This week we respond to the most frequent questions we are being asked by candidates in the current environment.
- What is the job market like – is it picking up?
The market seems to be static at the moment. However, in saying that we have had quite a few organisations contact us recently to let us know they intend to start recruiting in the next month or so. This is positive and forward volumes look good.
We’re in the first week of Level 1, it will be some time yet before we can more fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the job market.
- Should I broaden my job search to consider different roles and industries?
This is a very good question. We often tell candidates that they may benefit from being more open-minded and that sticking to the tried and true could limit career prospects. Some of the most satisfied candidates we have placed in the last few years have chosen to look beyond the obvious and try something a little left field. A reduction in roles currently has probably presented candidates with more motivation to consider this advice. So yes, if you are looking for work it is advisable to consider all options, which also includes looking at contracting or interim options if you are available immediately, as well as permanent jobs. Be mindful too that there are more candidates looking for work right now.
- Should I lower my salary expectations?
For contract and temporary work, you should consider this – with a lot of people looking for work, you may miss out on opportunities.
With permanent roles, you need to think carefully about whether you can afford a reduction in your salary over the longer term. But we would make the observation that a small sacrifice in salary now may well still end up producing a better result financially than being without work for several months. There are other factors to consider alongside pay – particularly if the role is with a company you would like to join and one that offers good career prospects. Keep in mind that you are likely to make up the shortfall over time as future opportunities within the company present themselves.
- If I take more junior role or a contract role, should I be concerned how this will look on my CV?
Most employers understand that this is an extraordinary event and that in the future, CVs may include experience and roles that may not have been there otherwise.
Remember there will be an opportunity to talk through your work history in job interviews.
- What’s going to happen when the wage subsidy ends?
This is an interesting one. Earlier this week ASB said signs are emerging that that impact of COVID-19 on the economy may not be as bad as expected. However many economists are predicting further redundancies, and it’s probable some sectors will be impacted more than others.
For many organisations, it is still too early to determine the medium to longer-term impact on demand and therefore what their business requirements will be. This is an area to keep watching over the coming months.
Right now at Hunter Campbell
With the move to Level 1, we are back in the office (and loving it!). We are enjoying meeting with clients and candidates face to face, as well as supporting our local cafes. So get in touch if you would like to catch up – either in person or by video conference.
Jobs on offer
Links to some of the roles we are recruiting at the moment are below.
Accounting and Finance
Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement
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