As the coronavirus pandemic continues and economies across the globe continual to struggle and an increasing number of workers are being laid off or furloughed, you might be wondering if you should continue to send out resumes or just assume that no one is hiring for the foreseeable future. It’s true that a recession has happened in many countries but best to keep networking and applying, provided you change your approach a bit to acknowledge these are uncertain times.
Be prepared for job openings to be put on hold or disappear, even if they’ve been open for a while. That doesn’t mean they won’t open again in a few months. With all that said, you can still be actively working on your job search. These tips will help you navigate the process during the pandemic and the accompanying economic slowdown.
If you can afford to put your job search on hold, you may want to wait it out, because it could be challenging to find a new role and if you’re currently employed, think about how to make your job more rewarding comparing to giving up and looking elsewhere.
While many industries have and will continue to be hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, others are still hiring especially the Tech and eCommerce sectors that have thrived during the past year. If you’re unemployed consider looking there or wherever else, you can find an opportunity that makes sense for you as it might be the perfect time to learn new things in a sector that is not in your areas of acquired experiences.
Events will be cancelled for a while, so you’ll need to find a new networking strategy. Seek out like-minded professionals on online sites like Linkedin but choose your connections wisely as sending out mass connection requests may cause your Linkedin account to be blocked or people who you do not know may be reluctant to connect with you. A nice introduction message with you connection request has sown to be more effective than none.
Look for professional groups to join on Facebook and LinkedIn. Both platforms offer a wide range of options with groups for every profession. For instance, if you’re looking for a job in marketing, you could join LinkedIn’s Global Marketing and Communications Professionals group, just be sure to keep the conversation professional by posting relevant articles and chiming in on topics that allow you to demonstrate your expertise and people will soon see that you are truly passionate.
Maybe you recently had a promising interview and a job offer seem imminent, but now the company has moved to remote work and you haven’t heard from the hiring manager. What should you do? Check in with the hiring manager by email, acknowledging that they might be uncertain of the changing times, but your motivation and interest is still as it originally was.
For instance, your email could say: “I’m looking forward to learning more when it makes sense for your company to start hiring again. This conveys that you know this is an extraordinary circumstance and acknowledges that this isn’t easy for people and companies to return to life as it was in years past.
Set up Google alerts for the companies you want to work for is one tactic that allows to keep updated with little effort and look for management communication about uncertainties that you might be able to leverage in a forthcoming interview. So, when you do have a chance to interview, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you understand the concerns leadership has and the threats the company faces from these uncertain times. You can mention what you read and listened to and use your specific knowledge to instill how you could help the company achieve its goals if you are given the opportunity.
Job seekers often jump at the first available opportunity or go into their search without fully considering what they want to do next. Take advantage of the slowing job market by getting clarity about where you want to work and the type of role and title you’re seeking.
Doing such things as creating a document that lists your target industry, companies, job titles, and anything you’re looking for in a good place to start for many. It goes without saying that you should apply to every posting you see that hit some or all your criteria. But beyond job openings, you can also focus on which companies you want to work for and who you can reach out to at those companies to create awareness and your interest to have a potential opportunity in those targeted companies.
Now is the perfect time to work on working on your qualification. Analyze job descriptions by listing each required skill and experience. Then consider whether you have that exact skill, if you have the skill but haven’t used it in a few years, or if you’re lacking the skill entirely. Use that information to determine what you need to brush up on to make yourself an even better candidate when the job market picks up again.
For instance, if you’re applying for social media or marketing specialist positions, the listing will likely require experience with Google Analytics and or other widely used social media tools and being certified in either or both would make your resume stand out.
There are plenty of free online course especially in LinkedIn that are free and can be a great source for you to spend your time developing your skills and getting certifications that will eventually help in your job search.
During an economic slowdown like the COVID pandemic, it’s important to focus on what you can control—improving your skills and reaching out to your network
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