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Many people who have been out of the workforce are nervous about returning to their old jobs or seeking new ones.
It's easy to get anxious when you're trying to re-enter the workforce after taking some time off. You might worry that your skills are outdated, your resume is too long, and employers will judge you because of your break from work.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, employment increased by 777,900 people (6.3 per cent) to 13,154,200 people from the beginning of the year until June 2021, which means it is a competitive environment right now.
The labour market is changing, and it's more competitive than ever, so you need to be prepared with the skills that employers are looking for to get back into the workforce.
It's now more important than ever to have a well-rounded skillset and knowledge of the latest trends in your industry.
In addition, you need to adapt quickly if you want to stay competitive in today's job market. This article will teach you how to overcome these challenges and succeed in today's job market.
Get the right credentials for the job you crave
People that need to learn new skills are often unsure about where to start. Learning a new skill can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be expensive. There are dozens of government-subsidised courses in Victoria that you can access for free or at a low cost.
With these courses, you'll be able to gain qualifications in industries like construction, hospitality or IT - no matter your age or background. These courses will help you get on the ladder of opportunity and make it easier than ever before to achieve your goals.
Be realistic about your short term goals and stay calm
Returning to work can be a complex process. You may feel disconnected, anxious, or even resentful. You must take care of yourself and set realistic expectations for your return so that it goes smoothly.
The best way for you to get back into things is by taking small steps at first and then gradually building on that momentum until you find your groove again. By starting small, you will soon be achieving big things.
Understand how the employment market has changed
A combination of modern technologies and trends and the advent of COVID-19 has changed employment across all industries.
The ripple effects of COVID-19 have led to more people turning to study, using downtime from employment to upskill and become skilled in new careers or better qualified for their own industry.
Over a quarter (28 per cent) of all Australians aged 18 or over have enrolled in some form of study since the beginning of 2021.
More and more Australians are embracing flexible work environments as well, with 67 per cent of employees now working at least one day from home, compared to 42 per cent pre-COVID.
Many industries have changed because of COVID-19 and other disruptions, so it is essential to go online and research your industry (or the new industry you want to work in) to discover the unique challenges and changes that have occurred.
By arming yourself with knowledge, you will have the confidence to gain the right skills and present your best case when applying formally.
Most of all, stay positive. There are plenty of opportunities across a wide range of industries and job types available, and with the proper research, training and attitude, you can achieve almost anything you set your mind to.
Now is the perfect time to upskill for a bright tomorrow.