Searching for employment can be a challenging and tedious task at the best of times, never mind when you’re having to try and find a job in this current climate.
The truth is that the Coronavirus pandemic has placed a lot of unwanted, extra pressure on our society, and as the unemployment rate grows and the amount of redundancies is on the up, there will be more competition for working positions than ever before.
You’ll need to stand out from the crowd in order to truly give yourself a strong chance of finding work in 2020, and so we have put together a few tips to help you through this challenging and testing time.
Job Search Tips During A Crisis
No one enjoys job hunting, but it can be even more difficult during a time of economic crisis. With businesses closing their doors and lay-offs becoming more common, the competition for jobs is fierce. However, there are still ways to increase your chances of landing a job, even in tough times.
One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your resume is up to date and tailored to the specific job you’re applying for. Generic resumes are less likely to get noticed, so take the time to customize each one. In addition, don’t be afraid to network. Talk to people in your field and let them know you’re looking for work.
You never know who might have a lead on a job opening. Finally, don’t give up. It may take longer than usual to find a job, but if you keep trying, you’ll eventually find something.
Check out our handy list of useful tips and tricks below now:
- Allow your CV to stand out
There are multiple ways in which you can accomplish this feat, though you should be aware that it isn’t always easy and you’ll likely need to have some working experience to back it up. If you’re reading this article from the point of view of someone that has been made redundant recently, we have good news for you. The job role that you’ve been let go from will make for the perfect working experience to add to your cv. There will be no gaps in your employment history and you’ll be searching for work the second you’re let go from your employment position; potential employers will view this as ambitious and dedicated.
Making your cv stand out isn’t just about making it look sharp either, it comes down to the core content you provide within it, so try to stay focused and to the point when penning your resume as it’ll help people to get a quick and easy grasp of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.
- Take a course or receive some training
If you’ve been out of work for a while and you’re finding that you’re struggling with the process of finding a new role, why not take a training course or complete some academic study? You’ll very likely thank yourself for it in the future when it opens up further doors for you throughout your employment pathway. It is important that you take your time when deciding what to study, as many courses can take months-years to fully complete. You’ll need to be fully committed and ready to put in some hard work to accomplish your goals.
This will be useful on the road to getting back into employment as it’ll give you a greater depth of knowledge about the field you’re looking to work within, as well as proving to employers that you’re a smart individual that has no trouble remaining dedicated and working to deadlines. If you’ve been looking for work for a while and can’t get your dream job, taking a course may just be right route for you to travel down.
- Become an active job seeker
It is crucial that you’re aware of the fact that you will not simply be offered a job without first making the effort to physically look for one. You need to sign your email address up to sites such as Indeed and Reed, this way you can be automatically notified when an appropriate job becomes available in your location. By doing this you’re taking that simple extra step that may just prove to give you the heads up to react to a job advertisement before others do; this can give you a real edge over your direct competition.
Don’t just search for work online, even though in this day and age that is the place you’re most likely to find work in, it is still not the be all and end all in terms of job seeking. Walk around your local town centre or city centre and actively look for job listings in shop windows and notice boards. By asking a member of staff if there are jobs available at the moment, you might just find yourself in the right place at the right time and be grateful that you made the trip out in order to find your next job.
- Use your past work experience to build your future
It can be an obviously negative time after you’re made redundant from a job. Perhaps it was a position you loved, perhaps not so much, but either way you’ve just lost your main source of income and that would be troubling to even the strongest set of people. Though you should be aware that if you’re someone with a long history of working within a particular field, you can use that very much to your advantage.
If you have the experience and know-how to perform incredibly in a job you’re applying for, don’t shy away from letting the employer know. Demonstrate your skills by creating a portfolio of evidence you can take along with you to interviews and show your soon-to-be new boss exactly what they’d be taking on board by hiring you right away.
- Consider self-employment
Deciding on whether or not to go self-employed can be a tedious, drawn-out task; one that can offer great risk and reward at the very same time. Working out whether or not your self-employed strategy will be good enough to make you a living can be tough. The fact is that if you aren’t offering a product or service that people will have a need for and find valuable, it won’t earn you a good living.
