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How to Find a Job Opportunity during the COVID-19 Pandemic8 min read

May 6, 2020 7 min read
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How to Find a Job Opportunity during the COVID-19 Pandemic8 min read

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Life has always been uncer¬≠tain. And with this uncer¬≠tain¬≠ty, the world entered 2020 sur¬≠round¬≠ed by a pan¬≠dem¬≠ic. COVID-19 has changed every¬≠thing around the globe, where noth¬≠ing is nor¬≠mal any¬≠more. Com¬≠pa¬≠nies all over the world have stopped work¬≠ing from their premis¬≠es, in order to ensure safe¬≠ty. Since the world has come to a halt alto¬≠geth¬≠er, the econ¬≠o¬≠my is also plummeting. 

Sur¬≠round¬≠ed by this tur¬≠moil from all sides, what can a job seek¬≠er do? From fresh¬≠ers who were recent¬≠ly sup¬≠posed to grad¬≠u¬≠ate to expe¬≠ri¬≠enced employ¬≠ees who were look¬≠ing for a job change; every¬≠one is in a state of con¬≠fu¬≠sion. Where to look, what to look for, and how to look? So many ques¬≠tions, yet no answer because the coro¬≠n¬≠avirus does not seem to stop spreading. 

But the fact is, since we do not know when will this tur¬≠moil come to an end, we can¬≠not sit back for so long. The uncer¬≠tain¬≠ty needs to be dealt with. From employ¬≠ers, employ¬≠ees to job seek¬≠ers, every¬≠one is affect¬≠ed. There¬≠fore, it is true that the hir¬≠ing process has slowed down in the past few months. But a slow process does not mean that there is an absence of func¬≠tion¬≠ing. Rather, we are at a stage where if you stop search¬≠ing, you might lose the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to anoth¬≠er can¬≠di¬≠date in no time. 

What Should A Job Seeker Do In This Time of Unrest?

Should a job seek­er sit back and wait for things to get nor­mal? No, that is cer­tain­ly not an option because we do not know when we will reach back to the stage of nor­mal. Should the job seek­er just give up on find­ing the job? Time is pre­cious, and you can­not let it go to waste. It is time to under­stand what is chang­ing and move ahead with the change. Find oppor­tu­ni­ties and work accord­ing­ly to succeed.

1. Strengthen Your Resume

resume

A resume speaks about you on your behalf. So you need to write a fine­ly pol­ished resume, which is both bot friend­ly as well as recruiter friend­ly. Now that you have the time, invest it in refin­ing both the sci­ence as well as the art of mak­ing a per­fect resume.

  • A pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al resume must have the friend¬≠ly key¬≠words which are rec¬≠og¬≠nized by the bot, so that your resume is paid atten¬≠tion to.
  • Also remem¬≠ber to make a resume as spe¬≠cif¬≠ic as pos¬≠si¬≠ble to the job posi¬≠tion that you apply for. For that, each job that you apply for should have a sep¬≠a¬≠rate resume.
  • This time is more than impor¬≠tant to have a resume which makes you stand out from the crowd in the job mar¬≠ket. You can cre¬≠ate a per¬≠fect resume with the assis¬≠tance of Kick¬≠re¬≠sume or Resume Genius
  • Keep up with the mar¬≠ket trends as times have changed. Com¬≠pa¬≠nies are all work¬≠ing in dif¬≠fer¬≠ent ways now, so tight¬≠en up your resume accordingly. 

2. Prepare For Virtual Interview

Virtual Interview

Since the whole world is prac¬≠tic¬≠ing social dis¬≠tanc¬≠ing, face-to-face inter¬≠views will not be held any time soon. So it is impor¬≠tant that all the job seek¬≠ers pre¬≠pare them¬≠selves for vir¬≠tu¬≠al inter¬≠view¬≠ing. Whether it be a phone call inter¬≠view, a video call inter¬≠view, you should be pre¬≠pared to give your best. 

  • Pre¬≠pare a decent and silent place in advance where you can give the inter¬≠view from.
  • Prac¬≠tice your tone of talk¬≠ing so that you do not sound too com¬≠fort¬≠able and leaned back in the interview.
  • Down¬≠load the nec¬≠es¬≠sary pro¬≠grams for inter¬≠view calls and always dress for the inter¬≠view, even when you are attend¬≠ing it from your home. To learn more about how to pre¬≠pare for a vir¬≠tu¬≠al inter¬≠view at Ful¬≠lyprepped.
  • Have a copy of your resume ready in front of you. An advan¬≠tage that you have in a vir¬≠tu¬≠al inter¬≠view is that you can pre¬≠pare a cheat sheet where you can write point¬≠ers about how your skills and require¬≠ments can be per¬≠fect¬≠ly in-line with the job requirement. 

3. Focus On Enhancing Your Skills

enhance your skills

While you search for a job in these hard times, revamp your pro¬≠file to prove out to be bet¬≠ter than ever. Keep enhanc¬≠ing not just your resume, but also the cov¬≠er let¬≠ter and your social media pro¬≠files. Clar¬≠i¬≠fy on your social pro¬≠files, like that on LinkedIn, about what is your spe¬≠cial¬≠ty. State what you are best at and what more you can offer to a new job and the company. 

