Candidate Resilience

Candidate Resilience

Despite the setbacks and the government’s economic watchdog predicting UK unemployment likely to reach 2.6m, in the mid part of 2021, there is still opportunity and even personal milestones to achieve. In a recent article, we highlighted the balance between temp and permanent roles over the past few months. 

Hannah Sills, head of permanent recruitment understands the attitude of others, “I have rarely seen any candidate who is defeatist. A skill we have all learned this year is empathy and recognising the importance of standing shoulder to shoulder with others, both clients as well as candidates. For someone not getting a job and having to deal with several disappointments, does not mean they are unemployable, it is just the situation that many people experience.”

Opportunity and a new direction have meant a shift in delivery. The recent Kickstart scheme has been introduced for 16 to 24-year-olds. This is for people who have been claiming universal credit, to get valuable paid work experience, where programmes have been few and far between. The £2bn programme intends to create 250,000 work placements, with the potential for more if it's a success.

To some people, a time away from the corporate world has encouraged the impetus to give back. Ric Exley, a managing director with over 20 years of international FMCG commercial experience, has taken time away from the B2B arena to raise money for The Trussell Trust. This is a food bank initiative where Ric is just about to launch The Legends Box and raise a targeted £15,000 for the charity. Ric says, “Taking a step aside from the business environment I have been used to for many years, means that now is the right time for me to utilise the connections I have made during my career. It’s a way to realise a means to give back to others. 2020 has told us the importance of having responsibility for other people too.”

What 2020 has taught us all is to never give up. Whatever you do, whatever stage you are in your career, do not get discouraged. If someone asks what you are doing now, you don’t need to say you are out of work, you are just not getting paid to do something. There is still so much to be accomplished.