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18 September 2020

The future of work: ICT professionals

(From ec.europa.eu ) The occupation under investigation in this article is ICT professionals. This covers people that conduct research, plan, design, write, test, provide advice and improve information technology systems, hardware, software and related concepts for specific applications. Key facts Around 3.5 million people were employed as ICT professionals in 2018. . Employment in the occupation grew by just over 29% between 2006 and 2018. . 71% of IT professionals held a high-level qualification in 2018. . 25% of the workforce held a medium-level qualification in 2018. . ICT is a general-...
18 September 2020

Six advantages of having staff who work from home

(From ec.europa.eu ) Higher quality and productivity Remote working allows staff to spend more time with their family and loved ones and maintain a good work–life balance. Many studies say this is essential for being happier at work; and happy employees produce higher quality work. Additionally, working in open-plan offices can often be less productive due to distractions and a general lack of privacy. More time for work Many employees, especially those based in bigger cities, can spend hundreds of hours per year travelling to and from work. Not only is commuting mentally and physically...
20 July 2020

How to prepare your CV for a job search after COVID-19

(From ec.europa.eu ) Include a variety of digital skills The more digital skills you have, the better! Businesses around the world shifted to remote working almost overnight to protect their employees from COVID-19. They relied on technology more than ever and this isn’t expected to change following the pandemic. The more digital skills you have, the more likely you are to be successful in your job search. Employers will value experience with new online tools as well as the traditional Microsoft 365. Make sure you know how to share your screen and familiarise yourself with popular online...
18 June 2020

8 essential skills to succeed in a post-COVID-19 world

(From ec.europa.eu ) Leadership The spread of the coronavirus may be slowing down, but remote working is becoming more popular. With more offices allowing their employees to work from home, good leadership skills are becoming essential. Team leaders and managers need to be able to inspire and motivate their colleagues and encourage collaboration from a distance. Additionally, with the growth of the gig economy, teams are becoming more fluent, requiring initiative and proactivity from everyone involved. Emotional intelligence Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and be aware of...
03 June 2020

Tips for adapting your job search post COVID-19

(From ec.europa.eu ) The world of job-hunting is no different. As some lockdowns begin to ease and we look forward to the period after COVID-19, here are six short tips to help you adapt your job search to fit the changing world of work. Be open-minded about the kind of roles you’re interested in Whilst the COVID-19 crisis has stopped many companies from hiring altogether, others (e.g. online retail services, courier/mail delivery services, supermarkets and pharmacies) need additional support to meet increased demand as a direct result of it. Staying open-minded about the kind of role you’re...
26 May 2020

How businesses are adapting to the crisis and preparing for a future after COVID-19

(From ec.europa.eu ) Most companies have temporarily altered their working practices, for example switching their staff to teleworking and moving all meetings online. For businesses in some sectors, this transition has been smooth, but for others, it has not been so simple. For many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it has been essential to react quickly to the changes in supply and demand. If you are an employer, you may be looking for inspiration on how to adapt and plan for a future beyond COVID-19. Here are some examples of SMEs and startups that have been adapting their...
21 April 2020

Five things you need to start working from home

(From ec.europa.eu ) IT equipment You’ll probably need a computer or laptop with access to your organisation’s internal network to work from home. Without access to your organisation’s network, you may not be able to view everything that you need to. This may be provided by your employer, or you may be able to access the network from your own device. Tip 1: Depending on your role, you may need a second screen so that you can easily view several documents or pages at the same time. If you don’t have a second computer monitor at home, ask your employer if they can provide one. If not, you could...
20 March 2020

The future of work: Hospitality and retail managers

(From ec.europa.eu ) The second occupation under investigation is hospitality and retail managers. This covers people working as hotel and restaurant managers, retail and wholesale trade managers, and managers of other services that include sports, recreation and cultural services. Key facts Around 4.2 million people were employed as hospitality and retail managers in 2018. . Employment in the occupation grew by just over 3% between 2006 and 2018. . Autonomy, creativity and resolution, and the ability to service and attend are the most important tasks and skills for employees in this field...
10 March 2020

8 reasons you should consider seasonal work

(From ec.europa.eu ) 1. Access entry-level positions Seasonal employment often offers entry-level positions that would be a lot harder to find in other sectors. This can provide a stepping-stone, giving you experience that could lead to a relevant career opportunity later on. 2. Try out a new field of work or employer If you’re looking to try out a new career path, or are interested in working with a different employer, seasonal employment can allow you to test this out safe in the knowledge that, if you don’t like it, you aren’t committed to it in the long term. 3. Make use of unique skills...
13 August 2020

Top priorities for employers in a post-COVID-19 world

(From ec.europa.eu ) Support flexible working In a post-COVID-19 world, it’s important for employers to continue to allow their staff to work from home, if possible. Many workers will probably choose to return to the office, but employees with weak immune systems and those living with at-risk people should have the option to work from the safety of their homes. Additionally, business owners should make sure their teleworkers have all the necessary tools and devices to do their jobs efficiently. Protect employee health Business owners should follow their national legislation and make sure...

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