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Entering the job market

Posted on: 08 Jul 2019, admin

Whether you’re re-entering the job market or just beginning your search, job hunting can be daunting for all of us. In this week’s blog, we wanted to give you some tips on how you can confidently take that dive into the job market, regardless of what stage you’re at! 


Believe it or not, there’s life after redundancy. Being made redundant can be devastating, but if you use the time wisely, it can also be an opportunity for re-evaluation. Perhaps you weren’t so happy in the industry you were in, now’s the time to really explore your interests. This will help you in your job search as the more specific and passionate you are about particular roles, the more excited you’ll be to apply, which will boost your motivation.
TIP: If you realise you want a job within a sector you have zero experience in, find online courses and relevant voluntary roles while you aren’t working.

The returning traveller

Beginning the process of sitting down and applying for jobs can be a huge lifestyle change if you’ve been away for a long time. If you were constantly on the go and exploring earth’s wonders while you were away, you probably didn’t have much time to prepare or even think about the job-hunting process. 

So, where do you begin? Update your CV and if you did some voluntary work, shout about it – employers love this. Next, bring yourself up-to-date with all the relevant industry news as this will help you feel at ease and confident as you enter the job market. 

A change in career
So, you’re experienced in your field and you’ve just realised that you’d like a change in your career. You’ve had a skim through your CV and noticed that you have no experience in the sector you’d like to enter. In this case, we’d suggest volunteering as it’s a great way to gain experience in specific industries. Check out the blog we wrote on this recently! By volunteering, you’re giving yourself a good footing into the job market. You’ll also have transferable skills that you’ve gained from your current and previous jobs – remember to put those on to your CV too! 

Maternity Leave

Returning to the job market after maternity leave can be extremely daunting. However, the key thing to remember is that you had skills before you left your job and they are still valid. But, be prepared for what’s changed. Spend some time looking for free training courses online so you can bring yourself to speed with what’s changed in your industry – you can also add these courses to your CV.  Think about any transferable skills you’ve gained in your previous jobs and during your maternity, this can also be added to your CV and potentially help you stand out.


As a new graduate, you’ll have done several essays and projects during your studies and you can show these to employers. We recently wrote a blog about job-hunting as a graduate and  it’s worth checking that out for more in-depth information on entering the job market. 

School Leavers

This time of your life can be both exciting and scary. If possible, get as much experience as you can, you’re still figuring yourself out, anything you do will work towards building your CV and increasing your employability.  Make sure to get a reference from a teacher, this is important as all jobs – even some voluntary roles will require a character reference. 

Temporary work

Undoubtedly, most people in this ever-changing world aim for the security of a permanent role.  However, the reality is that nothing is truly permanent. So, at this crossroads keep your mind open to the idea of temporary work.  No longer does this type of work have the image that it once had. Previously some less informed people thought that only people not capable of gaining permanent work completed temporary work.  In 2018 the temporary recruitment industry grew again to £35.7 billion in part due to the increasing use of temporary workers to fulfil permanent roles – many employers now use this method (temporary to permanent) as their chosen method of acquiring new talent.  Even if your temporary role does not lead to a permanent role, it’s a great way to improve your skills, network, and earn money whilst looking for your ideal permanent position.

We hope this has helped, remember at Ascendant Recruitment we’re always available to help you in your search. Contact either our Milton Keynes or Northampton branch if you need any help with getting back into the job market.