of returning to work on a part time basis. We have a specialist team of recruiters that can help you search out potential part time and / or flexible vacancies.

For many people, the Christmas break was a time for reflection. The possibility of downsizing to a smaller house, the chance to consider landscaping the garden, re-decorating the house, planning a summer holiday and for some, considering their future employment status and career.

Are you one of those ready for a change?

The good news is that we have a pool of Employers who are looking for staff, especially those possessing sought after skills (get in touch and we can explain more). For those looking for a move, we recommend researching the current jobs market (again, we can help) to understand what sectors are thriving and what skills are needed to respond to current vacancies.

The starting point is to identify your current skill set. And we are not just talking about accredited or on the job skills. Transferable soft skills such as good communication, leadership, problem solving etc. should be included to give you a complete skills package.

If you’re serious about a career move or employment sidestep, we suggest taking time out this month, to update your CV. Consider what skills and experiences will ensure employment in the future and how you can add value to their business.

These could be applicable to the job description, such as Construction or Building Services, or across the board ‘people skills’. It’s also worth spending time updating your LinkedIn profile. Add new skills, including those you’ve been developing through lockdown, and ensure you are re-connecting with former colleagues, friends and contacts made during the last 18 months. In fact, everyone whom you feel can help you step up to a new career.

To summarise

Businesses in this area are hiring. The number of vacancies continues to rise across most sectors and there is no doubt, the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in England, has helped open the current jobs market. The period prior to Christmas saw the highest number of job vacancies since before the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March 2020.

As you will see from our job board, we have plenty of vacancies across all industries and throughout the region. However, with a surfeit of redundancies over the past year, there is a lot of competition out there.

Our advice is to prepare well for your next position. Have an open mind when looking for new job opportunities. Do your research to identify growth sectors and match these with your current (and future) skill set.

And most importantly, register with a recruitment partner, such as ourselves, in order to hear first of suitable vacancies as well as receive help and support in your quest to make 2022 the year of opportunity.

For more information on looking for a new job in 2022, contact the team at Multitask Personnel on 01709 820102 or enquiries@multitaskpersonnel.co.uk and we will help match you with employers best suited to your skills.

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