Why aren't you looking for a new job?

It’s never been a better time to look for a new job.

The number of jobs listed on Trade Me has continued to grow year on year and the unemployment rate is now below 5%. This means there are more jobs out there and fewer people applying for them so you’ve got less competition. In fact, the number of applications per job ad is down 13% on this time last year.

It’s not just the lack of competition in a booming market for job hunters that should be tempting you to take a look at new opportunities. Here are some other great reasons to get you thinking about your next step:

  • When your skills are in high demand, you’re in a much better position to negotiate conditions like pay and flexible working conditions, because employers know they need to work harder to attract the right candidates.

  • When employers are struggling to fill roles it can provide an opportunity for you to take a step up in your career. Some organisations are more willing to train or extend candidates into roles beyond their current experience and skills.

  • A booming job market gives you a chance to take a sideways step into a related industry or role if you’re open to changing tack and applying your skills in a different way.

If you’re still on the fence about looking for a new role, start by setting up a saved search on Trade Me Jobs so that you can get a good idea of what’s out there in your industry and salary range. Let us do the job hunting for you – delivered straight to your inbox.

On the other hand, if you’ve been looking for a while without success, don’t lose heart! This is a good opportunity to reevaluate what you’re looking for and broaden your search to other industries, roles or locations.