163. How to job search in 2023: An expert's view on the job market and recruitment trends with Geoff Slade

career planning job hunting Dec 05, 2022
How to prepare to job search in 2023

In this episode, recorded live on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook, Geoff Slade and I discuss the year that was, analyzing the major job market trends that have been a Hallmark of 2022 post-pandemic. We also look at the year ahead; specifically, the in-demand skills and job market opportunities we believe can support professionals plan for a successful job-search strategy.

Geoff Slade has worked at the forefront of the recruitment industry for over 50 years. He is the Executive Chairman of Slade Group, TRANSEARCH International Australia, Yellow Folder Research, and Skillstream Australia. 

During the live recording of this episode, we had over 50 participants listening as we recorded, sending us comments and feedback. I hope you enjoy this chat with Geoff and that it helps you plan ahead for a successful job hunt in the months ahead.

About our guest: Geoff Slade

Geoff Slade has worked at the forefront of the Recruitment Industry for over 50 years. He is the Executive Chairman of Slade Group and TRANSEARCH International Australia. Geoff is also Chairman of Yellow Folder Research and Skillstream Australia. He is involved in several professional associations and is a Non-Executive Director of Alzheimer's Victoria.

A Chartered Management Consultant, Geoff is a past President of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA) - Geoff was, in fact, the founding Chairman of RCSA, the industry's education body. He was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the recruitment industry. Many of Australia's leading consultants have worked for and been trained by Geoff at various times in the last three decades. He is also a regular speaker at major industry conferences.

In 1967, Geoff relocated to London to take Slade to the international market, initially creating GW Slade and Associates. By 1988 and looking for a change, Geoff sold GW Slade to Blue Arrow (later known as Manpower), a British multinational pursuing international expansion. Geoff took up a newly created role as the Head of Human Resources with Pacific Dunlop. In 1991, Geoff re-launched Slade Group, which quickly moved to the forefront of recruitment in Australia, where it remains today.


04:37 - Geoff Slade discusses the 2022 job market

05:52 - Geoff Slade explains why the recruitment process is taking longer than pre-pandemic 

07:09 - Sectors and professions at risk of redundancy in 2023

08:35 - Should you apply for a job this December or wait until next year?

10:45 - What has been different in the recruitment industry since the pandemic?

11:48 - Geoff Slade explains what it takes to be a good recruiter

13:20 - What makes people so antagonistic about sales?

14:47 - How recruiters handle the high volume of applications

16:08 - Are recruiters still keen to catch up with candidates?

19:00 - Are cover letters still important?

20:00 - Geoff Slade looks ahead at 2023 trends for jobs

24:00 - The top skills for job candidates in 2023

25:53 - Three factors that will shape the future labor supply globally

28:00 - How is the Slade Group keeping up with the technology change

33:21 - Geoff Slade explained the importance of being entrepreneurial when job hunting

36:58 - Renata Bernarde's client's biggest challenges

39:30 - The importance of LinkedIn for corporate professionals

41:25 - Flexibility and part-time opportunities 

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

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