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Employment Outlook and Opportunities for Next-in-Line Managers Across the Region  

 European Career GuideThe Market
Employment demand in EMEA plummeted during the 2008/2009 recession, resulting in a 1.8% decline in employment, and unemployment rates hovering above nine percent. Hiring demand is starting to recover, but remains sluggish. Some of the strategies that helped to save jobs at the beginning of the crisis, such as reduced working hours, have begun to reverse, keeping downward pressure on hiring rates. None of this is good news for employees looking for the next step in their career, however, there are opportunities depending on how you position yourself and your skill set.

The Focus 
Instability and uncertainty in the EU business sector doesn’t seem likely to abate in the coming year. Instead of waiting for recovery or measures adopted by local governments, EU business leaders are now looking to take a more proactive approach. To overcome the constraints posed by the economic, businesses in the region will be focusing on the following key areas: Higher-level skills; an open labour market; technology, patents & innovation; and sustainability

The Skills 
As the skills shortages at the higher end of the labour market intensify, shortages of skills such as creativity, innovative thinking, as well as higher-order technical skills threaten to limit organizations’ abilities to serve the needs of their clients and customers. Global shortages of skills in the science and mathematics fields will hit the region hard as it attempts to increase the sophistication of manufacturing, address the longer term energy and resources challenges and expand business across new information technology platforms.

The Sell 
For mid- to senior-level positions, more often than not, the job comes to you rather than the other way around. However, there are ways to increase the likelihood that the right job will find you.

The Reward 
Regardless of your role, skill level or industry, it pays to know what you’re worth before you start negotiating. If you know that a particular skill is in high demand and you have it, you should do your research to find out what other firms are paying for it.

The First Six Months 
So you’ve secured the right role and start tomorrow. Before you get too comfortable, you should know that your biggest challenge still lies ahead: making the role a success. The first six months of a new role are critical. This is when you set the expectations for the rest of your tenure and when people will be keen to know what you have to offer. Three of our key leaders in the EMEA region share their advice on what to focus on in the first six months of your new role. Read more... 3 Things to Consider in a New Job, by Dominic Graham, PT Director, Kelly Services UK and Ireland.


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