Your Job Search Can Survive The Pandemic
The search for a new job has always been a daunting and stress-inducing task. In wake of recent events, even the most optimistic are feeling a bit lost. Looking for work during this pandemic can feel futile to many, but job experts from all around are pressing the importance of not giving up.
Biron Clark, the founder of Career Sidekick and 2019 LinkedIN Top Voice for job search and careers said “Some employers are still hiring and the only sure way to not get a job is to stop applying”. He followed that statement with “If you stop applying, there is zero chance of you getting a job”.
During this initial stage of tackling the adjustments needed to preserve as much normalcy as possible can feel overwhelming. A sudden shortage of work for a large majority of the global population has made finding a job in these circumstances feel impossible. Here we’ll provide you with a few tips and tricks as well as what to keep in mind when looking for work during a pandemic, to show you the cure for the COVID-19 effects on jobseekers!
Jobs Are Still Available
Despite current news often painting the picture of a jobless market with low obtainability rates, there is definitely still a market out there and availability for those still in pursuit of income. In light of recent events, Major corporations and pharmacy chains have been found to be accepting new employees by the hundreds of thousands to combat high manufacturing demands brought on by the global lock down. Recruiters and those who work in human resources have also said they’re still seeking new employees for certain positions.
Society for Human Resource Management President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. said “This too shall pass, there will be an end to this. If you take yourself out of the process someone else may take that job you would get”.
What jobs are available in your field, right now?
Your Mental Health Matters
Applying for new jobs has always come with a unique stress that can often feel very deterring and especially now when a lot of businesses are unsure of how to navigate the sudden global economic freeze. Psychologist and executive coach Lisa Orbe-Austin suggests that it’s crucial that employers try to maintain a sense of normal functioning amid these trying times.
Continuing a set schedule that includes exercise, getting into new hobbies, meditation and enjoying life no matter the circumstances keep you positive, and that positivity feeds into your job search at every step of the way. Just like you should dress for the job you want, you should practice the routines and activities that will help you develop.
Find ways to minimize the unease that comes with the pandemic, as well. Try balancing your reading between things that will improve your mental state and the often stressful news that you need to follow.
And just as importantly, remember that distancing doesn’t mean isolation. Stay connected to friends and family, and if you find yourself struggling greatly, reach out to a counsellor or therapist online or by phone.
What do you do to improve mental wellness?
Now Is The Time For Networking
As business moves online as much as possible, take this time to become active online as well.
Reach out to your network and “activate” the connections you’ve built up. Ask how they’re doing, what business is like, or what they’ve been doing instead of tradeshows and expos. Anything to strengthen your bond during a time where everyone is moving apart from each other.
Consider hosting online meetups and touchpoints, or seeking out others doing the same that share your interests or work in your industry.
Networking has its obvious advantages, as colleagues and acquaintances can vouch for you with certain employers, and give you a leading edge into potential openings in your industry.
Who can you reach out to in your network?
Revisit Your Resume
Giving your resume regular checkups saves you time in the long run and helps keep your facts consistent. But, if you’re job searching now, then it’s worth making sure you are appealing to the current trends.
As always, when describing your previous positions, put an emphasis on industry-specific keywords and hard skills (those which require actual experience).
Further that by demonstrating how you overcame challenges that are relevant to today. This could include topics about remote work, such as problem-solving over the phone, or managing teams based out of different offices.
When you talk about your achievements, be sure to describe WHAT the challenge was, HOW you overcame it, and WHY it was a success.
Could your resume use a revamp?
Get Ready For Video Interviews
It should come as no surprise that the leading substitute these days for face-to-face interviews is the video interview. It allows you to engage with almost as many elements as being there in person, such as facial expression and body language.
That said, it does have its own idiosyncrasies. Be sure to prepare well in advance, including installing any software and taking the platform for a test drive. Don’t let technical issues bog you down, and make a plan to work around them should something come up.
Ensure you have a clean, neutral backdrop, that you are well-framed and well-lit, and avoid wearing colours that blend or clash completely with your backdrop; they should be complementary.
There are plenty of detailed breakdowns about how to make the most of video interview situations, but above all else the best advice is to treat it as seriously as you would a traditional face-to-face interview.
Are you ready for a video interview?
Own Your Finances
There is a huge psychological strain when you’re desperate for a job. Being financially unstable or struggling to make ends meet makes you feel less confident, and that lack of confidence comes across to recruiters.
It can be particularly difficult when your income is waylaid unexpectedly, and not everyone is always completely prepared. That said, be sure to leverage the support resources available to you, such as financial assistance and lines of credit.
Ensuring you can live comfortably supports your mental health and lets you focus on the task at hand: finding new income!
If you are laid off, consider unemployment right away. Many government programs exist to keep you afloat, but they can become busy quickly when large numbers of people are experiencing turnover at once, so if time is money, be sure not to waste any time applying!
Have you explored financial options to make your life easier?
Consider Remote Work
Remote work is being mandated across industry titans, but not every job can be done remotely. So in that case, it’s important to understand if you can handle those types of jobs.
President and CEO of UYD Management, Tayo Rockson, says “There are people who thrive better in an office environment. It doesn’t have to be one way or another.”
Good traits for remote workers include being able to process quickly in a changing environment. Experts suggest experience with international travel or study as an example of the type of situation you might need to be used to.
You will need to acclimate to new systems and team structures on the fly, and have a sense of diligence and responsibility that may go beyond what you feel comfortable with. There’s no right or wrong choice, but it’s important that you decide for yourself if remote work is something you can reasonably pursue.
If so, then many remote positions are opening up, and will more than likely remain integral to operations in the future, too!
Are you remote-work-ready?
See It From The Employer’s Perspective
The jobs of recruiters and business owners have not been made any easier by the recent turn of events. Many of them are struggling, and may appear uninterested in receiving job applications.
The truth is, they may be frustrated by their inability to take on new talent. They are also looking for new solutions to their business needs as quickly as possible, and their focus may be diverted at this time.
Many recruiters, though, are still consistently encouraging people to apply. While their job may have been disrupted by the change in landscape, they are still laying out roadmaps for down the road.
When dealing with potential employers, be sure to extend them patience, as the pandemic takes priority.
How can you best stay in contact with recruiters during this time?