This is an unprecedented dynamic time it seems that every day Covid-19 is either causing people to work less hours or causing them to lose their jobs entirely so you might feel a little unsure of how to proceed with your job search you might even be wondering how do I even job search in a situation like this.
Things are changing everyday if you follow these seven simple steps you can optimize your job search and land your dream job let’s jump into it step number one,
Take Advantage of Your Extra Time
Covid-19 has left a lot of people with extra time on their hands either because their commute was cut they are now working part-time or they’ve lost their job entirely if you find yourself in any of these situations don’t let your extra time go to waste now I know that it’s hard to not watch Netflix all day or to not scroll through social media for hours at a time but make sure you are putting your time to good use set aside a few hours or may be even just 30 minutes a day dedicated to your job search this could be things like,
• Optimizing your LinkedIn profile
• Getting your resume ready
• Even spending networking with others online
• And to help you get your resume in tip-top shape
Learn some simple steps to help you write a resume that will get you hired another way to take advantage of your extra time is by learning a new skills or by sharpening an old skills think about something that you can be doing right now that will help you stand above the competition and will help you stand out in the sea of jobseekers, Look for free or paid courses online like,
- Skill Share
Be ready for more phone interviews
Step Number Two be ready for more phone interviews right now we are all social distancing and staying home as much as possible that means that your next interview will probably be a phone interview once your interview is scheduled prepare for it that means,
• Finding a good location where you can have your phone interview a location that is free from distraction free from loud noises.
• You’ll have a good connection on your phone when it comes to phone interviews.
• Prepare just as you would for an in-person interview this means learning as much as you can about the position the company and the industry prepare for common interview questions that you might be asked and prepare a set of questions that you can ask your interviewer.
• Get important documents ready and have them in front of you like your resume and the job description and to help you get it right when it comes to your next phone interview
Video Interview – one of the key part
Step Number Three be ready for more video interviews your select phone interviews video interviews are also on the rise now a lot of the same principles apply to video interviews that we covered in a phone interview but there’s a few differences you’ll have to be more aware of yours,
• Appearance and your Background
• Dress exactly as you would for an in-person interview
• Make sure the location you pick is clean and tidy
• No distractions and that it portrays yourself well to the potential employer
if you have a home office that would be the ideal place for a video interview but if that’s not an option for you and you have a smaller more confined space just make sure that you are positioning yourself in front of a neutral background and if possible make sure no one else will be present with you during your video interview you want to be able to give your full attention to your interviewer when it comes to tech make sure you know ahead of time if your interview will be a one way video interview or a live video interview both of these interview types require different tech and it will be really good to know ahead of time which one you’ll have you’ll also need to make sure that your audio your video and your lighting are working properly before the interview begins.
Many employers are still hiring and many more are hiring more than usual during this time but keep in mind there are still a lot of companies that will either postpone or delay the hiring process in some way so you need to be prepared and be patient for this keep applying for positions keep reaching out and networking.
Consider Temporary & Contract Employment from Temp Agencies
Consider temporary jobs or contract employment from temporary staffing agencies it might take a little extra time to land your dream job right now but life doesn’t wait if you need a pay check to help you get through these times there’s nothing wrong with accepting temporary or contract work there are a lot of companies hiring in bulk right now think grocery stores and delivery services it’s okay to apply for and work at one of these positions.
Don’t Stop Job Searching
Step Number Six don’t stop job searching it might be easy to get caught up in the situation and feel like you have other things to do right now but now is not the time to stop your job search this is one of the most important times that you can be out there actively seeking work whether employers are hiring right person whether they pick up higher again when the dust settles by taking action right now you will be at the forefront of the candidate pool keep applying keep honing your skills keep optimising your career documents and sure enough your hard work will pay off and if it doesn’t feel like it remember.
Stay Positive During This Economic Crisis
Final and most important step number seven is to stay positive without a doubt staying positive is what is going to keep you afloat during this economic crisis staying positive will keep you motivated and keep going job searching can be discouraging but be confident that you will find your dream job this is a time of uncertainty things are changing every day and it can be hard to know what to expect in your job search or in the world take time out of the constant new cycle to remember the good things in your life and to remember this will pass things will change and you will come out on top and to help you get a head start on your job search.