You may feel at the ‘crossroads’
Many people taking redundancies have been working for one employer for many years and as a result they generally don’t have a good understanding of the state of the labour market. Or how their skills and experience can be applied to a new role.
One thing is certain. The labour market has changed dramatically over the past 30 years or so. In the 1980’s the average time that people stayed in the one job was around 8 years. In 2016, that figure has reduced to 3 years and 4 months, and by 2020 it is expected that the average job tenure in Australia will be just 3 years. To add to this, we are all living (and working) longer. The average person will have between 15 and 20 different jobs in their career. And to further complicate the situation, with the advent of the digital age, job roles are rapidly changing. So is the way that people work – particularly the ability to work remotely with increasingly flexible conditions. (Source: McCrindle Research)
So what does it mean practically?
Often when taking a redundancy people feel a lot of pressure to get their next job as soon as possible. They also feel that their next job has to be the perfect long-term career move. While gaining employment post redundancy is certainly important, so is the “skill” of marketing yourself to potential future employers. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What’s happening in the labour market and what is the demand for my skills?
- What level of remuneration should I be expecting?
- How could my skills and experience translate into a new setting?
- Do I have a professional, contemporary resume
- How do I present myself in interview situations?
This is where engaging with an expert recruiter can be beneficial. Kowalski Recruitment has been operating in the Canberra market for the past 20 years and we work with a diverse client base in a broad range of sectors. We specialize in assisting professionals to identify their next career opportunity, and we can provide industry benchmarks on remuneration levels across various skillsets and professions. Please visit our website.
For free resume writing and interview preparation guides, or to organize a complimentary appointment with one of our specialist HR professionals, please speak to your Milestone Adviser.
This post was written by guest blogger Adam Kowalski from Kowalski Recruitment.