Job hunting during the Lockdown

Job hunting during the Lockdown

Don't stop applying for jobs

Keep searching for vacancies as you have been doing. Keep your CV and cover letter updated and keep sending in applications. Companies may have temporarily stopped advertising, but once business resumes, and it will, these companies will need to fill those positions.

Build your networks

Now, more than ever before, is the time to use your network and continue or start to build it. If you don’t have a current LinkedIn profile, you need one. LinkedIn is a valuable resource for connections, advice, and job opportunities. So, update your profile, make connections, and then engage with your network - message people, join in discussions, and share content. 

Connect with people

Most businesses now have their staff working from home, so the number and use of online communities has increased. Seminars and training courses have moved online, creating new ways for people to connect. There are many options to network ranging from educational to social, so take advantage of them. 

Get comfortable with talking on the phone

Video and phone calls are now the way that most companies will  conduct interviews. Expect the initial contact to be by email, then by phone, and as you progress, by video. Use friends to help you practice calls. Be sure you have a professional voicemail greeting set up.

Ensure you have a suitable place from which to video chat

Video interviews will replace in person interviews, but they should be treated the same. Prepare the same way for a video interview as you would if you were attending an interview in person. Dress professionally, be ready five minutes early, check all of your camera and audio settings ahead of time, and use headphones so you can both hear and be heard clearly.

The most important thing is to have a clutter free background. Not everyone has the luxury of a home office so be sure to use a spot in your home with an uncluttered background. and where you will be uninterrupted.

Allow yourself to feel frustrated

These times are frustrating and stressful. Allow yourself to be frustrated, but then take a break - go for a walk, chat to a friend, do something you enjoy, then get back to it. 

No one is entirely sure what will happen and how long this outbreak will last, but do keep applying to jobs during this difficut time. The most successful people are those who persevere during a challenge. 

Remember, we are here to help you with updating your CV and with your job search. Contact us now if you need help.

Tags: Covid-19  

Posted: Thursday 9 April 2020