Following on from the Brexit result, the CEB reported that job adverts had fallen by 700,000. That fact, combined by forecasts of doom and gloom in the wider economy, made for worrying reading for anyone looking for a new career opportunity. However, the outlook isn’t all negative.
The fact of the matter remains that no one is sure what Brexit truly means in terms of recruitment. And, while there’s no doubt the UK’s exit from the European Union has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the job market for now, it’s not all bad news for those seeking new opportunities.
The UK still has one of the strongest (the sixth strongest to be exact) economies in the world, and, as such, many companies are still planning to push on with their pre-Brexit plans, according to a survey by the Bank of England.
But for those worried about the immediate effect Brexit has had on their employment prospects, here are five tips on how to use the current uncertainty to your advantage.
1. Look out for a post-Brexit surge
According to career coach and co-founder of CareerTree Sarah Archer, some sectors can expect a rise in job opportunities now that the result is in. That’s because many businesses put recruitment on hold before the referendum and now need to fill those positions left open while the British public made up their minds.
2. Be Patient
While it can be disheartening to hold out on a lengthy job hunt, this may work in your favour in this instance, says Archer. Many people may delay their job search or even consider staying put until the uncertainty blows over, giving you a better chance at bagging your dream job. On top of this, there may be less competition as fewer people from the EU may apply for UK-based roles.
3. Create more contacts
Networking is more important than ever during periods of uncertainty. Companies will continue to recruit via the less-traditional routes, so utilising your contact list and making more connections is essential. Putting the word out that you’re looking for work may lead to an opportunity and is also a fantastic way to learn about what companies are looking for with their post-Brexit openings.
4. Stand out
Make sure your CV and your Linked-In profile are absolutely flawless. Do your research and make sure you understand exactly what a company is looking for before you apply. That way, you can really tailor your approach to make sure you tick all the right boxes. Consider what Brexit might mean to this position and the wider sector and address how you can manage the resulting risks and opportunities.
5. Stay positive
It may seem like an obvious one, but this is one of the most important points to bear in mind. When times are hard, employers look for team members who can rally the troops and motivate their team. In periods of uncertainly, your biggest asset to potential employers could simply be your cheerful demeanour or your friendly smile.
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