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Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021


Employment & Learning

This last year was…extremely unordinary. The coronavirus pandemic had an effect on every aspect of our lives—including, and in some cases especially, the way we work and what our job searches look like. And while we’re starting to see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, there are still a lot of variables that could affect the economy.

If you’re one of the many people who’s currently looking for a new job or planning to start a job search soon, here’s what you need to know about finding a job in 2021.

Historical Hiring Trends Probably Won’t Apply

In years past, we’ve typically seen hiring surges at the start of a new year and again in the fall, while the summer and holiday seasons have tended to be slower. But this may not be the case in 2021. Charlette Beasley, Workplace Analyst at Fit Small Business, a digital resource for small business owners expects hiring to pick up again in the second or third quarter of the year on the heels of a widely available vaccine and lifted restrictions on travel, dining, and socializing.

How to Adapt:

Keep an eye on trends. In a slower hiring market, the more you know about who is (and is not) hiring, the better. To stay on top of what’s happening, check out news and industry sites that monitor business and hiring trends (sign up for their newsletters if they have them), follow companies you are interested in on LinkedIn, and pay attention to the types of job postings you’re seeing on job boards (and the types of companies posting them). If you are not sure where to start, reach out to people in your network who also work in the space you’re targeting to ask them how they stay on top of industry trends, or call the YWCA Saskatoon Employment and Learning Centre.

Adjust your job search accordingly. “You may need to consider applying for positions you wouldn’t have considered in the past,” Beasley says. This could mean branching out into a new industry, taking on some freelance work, finding creative ways to update your skill set, or trying out different job search strategies.

Stay in touch with your network. “Job seekers sometimes think that when hiring slows down, they can too. But that’s actually the perfect time to reach out to your network to tell them how grateful you are for their advice, provide a seasonal update, or let them know where you are in your job search,” says Neepa Parikh, Career Services Manager at Springboard, an online learning platform for students.  “It’s important to keep your contacts warm so that you can hopefully leverage their support when hiring picks up again.”

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre can assist job seekers to make connections to employers.  Should you have any questions about resumes, how to prepare for an active job search, or how to answer those difficult interview questions, join the Job Search Program today.   You can reach us by email at or phone at 306-986-2873.

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