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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Meeting the challenge of the changing world of work

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An open mind and a flexible attitude are the new essentials for navigating a changing job market in a “gig economy”.

Ryan + Alexander are regional recruitment specialists formed in, and focused on, the Bay of Plenty.

Co-director Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins says the job market had already been shifting, so while the current situation might seem daunting, new opportunities are out there. They may just look different.

“We have seen a shift over the past decade to more of a gig economy,” she says. “The world of work has been changing.”

A gig economy is a job market characterised by a prevalence of short term, temporary or contract roles. Contract and temporary work opportunities are likely to rise locally as businesses work to establish their new ‘norm’.

Employers may be looking to establish a new team or reconfigure their existing one after an uncertain period in recent months.

They may need to change their attraction strategy, offering flexible hours or working from home options.

If redundancies become inevitable, Ryan + Alexander provides a programme to support team members facing this change in circumstances.

Job seekers can also seek support from Ryan + Alexander in career coaching, interview skills, curriculum vitae writing, and help with telling their story in the most effective way to prospective employers.

Working in markets as diverse as the United Kingdom, China and Italy, Ryan + Alexander co-director Kiri Burney “a Waikato farm girl at heart” and her Rotorua raised business partner are entirely focused on matching Bay of Plenty employers with exceptional people.

They have placed many outstanding people since opening their boutique agency in Tauranga in 2016.

The directors of Ryan + Alexander say the biggest change that employers may see is more applicants for a role than they would have previously due to the global pandemic.

“It’s our role to help clients and candidates to navigate the changing market over the coming uncertain months, through the good times and not so good times.

“Because of our primary industry base, the Bay of Plenty region is better placed than most to come through intact by adapting and innovating in the way that this region is so well known for.”

You can get in touch with any of the Ryan + Alexander team via the website ryanandalexander.co.nz or contact Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins directly on bernadette@ryanandalexander.co.nz

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