On job hunt
ployers, while a lack of jobs being available in their area or line of work was cited by one in five jobseekers.
Sixty per cent of them were aged 55 years and over and 53 per cent of them were women.
Workers also find it difficult to get work because of the number of people competing for the same job.
Fifteen per cent of jobseekers cite there are too many applicants for the available jobs while 10 per cent find not having enough work experi- ence as their main barrier. Roche says workers also need to consider the competition for roles dependent on salary, which can also affect the time it takes to get a job.
There are more roles available at the $40,000 to $60,000 salary mark, for example, than there are at the $300,000 mark, which are more difficult to gain, he says.
‘‘ These people who have the most mobility, from a time position, are at entry-level $40,000 to $60,000,’’ he says.
‘‘ The other picture boils down to level of specialisation.
‘‘ It can work for your or against you – there’s quite high demand for people who have that level of expertise.
‘‘ You might be in quite a specialised area (but) year-onyear it becomes less relevant.’’
He says those that do not spend much time looking through advertisements, networking or making direct approaches to employers also will struggle to get work quickly.
He agrees it can be hard for those working 40 or 50 hours a week to dedicate time but compares it to managing an investment portfolio worth the same amount as their salary.
‘‘ Stop. Do some selfreflection and analysis, create some definition to what you’re best suited to,’’ he says.
‘‘ Then once you’ve sorted job targets based on analysis of yourself, make a plan and that will direct your time.’’