I don’t mean something as dramatic as from Chartered Accountancy to Lion Taming, but with the demand for talent within the UK economy driving job vacancies to record levels, there’s never been a better time to plan your career!

The ONS report on “Vacancies and jobs in the UK: January 2022” released on 18th January ’22, confirms “The number of job vacancies in October to December 2021 rose to a new record of 1,247,000, an increase of 462,000 from the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic level in January to March 2020.”

The report confirms that whilst the demand appears to be across most sectors, the sectors with the highest demand includes: Accommodation & Food Service activities, Human Health & Social Work, Manufacturing, Construction and Transport & Storage.

In October to December 2021, the total number of vacancies increased by 127,800 (11.4%) on the quarter, with the largest increase seen in human health and social work which was up 26,800 (14.9%) to a new record of 206,000.

So with employers needing to be more flexible in sourcing the right talent, your first step is focussing on your core competencies and ‘transferable’ skills as they relate to your preferred / targeted role.

You may find the new role is similar to your current role but in a different sector or a similar role within your current sector where you’re able to demonstrate and utilise your key skills.

Your research will include reviewing job adverts and prioritising where you see your potential, which you can then detail showing where and how you can add measurable value.

It’s then advisable to obtain expert advice by connecting with recruiters who are proven specialists within your target market to agree a realistic plan. Remember, do your research first, so your more prepared and credible.

The higher demand there is for your targeted role, the greater the likelihood there’ll be a shortage of supply and thus greater opportunity for success.

Don’t forget to engage with your current employer about your career path, as there may be opportunities that match what you’re looking for.

Do you have your career plan in place?

I don’t mean something as dramatic as from Chartered Accountancy to Lion Taming, but with the demand for talent within the UK economy driving job vacancies to record levels, there’s never been a better time to plan your career!

The ONS report on “Vacancies and jobs in the UK: January 2022” released on 18th January ’22, confirms “The number of job vacancies in October to December 2021 rose to a new record of 1,247,000, an increase of 462,000 from the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic level in January to March 2020.”

The report confirms that whilst the demand appears to be across most sectors, the sectors with the highest demand includes: Accommodation & Food Service activities, Human Health & Social Work, Manufacturing, Construction and Transport & Storage.

In October to December 2021, the total number of vacancies increased by 127,800 (11.4%) on the quarter, with the largest increase seen in human health and social work which was up 26,800 (14.9%) to a new record of 206,000.

So with employers needing to be more flexible in sourcing the right talent, your first step is focussing on your core competencies and ‘transferable’ skills as they relate to your preferred / targeted role.

You may find the new role is similar to your current role but in a different sector or a similar role within your current sector where you’re able to demonstrate and utilise your key skills.

Your research will include reviewing job adverts and prioritising where you see your potential, which you can then detail showing where and how you can add measurable value.

It’s then advisable to obtain expert advice by connecting with recruiters who are proven specialists within your target market to agree a realistic plan. Remember, do your research first, so your more prepared and credible.

The higher demand there is for your targeted role, the greater the likelihood there’ll be a shortage of supply and thus greater opportunity for success.

Don’t forget to engage with your current employer about your career path, as there may be opportunities that match what you’re looking for.

Do you have your career plan in place?

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