Sadly, many people have found themselves out of work over the last year due to lockdowns and businesses being forced to close. This means a large number of people are now looking for work, something which is easier said than done. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips that we hope will be useful for anybody looking for a job at this time.
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If you’ve been out of work for some time, it doesn’t mean that time is useless. You can find a number of free courses online that may be useful in expanding your skillset and making you more attractive to employers. Google offers a number of courses in skills such as digital marketing, and there are many more offerings on sites such as Udemy, so have a look around and see if you can find something you like the sound of.
Some training courses will now be open for in-person teaching as well, so have a look around your local area to find some. Just make sure you buy a Healgen antigen test kit before heading along, so you don’t inadvertently spread COVID to your fellow students and tutors.
Update your CV
When was the last time you had a really good look at your CV? It might need a bit of an upgrade, not just in terms of content, but also layout. Make sure you’ve got a smart looking CV that has all the information an employer will need. Make sure it’s updated with all your relevant experience, qualifications, and achievements. Try to include key terms and statistics, and make sure it doesn’t go over 2 pages.
If you already have the skills you need, then why not consider selling your services more flexibly? You might not be able to secure a full-time job, but there are many businesses looking for freelance workers to help with short-term contracts. Have a look online and see if you can find any of these; it may not be permanent, but it could be a useful source of income and experience.
Adapt to a Blended Recruitment Approach
Now that restrictions have been lifted, many companies are employing hybrid approaches during the recruitment process. This means you may be required to be available for interviews online or in person, so be prepared for both. Make sure you have a working webcam and microphone if you need to have a Zoom call for an interview.
If you’re asked to interview in person, make sure you buy a Healgen antigen test kit and check that you’re COVID-negative before attending. Ask the recruiter if they’d like you to wear a mask as well, and make sure you bring hand sanitiser with you.
Workplaces are increasingly embracing working from home as common practice, which means you can expand your search criteria when looking for a job. Try looking for jobs based in other cities that are offering remote positions, as you might have a little more success. Some jobs may require you to go into the office every so often, but this is a small price to pay for a full-time job.
Expand your Career Net
You might have established yourself along a particular career path in the past, but if you’re struggling to find a job in the profession now, then why not think about changing it slightly? Whatever profession you’re in, there’ll likely be a host of similar professions that require the similar skills and experience to what you already have, so think about having a bit more of a look at other careers. You may just find something perfect.