With unemployment rates on the rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you would be forgiven for thinking that you’re lucky to get any job that you can. We may all know somebody who has lost their job over lockdown and taking a risk with our own career may be the last thing on our minds. However, as a result of the restrictions put in place, many companies have taken stock of their business and created new jobs to meet the needs of their predicted post pandemic retail landscape and many area such as digital are in high demand.
As we’ve mentioned, the world has had to learn to adapt to a new way of living and working. Which means brands are now putting an emphasis on different elements of their business, which has created a demand for new jobs, and at the heart of the shift is a new generation of consumers. As generations Y and Z are already the main influencers of the luxury goods market, their online buying habits have created a solution to a downfall in retail sales. The increase of digital services and a growing desire to shop ethically and sustainably is forcing brands to respond and adapt to the changes these generations are creating. The younger demographic consume fashion in a very different way and the fashion industry is responding to this. In addition to this, some industries or roles are naturally thriving as a result of the pandemic, so if you’re looking for a role in ecommerce and account management we are seeing these as a large growth areas with our clients. There has also been an increase in demand for sustainable compliance role within the fashion industry.
Is there ever a right time?
The pandemic has thrown us all into unknown territory and is a good opportunity to take a step back and evaluate what we are doing and what we would like to be doing. Being pushed into finding a new career or job can be empowering. The world is changing and so has the way we all work. This may have pushed you to look for another job, this isn’t a bad thing. This will allow you to be curious and find new passions. If you have been made redundant, then now may be the best time for you to explore that career that you’ve always wanted to. Update your CV/portfolio, if you haven’t written a cv in a while take this time to write one from scratch. There are a lot of government grants and resources that have been created or made easier to apply for. Have you thought about retraining? There are some fantastic online course and by the end of the pandemic, you could find yourself with a completely new skill set thanks to online learning, it may even turn out to be the best decision of your life. Study something that you’re interested in, this will help to build your transferable skills and more employable in an area of interest to you.
Use your commute time to progress your career
2020 was a crazy and hard year for many of us. Working from home during lockdown could have it's advantages. If you like many, used to procrastinate that you were too busy to have time to look for a new job maybe now is a good time. With many people working from home why not use the time that would have been your commute to be proactive about your career change. Start by looking at your CV and once you are happy spend half an hour each day searching. If you get into a routine applying and registering for roles becomes a lot easier. Use the time when you're not surrounded by work colleagues to figure out whether you want to start carving your new career path. The comfort of home is the perfect space to conduct a job hunt. As many of us are working from the comfort of our own homes, which means we have extra time in our days to network, apply for jobs and take part in interviews. With an online shift in the application and interview processes, it has created a more comfortable, and personable experience for people looking for jobs.
A very competitive industry
This industry has always been very competitive and in some ways the pandemic could work to your advantage. With many staff furloughed some candidates don't want to take the risk of moving to a new company. So with many people sitting out, your CV could shine through. But, what about all of the people out of work? Experience has shown that even though a job posting may receive a large number of applications, the number of candidates that actually match the requirements is still very low. If you think you are a good match you should apply!
Finding an opportunity during the covid-19 pandemic isn’t impossible. You just need to keep positive, motivated and networking! If you found this blog interesting why not head over to our blog and find out 4 ways to build on your employability skills?