Top tips for job hunting during a pandemic.
Searching for a new job always involves a lot of time and some big decisions.
Trying to find the perfect next step is even more difficult in 2020, when many people have sadly been made redundant or furloughed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s a tough job market at the moment, but companies are still hiring. Adjust your job hunting techniques to fit the new remote-working world and you will soon receive a job offer.
Here are some top tips to get yourself noticed by employers and get the role of your dreams, even during a pandemic.
1. Make your CV keyword-friendly
Many job adverts are getting hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of applications. Only a few Hiring Managers or recruiters will have the time to read through each of these applications individually. Instead, they will search through applications using keywords. If they are looking for a Video Editor with more than five years of experience and specific knowledge of Final Cut Pro, they can search for this using keywords.
Make sure your CV goes to the top of the search by reading the job description and editing your CV to match every application. Pick out keywords from the application and add them into your resume at relevant points to beat the algorithm and show you’re right for the job.
2. Use your linkedin network
There is no shame in being made redundant, and no hiring manager will judge those made redundant during 2020. Jobseekers can post on LinkedIn, asking their connections for leads. Get some traction for your post by tagging some of your colleagues or industry friends and ask for their help finding recruiters and vacancies.
Include a personal story and some information about what you are looking for to make your story more relatable – and sharable. People want to help people they relate to or empathise with.
Go through all your existing connections and get in touch with any recruiters that have added or messaged you over the last few years.
3. work on your personal development
Keep your mind healthy. Searching and applying for jobs 24/7 is unrealistic and unhealthy. As well as treating yourself to breaks, such as evenings and weekends off, try starting a course relevant to your field of expertise. Not only will this show that you’re committed to personal development, but you can also add your new certification to your CV and shout about it on LinkedIn.
Google Digital Garage offer free courses, including some which include a certificate on completion, which is perfect to share on LinkedIn when you’re finished.
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5. master the virtual interview
Most interviews are currently happening via video conferencing to protect everyone involved. Make sure you know the name of every person who will join your interview call before you join. Do a quick LinkedIn or Google search to find out what their job title is, allowing you to ask relevant questions.
It’s often more difficult to convey your personality and build a personal connection over Zoom compared to meeting in real life. This means you need to be even more enthusiastic than you would be in person. Make sure your passion comes across in your answers and your questions. Keep smiling when appropriate, and lean forwards slightly to show you’re engaged.
6. do you really want this job?
Take a look at your career path, your interests and your finances. Think about how much you need a new job. Do you need the first thing that comes along, or do you have the freedom to wait for the right job offer? Perhaps your current career isn’t as fulfilling as it used to be and you can see an opportunity to transition to a slightly different path.
Take this time to do some thinking and make sure you are applying for jobs that really matter to you. Even though you might feel under pressure, consider your entire career as well as the next move.
7. Make cover letter writing efficient
Every cover letter should be bespoke for the position you are applying for. It should include an introduction to why you think you would be a great fit for this specific role and company.
However, the middle section of each cover letter can sometimes have some overlap. For example, if you’re applying for a role in accountancy, most employers will want to hear about your 8 years of experience, some challenges you have faced, and your relevant professional qualifications.
Write a brief paragraph about each of these recurring topics and keep them in a master document. Pull them out when you need them, editing them to make them as relevant as possible to the job you are applying for. You will need to make edits each time, but it will save you writing about the same thing from scratch for every cover letter.
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