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Chloe Stout 17.12.2020 3Search Updates, Analytics, Careers Advice, Employers, Graduates, In the News, Interview tips, Job Search, Marketing & Business Development, Technology

2020: A Year In Review for Recruitment

2020 has certainly been a year for the history books!

We've asked our consultants to reflect on this crazy year and their thoughts on how recruitment will look in 2021. The new year is almost here! Read on to hear about:


3Search International and Executive Search
Marketing, Digital & E-Commerce
Data Analytics, Insights & Research
Bids
B2B Marketing
Property Marketing
Communications
Technology & Professional Services
Delivery

 

3Search International and Executive Search
Andy Sellers

What has this year taught you?
  • You do have friends in business and they have been the people who have stuck by us and given us work in 2020.
  • I’ve learnt more about myself in this year than the previous decade of working in marketing and digital recruitment. Naturally, you learn more about yourself in adversity. It’s been great to go through it with the team and it feels like we are a much tighter unit from having gone through this experience. 
  • Working from home can be effective but nothing replaces the culture of an office environment. 
  • Face to face meetings (where it’s been appropriate to have them) have been much more effective than video calls. In a people-based business nothing will replace that ‘face time’. 


How has 2020 changed your industry?

It’s made businesses more cautious around their hiring, and really made people assess what roles are ‘must-haves’ in an organisation. Firms in general have been strategic about their hiring and it’s led to businesses assessing what they really need.

We’ve seen hiring increase in certain areas as a result of businesses stopping and thinking about what’s important for them and what they need right now. 

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

Short term: not a huge amount will change. Interviewing and onboarding remotely will continue, but I expect to return to a level of normality in 2021.

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

Try not to take a job or a pay cut that is of a lesser standard than you’ve operated at previously, as it is very difficult to renegotiate a salary once we are back to ‘normal’. It depresses salaries across the board for marketing and digital roles. 

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

The ability to travel freely again (on holiday). 

Marketing, Digital & E-Commerce


Michael Judkins

What has this year taught you?

  • That I can manage my team remotely and I don’t need to be face to face to get the best out of them at times.
  • That being with my sons more has been beneficial for me and them and to ensure moving forward I continue to have that time together
  • That running / being outside is the best form of relaxation for someone like me and to prioritise that moving forward.


How has 2020 changed your industry?

  • There has been a huge shift towards online businesses growing quicker than expected. It seems E-Commerce and Digital talent is at the forefront of most people’s hiring plans currently.
  • We’ve seen a huge reduction in recruiting for traditional bricks and mortar companies or services that required physical activity, such as holidays.
  • Subscription models for everything…


What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

I think it will be really competitive for strong digital talent and that good candidates are going to be even more sought after.

We should see people moving as new jobs are created in digital. Plus, given the year we’ve had, my prediction is that people will want to make a move and change roles in 2021 to ensure they are working for / with something that aligns to their values.

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

  • Continue to upskill in your digital marketing capability. Understanding performance channels and being more hands on / into the technical side will ensure that you stand out from others in the market.
  • Look for businesses with investment and who have the opportunity to scale. They will be the ones hiring and continuing to grow in 2021.
  • Work with 3Search to find your next role 😊

 
What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

  • Being able to hug family and friends again and just socialising / catching up with people how we used to.
  • Not talking about COVID-19 too much…

 
Jasmin Eastwood

What has this year taught you?

Resilience

How has 2020 changed your industry?

Our eCommerce retail clients did well. Sales have been increasing, allowing them to invest more in eCommerce and digital marketers.

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

I think really busy!! I believe businesses and people will have seen the importance of investing in talent in digital / ecommerce and will continue to do so.

I also think that more traditional retail businesses will invest more in this space and change their focus.

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

If you’re operating in the digital space, I would mention achievements in specific channels. Such as ROI, CPA, YOY growth on channels such as PPC, paid social, display. This shows the success you can bring to another brand!

A mention of successes during the pandemic could be useful, too.

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

Life going back to normal and more businesses getting themselves into a better position.

 

Data Analytics, Insights & Research


Rupert Stevens

What has this year taught you?

To be compassionate! You really don’t know how tough someone’s situation is.

How has 2020 changed your industry?

Data is more in the news than ever before and being widely discussed by the public – think epidemiology graphs and R-nought curves on social media!

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

Many businesses will hire digital analysts for the first time as they look to understand how customers / potential customers are behaving on their website.

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021

Keep up to date with the latest developments in technologies, and really focus on trying to get commercial experience in high in demand tech.

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

Being spontaneous / not having to plan everrythingggggg

Bids


David Bremner 

What has this year taught you?

My home economic skills are A*

How has 2020 changed your industry?

The attitude to work-winning functions has dramatically shifted from a support function to “business-critical”! The vast majority of bid and proposal teams have been busier and ring-fenced in the face of redundancies.

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

Companies will be more competitive with their hiring strategy. The catchment area for candidates is expanding, opening the door for more remote working.

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

There’s no better time to network and partner with a specialist recruiter.

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

Live music

 

B2B Marketing


David Wall

What has this year taught you?

Don’t take anything for granted!

How has 2020 changed your industry?

