New year, new job – what do candidates need to know?

Posted in Candidates

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 07 January, 2022

2021 wasn’t an easy year for jobseekers. The continued turbulence of the economy combined with stresses such as the pingdemic, new variants and tiered restrictions meant high levels of anxiety about moving to new roles. However, as we head into a much steadier year, the market is most likely going to settle.

So, if you’re thinking of looking for a new job this year, what should you be considering?

Show, don’t tell

Employers are looking for candidates that are, or show potential to be, the perfect fit. An impressive CV, while a brilliant asset, shouldn’t be the be all and end all of your application. When you make it to interview stage, ensure you can show your achievements and put into context the difference you have made in your previous roles.

Were you the person who took ownership of mental health policies or were you instrumental in implementing new technologies into the company? Did you showcase your passion for doing good through fundraising events or was company culture important to you, hence why you set up Friday drinks? Whatever it was, show (don’t just tell) your new employer why you should be their next employee.

Practice those soft skills

The pandemic has created a much stronger need for soft skills. While it’s important for candidates to be able to have the technical skills needed for their roles, those more personal abilities are crucial. As we moved online and communication (internal and external) became a little more complicated, individuals needed to be able to express their ‘human’ sides. This isn’t going to change as we head in 2022 and will most likely be a necessity for all candidates for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, according to research from Esmi and The Skills Network, the top three soft skills employers are looking for from candidates are communications, management, and customer service. Others include enthusiasm, self-motivation, and planning.

Put yourself out there

 While, yes, we’re witnessing one of the most candidate-led markets since the 2008 recession, it isn’t a reason to become complacent. Employers are still seeking candidates that are proactive and showcase good levels of initiative. Don’t just post CVs onto job boards and wait for the roles to come to you, actively work hard to identify ideal companies you want to work for, do your research and impress them. Not only will you be more likely to find a job that satisfies you, but you’ll undoubtedly create a much better rapport and working relationship with the employer you’re ultimately hired by.

2022 is undoubtedly going to be the first year in nearly two years where the job market begins to resemble something a little closer to ‘normal’. Employers are going to be looking to fill roles with the best talent who can help them not only recover from the pandemic but thrive in this new era.


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If you’re thinking ‘new year, new job’, take a look at our vacancies here or get in touch with the team who would be more than happy to help.


Managing Director

I joined Cathedral Appointments in 1998 to cover a maternity leave and never left. I now own the business and love my job. I've a great team of consultants who work with me in ensuring that Cathedral Appointments provide an excellent service to candidates and clients alike.

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