The job market is exceptionally tough and competitive at the moment. Unfortunately, it will remain so for a long time to come, post-COVID-19.
In good times there are precious few opportunities available for people to secure a job for life. In hardening markets, opportunities for this reduce sharply. Securing part-time or short-term contract positions is going to become an increasingly tough ask, especially for older job-seekers.
For those with backgrounds needing to paper-over pasts involving poor choices – or for those who find it difficult to transform previous work experience into a successful job application – the challenge to become an employee can be daunting.
For those for whom securing employment is an impossibility, perhaps they only have one option left to them, if they do not want to rely upon benefits. They must rely upon themselves to plough their own furrows.