Job searches are always a tough task to perform, and during the time of this pandemic, it’s even tougher. Increased level of competition and rising unemployment is creating further pressure. But with some steps, individuals can ensure they stand out from the competition.
According to some career experts, there are certain lessons that the pandemic has taught us. Job seekers can apply those lessons to job hunting.
Networking is Vital
Taking the help of friends and colleagues is always the best beginning. Find out how they are doing and ask if they are aware of any job opportunities opening up. They might be having any contacts that could indeed be useful for job seekers. And it should not be only one-way. A job-seeker must make sure that he helps them too if the need arises. Now more than ever, job seekers will need to get comfortable networking online. Join groups and professional forums on Facebook and LinkedIn and make themselves visible by commenting and showcasing their expertise.
Keep the Resume Up-to-date
Job aspirants should ensure that experience, skills and qualifications are up to date on their CV and be ready to modify it for each different role they apply for. Including keywords from the job description in both the CV and cover letter to showcase the suitability for the role, gives an extra edge. Similarly, making sure that LinkedIn profile or any other business profiles are up to date and professional, proves to be beneficial. An online profile is most likely the first thing that any recruiter or hiring manager will look at when an aspirant applies for a job. Job seekers can also ask their network to write a recommendation on their page to demonstrate their endorsed skills.
Be Ready for Online Interviews
Online interviewing is gaining importance, out of both necessity and efficiency. Aspirants should ready to showcase their personality and skillset over video. They should treat it like any other interview by ensuring that they put in extra time to prepare, have a private/quiet space available, dress well, and are ready to showcase their brilliance across a screen.
Dedicate Time for Job Search
It is really important to treat any speculative job search as a job in itself. One must plan time in his/her day to do the necessary tasks and focus on it. Job seekers should not try to carry out their job search as a supplementary task while doing any other work. If one is really looking for a job, s/he needs to put in maximum effort to make it happen.