‘As the jobs market reopens, be ready to seize opportunities’

Tony Gregg November 2020

For the 3 million people who work in British retail, the past 12 months have, almost without exception, been extremely challenging. Whether you’ve been stretched to your limit working for an ‘essential’ retailer or faced with the uncertainty of being furloughed, I wager it’s not an experience many would wish to repeat.

But it’s those people who have lost their jobs during the pandemic that arguably deserve our greatest sympathy.

From store and supply chain workers to senior executives, the demise of businesses such as Debenhams and Arcadia Group has negatively impacted thousands of people.

An enforced period of job-seeking is difficult at the best of times, but people in this position now have the added challenge of relaunching their career following the greatest period of disruption to the retail sector in a generation.

So how should you set about the task?

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