These are unprecedented times when it comes to job hunting. Many positions have been put on hold, others have been cancelled; however, there are still industries performing well in this Covid-19 crisis, so don’t despair!
In a market that is more competitive than usual – the number of unemployed people has increased since last March (2020) – you really need to stand out from the crowd in order to get noticed by companies and recruiters.
- If you are immediately available, make it clear on your CV. Sometimes companies are urgently looking for new members of the team and knowing that you could start in a few days, could be a plus.
- Update your CV and LinkedIn profile. Candidates often forget to update dates, especially when it comes to their last role. If your last role has come to an end, replace the word “present” with a specific date (e.g. from September 2019 to September 2020). The same rules apply for your LinkedIn profile. Don’t be afraid to let people know you are looking for a new job, there is nothing to be ashamed of!
- Be strategic in your job hunting. Although the pandemic is impacting jobseekers, there are certainly industries benefiting from it such as: healthcare, property, food, education, and e-commerce. Send your CV to them!
- It is good to be flexible but remember, don’t go for too junior positions (in relation to your skills and experience). The employer will most likely think that you will get bored and won’t last long in the company!
- Don’t leave your current job, unless you have already signed a new contract or have received an Offer Letter! Job hunting may last longer than usual these days and you don’t want to be unemployed for too long.
- If you are unemployed and can’t find anything, don’t despair! Do some volunteering in the meantime (it’s better than having a long gap on your CV) or enroll on a course to develop new skills you are lacking right now.
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