COVID-19 has had an extreme impact on the national and global economy as well as the employment sector since its emergence back in March of this year. People have been made jobless and the ones on the search for jobs have found themselves in a deep dark hole. But worry not because there is light at the end of this tunnel. This pandemic may be causing turmoil almost in every aspect of our lives but we still hold some power and control. When it comes to looking for a job in this crisis, there are some things you can do to heighten your chances of landing a position or to merely adjust yourself to this new world. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Update your online professional persona: The world we live in now is digital and this pandemic has pushed us further into the hands of technology. Therefore, building an online professional profile will help keep you competitive and also stay relevant. Using online job portals and having your CV uploaded and updated can allow companies to find you and for you to find them.
Looking in the right places: Not all job portals or platforms may be ideal for you and your type of occupation. Hence, keep in mind what type of job you are searching for and only use portals that cater to those. You can also use traditional networking to find the right job – asking friends and family may just help you get the job of your dreams.
Sharpen your skills: You never know when you may need to refresh or boost your pre-existing skills to fit the requirements of a certain job. Keep your skills in check, make yourself stand out more in the crowd and make your CV heavier. This is not only good for when you’re looking for a job but always in general.
Asking for help and staying in touch: It’s not at all embarrassing to ask people for help when it comes to looking for a job. Feel no shame and make sure you let everyone know you’re on the hunt and to help you out. You never know what could be hiding right under your nose and who could come to your aid. Along with that make sure you stay in touch with your contacts. Building rapport and networking is key to landing a good job whilst nurturing your career.
Practice phone and video interviews: In the time of this outbreak, using video and phone calls for interviews has become prevalent at the very least. So, if you’re looking for a job, get ready to face people online and learn all the online etiquettes to be maintained during these interviews – practice some beforehand so you are prepared if the occasion calls for it.
Consider taking a temp, internship or freelance job: Any opportunity is a learning experience and the same goes for career growth. If you’re stuck at one point, not finding any full-time jobs, consider looking into temp jobs, internships and freelancing gigs to get started. This will also help you with skill development and add more experiences in your CV; you never know who may end up hiring you full time.
Always keep looking and be patient: Remember never to give up – Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same goes for looking for a job in this turbulent situation. Give yourself the time to take breaks while searching but never stop the hunt. Stay patient and stay relevant by keeping up with networking and applying to several types of jobs.
There is no magic potion to drink to get a job during this pandemic but there is hope! Maintaining a positive and hopeful mindset can help you gather the courage to keep moving forward in your job hunting adventures, and one day you may just stumble upon what you were looking for. Good luck!