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There’s not a day that goes by without some more news in the media about job losses. Plus, you would have to be blind to have missed the many social media postings from people made redundant and actively looking for work. And although the Government took the step of extending the furlough scheme until April next year, many businesses have been unable to prevent staff becoming unemployed.

Consider retraining

Many industries, like catering, hospitality and big high street retail outlets are obviously struggling. So, it’s important we acknowledge sectors and businesses who are currently hiring. And if you are the type of person who is up for a challenge and doesn’t mind retraining, then you could find yourself a new position doing something completely different.

Here is our round up of possible options for you to consider:

  • Education. Schools and colleges (including online learning establishments) are still recruiting. And with the government offering bursaries and scholarships for teacher training in certain subjects, it might be worth considering.
  • Health and social care. Hospital and care home jobs are at an all time high for obvious reasons. However, funding is now available for hundreds of nurse apprenticeships in England.
  • Groceries/online retail. Supermarkets and major brands such as Tesco, Lidl, Asda and Amazon etc are looking for in-store shelf stackers, order picker and packers.
  • Delivery services. With the growth in online purchasing comes a need for people to delivery items. Hermes and other couriers are looking for drivers and supervisors right now.
  • Technology. With many people working from home, the demand for IT professionals and other technical roles has massively increased.

Plus, in the run-up to Christmas many online retailers and supermarkets are looking for temporary seasonal vacancies now.

Kickstart or apprenticeships?

If you are not excited about any of the industries above and are 16 to 24 year olds and on Universal Credit, then you might want to check out the Government’s Kickstart Scheme which has recently received further funding so more young people can access job placements.

If you don’t fall into the 16-24 age group, then you might be surprised to learn that apprenticeships are available to people of any age. There is no upper age limit for becoming an apprentice, although arrangements for funding do differ if you are over 24 years of age.  However, there is fair access to apprenticeships and so your age shouldn’t affect whether you’ll get onto an apprenticeship.

Maximise your chances

Whatever your next step is, to maximise your chances, you need to update your CV and create an appealing online profile so recruiters and companies will approach you, while you also actively apply for jobs. You also need to stand out from the crowd, so perhaps whilst waiting for the perfect job, you can update your skills, learn something new and/or do some volunteering or charity work – they will all hold you in good stead for the future.

If you need help or advice, get in touch we can help you with your CV, covering letter, interview preparation and job coaching. Visit our Candidate page for more information about our services.

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