  • For B2B firms, “standing out” is more important than ever, so firms are reliant on their marketing teams to do just that.
  • We have also seen a lot of internal comms roles created to help companies better engage with their remote workforce.

 
What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

Busy! A number of firms delayed hiring in the middle of 2020, which has caused a backlog of roles – we have never been so busy in December and we are sure that will continue into the new year (Brexit uncertainty aside…).

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

Focus on what you are good at – be a specialist. The current trend is for companies looking to hire for specific skills rather than generalists, so find your niche!

The job market has also swung back in favour of businesses. If you are looking for a new role, it will be competitive, so you need to be able to show off your skills. 

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

Pubs being open again

Property Marketing


Charlotte Titmuss

What has this year taught you?
  • That I’m definitely better working from home than I thought I was!
  • That the way businesses treat employees is so important. Candidates will focus their job search on businesses that have treated their employees well and prioritised their physical and mental health.

How has 2020 changed your industry?


I think COVID hit the Real-Estate industry really hard, but I’m amazed at how quickly it's bounced back!

It wasn’t looking good for property firms at the start of the first lockdown, with no one allowed to move house, build properties or work from the office. But the businesses that survived aren’t necessarily the ones that used the government support scheme, but rather utilised their Marketers and took everything digital as quickly as possible. This ensured continued engagement from the start of the pandemic.

I think it’s changed the way people look at properties, and I know people’s ‘list of wants’ has changed a lot! As a result, my Estate Agency clients have seen record months towards the end of the Summer, whereas Super-Prime firms with an international audience have really struggled.

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

I think property has bounced back and seems to be making up for lost time. There’s been a focus on Digital and Communications over the past few months, which I expect to continue.

There may be quite a bit of movement in the job market as the vaccine get distributed more widely. We’ve spoken to many candidates that want to make a move, but are nervous to jump businesses when they don’t have the safety net of the Furlough scheme or risk redundancy soon after joining. Once the economy starts to recover, and the R-rate falls, we expect to see a huge wave of movement as candidates look for their next step.

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

I would advise all candidates to ensure they're applying for jobs that match their experience. Blanket applying doesn’t work, and recruiters will start to notice you’re applying for a lot of things and not necessarily reading the requirements.

I would also suggest candidates to be adjusting their CVs for applications. I appreciate some adverts are vague, but it’s impossible to have a CV that fits every job application. If a job mentions a specific type of experience (e.g. CRM) make sure it’s at the very top of the CV! Make it very obvious that you match the requirements.

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

I’m most looking forward to being back in the office as normal. I’ve learnt a lot about the way I work best, now I’ve been working from home. But there’s nothing like an office buzz to get you pumped up!


Communications


Emma Litster

What has this year taught you?

People are really resilient. They can adapt to different working environments and different ways of working a lot quicker than I thought they could.

How has 2020 changed your industry?

Companies are investing a lot more into their internal comms teams which is great.

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

  • It will be busy. I’m already recruiting for January starters as companies are really investing in their comms teams.
  • The virtual process is also a lot more streamlined than it was at the start, meaning companies will be moving even faster to snap up top talent!


What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

Don’t let 2020 put you off, make the move if you’re ready to do so! So many businesses are thriving, so it’s a great time to look for a new role.

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

Being able to properly socialise with the 3Search team and to see family / friends again!

 

Technology & Professional Services

 Lucy Matthews

How has 2020 changed your industry?

Tech is doing really well – most business have had to invest in their tech, so it’s been a busy period. We’ve seen an increase in anti-fraud tech / AML tech, as financial fraudsters can do a lot of damage in an uncertain environment!

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

Pretty positive – more technical marketing hires

What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

When applying for roles, do your research to make sure the role is right for you and that you are right for them! It’s very flattering for a client to receive a tailored CV and helps so much in your application.

And stay positive!

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

  • Seeing my family!
  • Being back with the work team and being able to all go out for a drink and not worry about COVID!

 

Delivery


Sam Temperton

What has this year taught you?

Life is full of surprises, both good and bad. Seize the good and learn from the bad.

How has 2020 changed your industry?

The transition to “digital”. Pre-Covid it was often just nice to have, but now it’s a necessity. Those making this transition last will be left behind.

What will hiring in your space look like as we head into 2021?

  • I believe I will be engaged on roles where home working is established as a “given” – 2-3 days a week will likely be the norm.
  • Candidates will also pay more attention to how firms navigated the pandemic. Both financially and with regards to the treatment of their employees.


What advice do you have for candidates in 2021?

Don’t be afraid of recruiters! It is a candidate rich market and using a recruiter to boost your profile above general applicants for a role can be a dealbreaker.

Likewise, use your network! Everyone is likely to have worked (successfully) alongside many senior and influential people in their roles – where are those leaders now? Do they need help in their current business? Can they recommend you to a colleague or peer? Don’t be scared to ask – everyone wants to help.

What are you looking forward to most post-covid?

I’m looking forward to being able to meet people face-to-face: family, friends, clients and candidates. I enjoy the convenience of phone and zoom calls, but face-to-face contact has been missed.

And I’m also looking forward to getting away somewhere hot…




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