You need to have a killer idea that people can get on board with and until you come up with one, you might wont to hit the breaks on the idea of being self employed. If you already have one and you’re sure about it however, then full steam ahead; go out there and change your life for the better.
Our quick-fire tips for finding employment
- Be clear about what you want. Where do you want to work and does your current skillset and experience set you on the right track to achieve your employment goals? If not, you should look into what you can do about it.
- Research your target companies. If you turn up to an interview not knowing anything about the company you’re hoping to be employed by, you’ll seem unprepared and thus unlikely to land the position. Be prepared and take the time to make sure you know your stuff.
- Don’t use the exact same cv for every job. Tailoring your cv with some individual specific details for each and every job you apply for is undoubtedly the best approach to utilise when searching for a new job. Have a basic copy of your cv saved to your computer, but be prepared to make changes within every job application you fill out, so that you can impress different employers.
- Don’t limit yourself to solely online applications. If you’re struggling to find yourself a new job, perhaps it is because you’re only looking for work in one way. By only filling out online applications, you could be searching for a new job for a very long time; this isn’t what you want to be doing. Don’t sit around hoping the phone will start to ring, get out there and secure that new job the old fashioned way.
Ring companies up directly to ask about potential work or go out and visit corporations and let it be known that you’d love to work for them. You may just find that face to face contact brings you more luck than sending in a cv ever could.
- Set yourself achievable goals within your job search. By setting and completing personal goals, such as applying for a set number of jobs, or making resume updates, etc. you can keep your motivation at a high level and gain a sense of self-reward while working hard to become employed.
- Try not to be too hard on yourself. Viewing each unanswered job application as a complete failure won’t get yourself feeling too positive about yourself, so know when to take a break from searching for work and rest both your mind and body whenever needed. Watch a movie, get some fresh air and exercise, take the time to cook a nice meal, whatever will reset your mood will do the trick. If you can’t feel positive, you’ll struggle to land a new job.
- Be sure to always follow up job interviews. If you manage to land a job interview, it isn’t quite time to celebrate yet, there’s still work to be done. Even if you believe the interview itself couldn’t have possibly gone any better, you should still make sure you’re following up the interview with an email to the potential employer, thanking them for the opportunity. This way you’re leaving that one last good will gesture in their mind and hopefully gaining an upper hand over some of the competition that may not have bothered to take the extra step.
- Always expect the job search to take a long time. This is something that will help you avoid disappointment more than anything else, which is likely more important than you first think. Finding a new job often takes an extensive amount of time, which is unfortunate news for those of us that desperately need to get our hands on some income during a crisis, but it is simply the harsh reality we must face up to.
A crisis can change our perspective on everything
At the start of this year, The Independent reported that, “The UK workforce is in “crisis”, with more than half considering finding a new job this year and two-thirds dreading returning to work after a weekend break. One in four are actively looking for a new job and the number of people unhappy at work has risen 10 per cent in the past year, according to a survey of 12,000 people by Investors in People. The accreditation organisation found that three out of four people felt stressed about work, with 64 per cent reporting that their job had negatively affected their sleep patterns”.
Imagine the impact that Covid-19 has had on us since then, we’re likely much more grateful for our jobs now and value them much more. This is something that could eventually be good for us, though many of us are searching for new methods of employment now, as we’re all struggling to get by during this current crisis. It is important to keep in mind that there are many others in the same position as you, it isn’t something you’re facing alone.
- Don’t give up on yourself if you don’t find work straight away, it will eventually come if you continue to plug away at the job search.
- Keep your cv/resume up to date, including all qualifications and employment roles you have worked in the past.
- Sign yourself up to sites that will actively notify you when new, relevant jobs become available in your chosen area.
- Consider gaining new knowledge and qualifications by completing an academic course, or a training program, it’ll almost definitely bolster your chances of being noticed and chosen for a working position.
- Do what you can to stand out to your potential new employers, don’t simply be like everyone else and expect to be picked for a fancy new job.
- At the interview for a new job, let them know what you’ve done in the past and how you can help their company to move forward.
- You could consider going down the self-employed route, just as long as you have a strong enough business model and idea, as well as being aware of you’re going to execute it effectively.