2016 is expected to be a challenging year for job seekers, with the London market becoming increasingly competitive amidst a slowdown in growth

[1]. That said, the outlook for highly skilled individuals and managerial staff[2] is positive whilst at least a third of London-based firms are upbeat and expect to grow over the next 12 months.

The key to securing a job in such a competitive market is to remain dedicated, prepared, and focused. The additional challenge is that most of you will also be working full-time when you embark on this journey. That is where a career coach comes in.

Why use the help of a Career Coach:

1- A career coach is a qualified professional whose sole purpose is to help you secure the right job for you and whose goals are exactly aligned to yours. Relative to the potential benefits you will get from having a career you want, and the time it will save you, hiring a career coach is a small investment.

 2- A coach will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls that elude so many newcomers to the UK job market. Indeed, as much as the UK market is efficient and transparent, it also relies heavily on personal networks and is very different to France and most European countries. In the UK, recruiting happens mainly through 3 avenues: personal networks/referrals, direct approaches from recruiters who specialize by industry, and through applying for advertised jobs. As you can imagine, your chances of securing a job through the first two are much higher as competition is likely to be more limited. This is just one example of the kind of tips a career coach may be able to give you. Also, a coach could help identify the best recruiting firms/head hunters amongst the hundreds (of varying quality) that exist around London and the UK.

3- Initially, a career coach will give you a realistic and honest pictureof your strengths and weaknesses. It is also someone who can help you identify your passion or the career best suited for you.

 4- A career coach can also help you improve your online visibility, which is increasingly important today, not only because so much is happening online but also because recruiters search through thousands of online profiles by using key words which you need to be familiar with. Your paper CV is still very important too, and a coach will show you how to (dramatically) improve it.

 5- Once you do get noticed, the all important phone (and later in person) interviews will follow and whilst practice makes perfect, a professional coach can be of invaluable help. Preparing with a coach will ensure you feel confident throughout this daunting process and will help you with mock interviews, and provide you constant feedback.Some interview processes will consist of standardised tests that a career coach is only too familiar with.

So, if you are overwhelmed by your career change, Get in touch with a career coach who suit you…

[1] [a majority (81%) of London businesses are not looking to recruit in 2016 –UK National Careers Services

[2] Difficulties in recruiting continue into 2015 with 49% of firms having difficulties finding suitable workers especially skilled manual or technical staff. 33% of recruiting firms found it difficult to recruit for professional and managerial staff. Confidence in the London economy remains positive despite a recent drop. 33% of companies surveyed expected their firm to grow over the next 12 months. UK National Careers Services