image source, image caption Hospitality has been hit hard by the pandemic
Job postings hit record levels as the economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of vacancies in the three months to August ro is above one million for the first time since the Office for National Statistics started such records in 2001.
Which sectors are recruiting?
Sector with the most positionss vacant between June and August was health and social assistance , with 167,000 vacant positions. This sector also had the largest number of unfilled jobs before the pandemic with 139,000 during the same period in 2019.
The hospitality sector has 134,000 vacancies, with many companies reporting that the positions are difficult to fill. Some restaurants close on certain days or reduce their opening hours.
Industry bodies say one in five workers left the industry during the pandemic, with Brexit often blamed for making matters worse. Worries about long hours, job security, and pay may explain why many meMembers of the reception staff on leave have not returned to their duties.
The disruption of teaching and university classes in the wake of Covid also halted the supply of new talent.
The category Science and Technology was third with 98,000 vacancies, followed by retail (83,000) and manufacturing (75,000).
Job vacancies in the transport sector are also on the rise (47,000), amid a UK-wide shortage of truck drivers. When much of the economy stagnated during the pandemic, many European drivers returned home and did not return. The current significant delay in heavy truck driving tests means it is difficult to recruit new drivers.
Transport companies and supermarkets are offering membership bonuses and salary increases to qualified drivers as well as apprenticeships for new recruits.
Tony Wilson, director of the Institute for Employment Studies, points out that many industries - including hospitality and retail - still have struggling to readjust after the lockdown and the lifting of restrictions.
He says consumer demand has remained high, in part because household incomes are "protected " by schemes such than leave.
However, employers need to recruit in a smaller labor market, he adds, with more young people than usual studying and not working, fewer workers foreigners and still more than a million on leave.
What training and resources are available?
Since April, the government has offered almost 400 different free courses worth the equivalent of 'a level A diploma, in subjects such as accounting, engineering and business studies.
The nati The onal careers service offers a skills assessment, a training search tool and writing assistance de CV. "finding a job ' ' also lists vacancies.
Some institutions also offer short courses free duration, for example, at the 'Open University.
The Prince ' s Trust a free personal development sessions , to help 18-30 year olds integrate into the health and social assistance sector. charity offers mentoring, CV support and can match job seekers with suitable local employers.
How do I start looking for a new job?
Job seekers must be '' strategic '' and target sectors in shortage as well as those that are growing, says Gerwyn Davies, of the organization of human resources CIPD.
The shortage profession list - used to offer work visas to people moving to UK - shows where workers are neededres. It includes areas such as engineering, web programming, and graphic design.
Consider your basic skills, rather than looking for a specific job title, suggests Corinne Mills, Managing Director of Personal. Career Management .
For example, if you work in retail customer service, this could mean other people-facing roles, such as sales ..
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How do I know which jobs are available?
Many companies list vacancies on their own website or on recruitment sites.
You can also register from a generalist or specialized recruitment firm.
If you want to work in.For a particular company, check if they are hiring directly or through a recruiter.
And if you want a specific job, be proactive and reach out to someone who does that role to find out how they got there.
Professional networks can also be helpful. These could be LinkedIn or Facebook groups, or industry organizations, where job postings and events are posted and where advice is available.
Some industries and employers have implemented virtual events networking and career fairs.
How do I stand out from other applicants?
With thousands of people applying for certain roles, your personal network should be your first port of call, suggests Corindo Mills.
Friends, family and acquaintances will collectively know hundreds of people, and some should know about companies that are hiring.
Many employers like a personal recommendation and you can hear about roles before they are advertised.
Tailor your CV and cover letter to each application. that takes time but results in a job, recommends technical recruiter Amy Golding.
Emphasize your skills and clearly list your past accomplishments. For example, whether you completed a recent project on time and on budget, or attracted new clients.
Show your enthusiasm and state the reasons why you want to work for this particular employer.
Review your documents before sending them. Have someone else read your application to help you spot any mistakesspelling or grammar that could mean your resume goes straight to the trash.