Will caution prevail during the January 2010 jobs rush

With the UK still in the grips of recession, will January’s traditional ‘New Year, New Start’ rallying cry turn to one of muted overtones or will job seekers be more determined than ever to get a new job?

Last January the number of people who claimed they were looking for a new job reached record levels, according to online CV expert iProfile.org – a fact supported by Jobsite who found that as many as 42% of people planned to find a new position with a further 13% planning to start their job search upon receiving their first post-Christmas pay-check.

Earlier this month the CIPD described the current jobs market as being “flat on its back”, adding that despite unemployment rates slowing down in the last quarter of 2009 than at any time since the recession began in spring 2008, there is “no sign that the labour market is anywhere close to returning to proper health.” All of which offers little comfort for job seekers.

Yes, there is some light at the end of the tunnel with most analysts suggesting that the economy will pick up by the end of 2010. However, that is still a long way off and that light is little more than a flicker right now. And with unemployment currently teetering on the brink of 2.5m and more redundancies expected in the first quarter of 2010, will job seekers opt to ride out the storm and remain cautious or try to jump ship and swim the treacherous seas to career nirvana?I think that caution will prevail.

With odds of 100-to-1 (in Wales at least) of getting the job you want combined with the sluggish rise in the number of new positions being advertised, my feeling is that candidates will become more selective in their applications. And this will have an impact on the entire recruitment process.

Whilst employers have held the trump card throughout this recession and enjoyed the luxury of cherry-picking the candidates they want to interview from a plethora of applications, if candidates are more cautious in their approach and avoid the scattergun tactic of applying for jobs then they will soon regain the centre ground in the so-called ‘war on talent’.

The hunter (job seeker) will once again become the hunted.

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