Job Search Outlook for 2021

January 5, 2021

No one can predict the future with certainty, especially with a pandemic carrying forward into a new year.

We can be sure, however, that attributes and attitudes that helped employees weather the storm over the past few months will be of high value in the job market in 2021.

People often talk about being able to pivot. How did they handle working from home in 2020?

The phrase results-oriented is often found on resumes. How did those seeking employment produce tangible outcomes despite the pandemic? How well did learning Zoom go for anyone laying claim to being adept with technology?

In this blog, we look at trends job seekers can expect this year and provide some resources on how to answer the questions above and other enquiries they may face about adapting to a work year like no other.

We also look at other factors to consider as you seek new employment in the coming months.

Adrienne Tom, the president and chief executive resume strategist at Career Impressions in Calgary, is routinely referenced in our blogs.

She produced a recent blog addressing trends for executive job searches. However, the insights and advice are very transferrable to any job seeker. It also contains thoughts of several other employment experts in North America:

At The Work Place in Grande Prairie, we follow employment trends closely and are happy to help you adjust your resume and job search documents to meet changes in the job market.

While our physical office is closed, we continue to operate virtually to assist job seekers with a variety of services at no charge.

One-to-one employment counselling services and workshops are available via phone, email or video-based technologies such as Zoom.

Staff can help unemployed and underemployed individuals assess how they can address career decision making, including new skills and training they may want to consider.

Enquiries can be made by calling 780-539-5477. One of our Employment Coaches will be happy to provide you information on our services. You can also email us at Our website is

 More on Trends

Here’s an article from a Toronto recruitment agency that looks at job market trends for the year ahead:

This article looks at job market developments, particularly from a technology perspective:

Check out this link for some factors to consider when you’re thinking of a job change during a tumultuous time:

Job Search Tips For New Year

You’ll find these articles to be of interest for your overall job search preparation:

Reviewing Your Resume

Here are some resources that specifically address changing your resume to fit the new year:

Looking ahead

These resources explore skills and jobs that will be in demand in the years ahead:

Here To Serve You

If you’re currently in the job market, we wish you the best and look forward to helping you land that next great job.