Searching for a job is a hard and frustrating task that you will endure in your life. According to the masterpiece “What Color is your Parachute” in all its 20+ editions, there are two main job search strategies with different tools. Bare them in mind before you start your job search, and know which one fits you the most. 

The Traditional Strategy

The first strategy depends on the job market. If you follow this strategy, which you’re usually pushed towards by the way, you need to answer the following basic questions:

  • What fields are saturated with employees and can’t keep up with the supply of candidates?
  • What fields need more candidates to fill their vacant positions?
  • Based on the number of available jobs and the fierceness of candidates’ competition, what field are you going to seek a job in? 
  • What skills are required in this field? How do you gain such skills?

So taking this market-centric approach means that you will basically fit yourself into the market rather than look for what fits your aspiration and skills.

The Revolutionary Strategy

The second strategy depends more on your knowledge of who you are, what you are looking for in a job, what skills you love to use versus what skills you hate to use and your career interests. 

In this approach, your understanding of the job market is secondary. You can know more about this strategy by reading this article.

The job market is essential in both approaches

So, your understanding of the job market you’re targeting a job at is an essential tool no matter what job search strategy you follow. There are more essential job search tools like your professional network, your online profile, CV and cover letter, but we won’t get into details regarding these here.

Which approach fits you more?

Urgency plays a huge role in determining your career actions, including the strategy you adopt to search for the perfect job. The Revolutionary Strategy needs more patience and is naturally more selective. Someone who is in dire need for a job isn’t expected to select their job based on the ‘skills they love to use’, they usually work with whatever they can do, not whatever they love to do. 

On the other hand, one approach is more popular in one market than another. The welfare of a country and job availability in the market play a huge role in the approach job seekers in this market adopt.

The Egyptian Job Market in 2020

It’s safe to assume that since you’re reading this article, you’re interested in the job market in Egypt. Therefore, while keeping Coronavirus effects in mind, we’re bringing you the latest insights in this regard from WUZZUF to help you find answers to the questions we started the article with. WUZZUF is a reliable source of understanding what the whole Egyptian job market is shaping up because 60% of white-collar jobs in Egypt are available on our portal. 

Top 10 Available Fields in 2020

  • Sales/Retail
  • IT/Software Development
  • Engineering – Telecom/Technology
  • Customer Service/Support
  • Marketing/PR/Advertising
  • Administration
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Media/Journalism/Publishing
  • Engineering – Mechanical/Electrical
  • Operations/Management

Charts Charts Charts:

Let’s assume that the 10 most demanded fields are 100%, and you want to know what percentage each top field represents from this 100% in 2020 in the Egyptian job market; check the following chart.

Takeout:

The previous chart shows that sales, IT/software, and engineering telecom are the most available fields in the 1st 3 quarters of 2020 (January to September). 

Most 10 Competitive Fields in 2020

Based on the average of 105 applicants per job in 2020 (which calculate by dividing the total number of applicants in 2020 by the total number of jobs in the same year), here are the 10 most competitive fields in 2020:

  • Banking
  • Accounting/Finance
  • C-Level Executive/GM/Director
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Engineering – Construction/Civil/Architecture
  • Manufacturing/Production
  • R&D/Science
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Administration

Charts Charts Charts:

Let’s assume that the 10 most competitive roles are 100%, and you want to know the average number of people that compete on the fields and the percentage they represent from this 100%; check the following chart:

Takeout:

Again, keeping in mind that the average number of applicants (competition) for a field on WUZZUF is 105, the previous chart shows us that the competition is fierce in all of the 10 most competitive fields that job seekers apply for. Banking and accounting jobs the most, while these fields are not even in the top 10 available jobs in 2020.

Least 10 Competitive Fields in 2020

Based on the average of 105 applicant per job in 2020, here are the 10 least competitive fields:

  • Sports and Leisure
  • Sales/Retail
  • Strategy/Consulting
  • Fashion
  • IT/Software Development
  • Engineering – Telecom/Technology
  • Education/Teaching
  • Hospitality/Hotels/Food Services
  • Business Development
  • Medical/Healthcare

Charts Charts Charts:

Let’s assume that the 10 least competitive roles are 100%, and you want to know the average number of people that compete on the fields and the percentage they represent from this 100%; check the following chart:

Takeout:

One last time, keeping in mind that the average number of applicants (competition) for a field on WUZZUF is 105, the previous chart shows us that the competition is pretty easy in all the 10 most competitive fields that job seekers apply for. Low average competition for jobs in Sales and IT/software development fields stand out here because both jobs are the 1st and 2nd most available jobs in 2020 in Egypt!

No matter what job search strategy you follow, knowing what the job market has to offer regarding the available jobs and the competition is crucial for a successful job hunt.
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