23 November 2021 · by Kate Ellis How to navigate “The Great Resignation”, and come out on top
After months of lockdowns and restrictions during the pandemic, this summer the UK finally welcomed some sort of normality as the UK labour market slowly returned to how it was pre-covid.
However, whilst the pandemic saw unemployment at a record high due to uncertainty in the market and a wave of redundancies, we are now seeing almost one in four UK workers actively planning to leave their current role, prompted by “The Great Resignation” that has recently hit the UK.
The Great Resignation is the ongoing trend the market has seen recently where employees are volunteering to leave their jobs in search of a new employer, a new market or to in fact, retire.
There are a large proportion of people who have blamed Covid-19 for this new trend, as the pandemic has given employees the opportunity to rethink their careers, work conditions, and long-term goals.
Recent data from ONS figures show that almost one million workers switched jobs over the summer, while vacancies increased to 1.3 million. But the question is why are job seekers choosing now to resign?
As the economy continues to regain its strength, you as the jobseeker now have the confidence you need to switch jobs by choice. In the candidate driven market that we currently find ourselves in, you have the upper hand when it comes to your job search allowing you to demand better hours, pay and work-life balance.
So, as jobseekers continue to remain in the driving seat when it comes to the jobs market, how can you use “The Great Resignation” phenomenon to your advantage when considering a new role?
- Network in your market
Expand your current network by connecting with specialist recruiters and agencies in your field. At Huntress, we have many experienced recruitment consultants who know their market inside out and can present you with the best opportunities and guidance needed to navigate this crowded market.
- List the non-negotiables
We now live in a world where you can now build your career around your lifestyle, instead of the other way round. So, when you are exploring new opportunities and even new markets, be clear with yourself on what you are and are not willing to accept. Did you previously commute in 5 days a week and are now looking for a hybrid working pattern? Perhaps you are used to a 60-hour working week and would prefer to switch to less, or even go part-time.
Make sure you write a list of the non-negotiables you’ll need in a new role and the factors that you are happy to compromise on. Be clear and honest with yourself, as interviewing is time consuming, so don’t waste yours on an opportunity that can’t give you what you need.
- Understanding your why
Why are you really open to a new role? Is it for a salary increase, work-life balance or perhaps your current employer is unable to provide you with the support you need to progress? Whatever the reason, be clear with yourself on why you are looking for a new position and ask yourself if this is something that your current company can fix. If they can’t, then it’s time to get yourself on the market and see what opportunities are out there.
- Consider a new industry
Looking for a new job can be a stressful, time-consuming process. It can also be quite daunting and feel like a full-time job in itself, but it doesn’t have to be! With now being the best time for candidates to consider a new job, why not consider a new career path too?
This could be your chance to finally pursue a job in a field that you’ve always thought about. As there is currently such a shortage of workers, many companies are willing to look past the need for experience and instead, train new employees.
Don’t miss this opportunity by being too intimidated to apply. Search job boards for your dream position and go for it! You never know what will come of it.
At Huntress, we can confidently provide you with the best opportunities and work to ensure that your next career move is the right one.
If you are interested in having a confidential conversation with a member of the team regarding this topic, then please get in touch. We would love to help!