6 tips for finding a new job during a pandemic
Did you plan to start looking for a new job shortly before the Covid-19 outbreak and are now unsure whether or not you should? Or maybe you’ve been compelled to look for a new job due to a change in circumstances brought on by the coronavirus outbreak?
In any case, it’s critical to remember that you could always find a new job during this period, or any other period of economic instability or crisis. So, what steps can you take to increase your chances of landing a new job?
1. Cultivate confidence
- Look back at your accomplishments and successes while thinking about the challenges you’ve successfully overcome.
- You might also cultivate confidence by repeating positive affirmations to yourself every morning and in the evening, reflecting on what has gone well that day and concentrating on your own journey of professional progress and growth instead of comparing yourself to others.
- The more confident you can be about your career as you look for a new job, the more effective you can be in marketing yourself to employers and making the case for the value you can bring to every role you apply for.
2. Take time out to evaluate what you want
- There has never been a better time to reflect on your career so far and the direction that you would like it to take in the future. The changes that the pandemic has brought may also present you with an opportunity to be bold about what you truly want in your life and career.
- So, use this time to reflect and be clear in your mind about exactly what you want your next career move to be. This level of clarity and focus will allow you to better target your job search, applying for only the most relevant opportunities and thus increasing your chances of success.
- Not only that, but this newfound understanding of what you really want will come across well in the interview room, allowing you to further demonstrate why you are the best person for the job.
3. Don’t forget about your soft skills
- According to a recent survey of unemployed jobseekers, 57pc of respondents were unable to identify their transferrable skills with a high degree of confidence, and 58pc weren’t sure how to include transferrable skills on their CV.
- Now is the time to familiarise yourself with your skillset so that you can be as prepared as possible for the future changing landscape and steal a competitive advantage over other candidates during the job search process.
4. Upskill, upskill, upskill
- If you have identified one or more skills gaps that need filling in order for you to move forward in your career, it’s a good idea to establish a pattern of proactively upskilling, making use of the various related resources out there – including online – that could help you to achieve it. Upskilling now will help to improve your chances of finding a new job by making you more employable and demonstrating to employers your commitment to lifelong learning.
- Even for those currently self-isolating or otherwise working from home, there are various ways to upskill, including reading business books, listening to podcasts, attending virtual events, conferences and webinars, and enrolling in relevant online courses. Now could also be a good time to take advantage of any training and development resources your employer offers you.
5. Work on your CV
- Even if we are entering a new era of work, your CV will continue to be vital when it comes to promoting yourself to companies. The necessity to optimise your CV for algorithms is also critical. The key to this is to conduct keyword research and put them in your CV.
- Examine job descriptions for your desired position to see what these keywords are and how you might incorporate them. Your personal statement is probably certainly another important part of your CV.
6. Prepare for remote interviews
- In the ahead, remote interviewing is more likely to become the standard. So now is the time to hone your virtual interviewing abilities, including making sure you show yourself in the best possible light whether being interviewed on a laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone screen.
- Do you, for example, have a setting that is conducive to video interviews? Are you confident in your ability to use technology? Are you conscious of your body language? Other reasons to test drive the virtual interview software before the actual interview include the ability to ensure you won’t be speaking too quietly or too loudly for the interviewer, as well as the ability to check for any time lags, which will help you avoid inadvertently interrupting the interviewer.