Job searching should be fun, nerve-wracking and educational, all at the same time. Why? A big reason is that it is your future that you are technically shaping, it is true to say that you are the creator of your own destiny, so why not shape it the way you want it?
Standing out to employers is super important, and as found in another article of ours, there are simple steps that can be taken to really improve those chances. But what is interesting is that relocating could really bump up the probability of being offered a pay rise. Not only is this quite surprising and exciting for the majority of millennials but the opportunity is not being utilised as much as it could be. So what does that mean? There is a gap.
Resolution Foundation has found that there has been a drop in UK labour mobility since the turn of the millennium. This means that the attitude of a lot of young workers and graduates is showing an ‘unwillingness’ to move for their job/career There could be many reasons for this: 1. people are fearful of moving away to a new place and leaving behind their sense of belonging 2. there is a fear of the relocation not improving their job/career happiness (the person may not be currently fulfilled in their role, so why would relocating improve things?) 3. the person is not open-minded to new opportunities, and many more reasons.
A study carried out by the think tank group shows that the population of people willing to move region for their job fell from 0.8% to 0.6% in 2016. This news is despite the rising costs of rent in and around London and the increase in a number of graduates coming from the university. There is a lot more competition now compared to the past, which makes it even more important to be willing to relocate and chase opportunities. Having an open mind is vital to success.
Resolution Foundation found that the decline was motivated by the young, in particular, the younger generation, many of whom had just graduated from university. Research shows that a person under the age of 30 receives an average of an 11% rise in their wages, which is quite a significant increase.
Is it time for the stay-at-home mindset to change?
Job-searching needs to be very proactive but with the right attitude and willingness at the core.
Positive change needs positive action, after all.