Hiring in January: What Does the 2021 Jobs Outlook Have in Store?

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Hiring in January: What Does the 2021 Jobs Outlook Have in Store?

It’s no secret 2020 has been a rough year for everyone including employers and job seekers. Here’s a look ahead at what the hiring jobs outlook might be in 2021

2020 has been a downright bleak year for the job market. Thanks to Covid-19, the US unemployment rate is 6.7%. You might be one of those people. You’re waiting out the holidays to see the jobs outlook.

You read and see news of a Covid-19 vaccine. You aren’t sure how long it will take before the economy springs back to life and companies start hiring again. It’s best to start thinking about your job strategy now.

Read on for an in-depth exploration of the 2021 jobs outlook.

2021 Jobs

It can only get better, right? With multiple vaccines on the market and a new Presidential administration, normal life is on the horizon. The question is, will our once mighty economic engine roar again? Or will it sputter to start?

Rosy forecasts based on stock market stability are well and good, but what do they mean for the nearly 21 million people out of work?

A few economists point toward what they call “pent up demand” as a main economic driver in the coming year. These are the people with expendable income who’ve not been able to travel or dine out at a restaurant.

These economists predict this demand will explode once a vaccine allows for loose restrictions. If they’re correct, what to look for in 2021 is a hospitality industry boom.

2021 Hiring Trends

If these economists predicting a boom are correct, other sectors will hire in 2021. A recent survey of industry leaders showed that many companies will look to beef up their IT and technology departments.

After that, customer service looks to be a high priority among companies. This survey predicts a competitive, robust market for marketing and sales. If you work in one of these fields, it’s reasonable to see openings start in the first quarter.

Though many predictions show a glut of job openings, these hiring companies are not interested in lowering their standards. There will more than likely be more people than positions open. Expect a competitive market no matter the industry.

Improve Your Odds

What can you do to improve your chances at landing a job in a rebounding 2021 economy? Start now. While a relaxing holiday season is tempting, you need to formulate your plans and get everything in order.

More than likely, you’ve let your resume go. Make sure it’s clean and updated. If you can, send out some holiday emails or cards to former colleagues and clients to reestablish working relationships. You want them to remember you.

It never hurts to send out a few applications over the holidays. If you see something, hop on it. Get the jumpstart on the post-Covid market.

The New Year’s Jobs Outlook

2020 can’t be over fast enough. A global health crisis, civil unrest, and a contested Presidential election stressed us enough. Combine those with massive unemployment and we’re all hoping for the best in 2021.

What is the 2021 jobs outlook? A rebound in the hospitality industry, IT, customer service, and marketing is imminent. Make sure you get through the holidays as safe as possible and get ready to hit the ground running in the new year.

If you need a job, or you’re recruiting new talent, JSK Recruiting is here to help. Contact us today.