Finding a new job in 2021: 10 simple tips for success

Last year saw a number of people lose their jobs thanks to the pandemic, while for some, it may have put in sharp focus their career and the potential to retrain, or look elsewhere. 

While rising unemployment and currently lockdown back in full swing, it may look bleak out there.

However, one expert believes that the rate of hiring this year will accelerate for a number of reasons.   

There are over a million people unemployed in the UK right now but there are things you can do to stand out from the crowd of job hunters and get hired

There are over a million people unemployed in the UK right now but there are things you can do to stand out from the crowd of job hunters and get hired

James O’Dowd, managing partner of independent executive search firm Patrick Morgan explains: ‘Generous government support over the past nine months accompanied by promising vaccine news will mean that many businesses will enter the new year with the appetite to grow and the capital to invest.

‘As a result, we anticipate that the first three months of 2021 will likely see a significantly accelerated rate of hiring, as organisations look to not only recover, but expand across all levels.’

There will no doubt be a larger talent pool of people looking for work, but there’s much you can do to increase the chances of landing a role in 2021 and stand out from the crowd.

1. Register with an agency

Bethany Last, MD of Cromwell Medical Staffing says that there is a high demand for nursers at the moment

Bethany Last, MD of Cromwell Medical Staffing says that there is a high demand for nursers at the moment

Agencies are still looking for people to represent in 2021. 

Elaine Weir, director of CVFriends Ltd, says: ‘Build up a positive relationship with an agency and, where possible, look for an in industry specific recruiter.’

Cromwell Medical Staffing, is one example of a specialist recruiter looking for more staff. 

It’s a leading supplier of agency nurses and says there’s a high demand for nurses with ITU experience, general nurses and theatre qualified staff.

Bethany Last, managing director of the firm, says: ‘Working through a recruitment agency allows our staff to choose the hours and shifts that helps to support their work life balance, the hours that fit around childcare, for example.’

Weir adds: ‘Don’t excessively hassle the recruiters but schedule a regular time to keep in contact to make sure you’re front of mind.’

2. Hunt for jobs on online jobs platforms

Online jobs platforms have thousands of jobs currently being advertised and there are plenty to choose from. 

There are established players such as Indeed, which had 17,182 jobs listings in December and some newer players like DirectlyApply, which currently has 300,000 jobs listed in the UK and was founded in 2018.

Recruiters on Indeed include Four Seasons Health Care, Engage Education, Ocado while DirectlyApply works with the likes of Uber, Amazon and Boots. (see ‘Get Hired! We showcase 15 companies recruiting right now).

Online jobs platforms like DirectlyApply have hundreds of thousands of jobs advertised

Online jobs platforms like DirectlyApply have hundreds of thousands of jobs advertised

3. Look in the right sector

If you haven’t been successful in your job hunt so far, it could be that you’re looking in an industry where…


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