  • The advan¬≠tage of revamp¬≠ing your LinkedIn pro¬≠file is that your net¬≠works will be noti¬≠fied. This will open gates for these net¬≠works to pass along any oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties that they might have for you. You can take online class¬≠es at Ude¬≠my or Cours¬≠era.
  • An employ¬≠ee is hired and paid for their skills. So now when you have time, learn more skills and keep updat¬≠ing them in your pro¬≠file. The more skilled you are, the bet¬≠ter offers you can get.
  • If you are look¬≠ing for¬≠ward to apply¬≠ing to a job but do not have a cer¬≠tain skill-set which is a require¬≠ment in the job descrip¬≠tion, learn it now. Here is a list of 30 Most Lucra¬≠tive Skills You Can Learn Online.

4. Follow Up Consistently

If you have applied for a job, as a can­di­date you can keep fol­low­ing up fre­quent­ly about what would be the next step in the inter­view process.

  • Fol¬≠low up per¬≠sis¬≠tent¬≠ly but also be polite.
  • Always fol¬≠low up through emails.
  • Take con¬≠trol of what is in your con¬≠trol. Do not antic¬≠i¬≠pate unnecessarily.
  • Send in a thank you email and make them aware of the fact that you shall be wait¬≠ing for a revert.

You can watch this video by Lin¬≠da Raynier to have guide¬≠lines about how to fol¬≠low up after a job interview. 

5. Accept Short-Term Opportunities

short term opportunities

The virus is not a for¬≠ev¬≠er phe¬≠nom¬≠e¬≠non. But nobody yet knows for how long is going to stay. So for the time being, think about short-term plans as well. The econ¬≠o¬≠my is trick¬≠ling-down and com¬≠pa¬≠nies are lay¬≠ing off work¬≠ers. There¬≠fore, it is not nec¬≠es¬≠sary that you should only be open to long-term oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties only. If you do not find some¬≠thing for long-term, open your¬≠self to short term oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties. You are sure to learn some¬≠thing and add to your skills. 

  • Look for jobs in indus¬≠tries which are in demand more than ever dur¬≠ing this pan¬≠dem¬≠ic. For instance, Ama¬≠zon is hir¬≠ing a great num¬≠ber of employees. 
  • Pep¬≠si¬≠co, Zoom, Blue Apron are also few of the many com¬≠pa¬≠nies which are on a hir¬≠ing spree due to an increase in demand. 
  • Keep your noti¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tion set¬≠tings open to any kind of job titles you think you might be inter¬≠est¬≠ed in. 
  • Check email alerts fre¬≠quent¬≠ly to find out any job alerts which have list¬≠ed open¬≠ings that match your saved jobs.
  • Con¬≠sid¬≠er home-based jobs for the time being if you find an oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty for the same.

It is not about for­ev­er. It is just about right now. Explore the jobs that you may have ignored in the past. Do not force the options upon your­self. But if you find an oppor­tu­ni­ty worth giv­ing a try, even if it is out­side your forte, go for it. Maybe if you pur­sue some­thing out­side your forte, your mar­ket val­ue will increase even further.

6. Networking

networking

The pow¬≠er of net¬≠work¬≠ing can solve a lot of prob¬≠lems. If you keep your net¬≠work¬≠ing plat¬≠forms updat¬≠ed, you can get help from var¬≠i¬≠ous cor¬≠ners unex¬≠pect¬≠ed¬≠ly. There are chances that a cer¬≠tain net¬≠work from your pro¬≠file might come through your skills and have a job offer for you.

  • Be a part of any pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al group on Face¬≠book or LinkedIn, accord¬≠ing to your job back¬≠ground. Chances are you can find great oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties there.
  • Devel¬≠op a secured net¬≠work because even if you do not find the best oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty dur¬≠ing the pan¬≠dem¬≠ic, you can have extreme¬≠ly impres¬≠sive oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties from your net¬≠work after all of this is over.
  • Stay dig¬≠i¬≠tal¬≠ly con¬≠nect¬≠ed to your for¬≠mer col¬≠leagues who might have an oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty for you. 
  • Fol¬≠low com¬≠pa¬≠nies of your inter¬≠est and your field to keep your¬≠self updated.

7. Consider Remote Working

Com¬≠put¬≠er and IT com¬≠pa¬≠nies, dig¬≠i¬≠tal mar¬≠ket¬≠ing com¬≠pa¬≠nies, cus¬≠tomer ser¬≠vices indus¬≠tries, etc. are all work¬≠ing remote¬≠ly. So if you are inclined towards work¬≠ing in a field that comes under these com¬≠pa¬≠nies, then apply to jobs which will require you to work remotely. 

  • Keep apply¬≠ing to com¬≠pa¬≠nies with¬≠out slow¬≠ing down. 
  • If you are inter¬≠est¬≠ed in a par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar com¬≠pa¬≠ny, write a cov¬≠er let¬≠ter or appli¬≠ca¬≠tion and send it to an employ¬≠er of the com¬≠pa¬≠ny. List the job titles that you are will¬≠ing to work for.
  • Keep a track of how var¬≠i¬≠ous com¬≠pa¬≠nies are man¬≠ag¬≠ing their busi¬≠ness in cru¬≠cial times like this. And if you think a com¬≠pa¬≠ny is doing good, you can apply to it by send¬≠ing an application.
  • When you send your appli¬≠ca¬≠tion to com¬≠pa¬≠nies, make sure to not sound like you are only inter¬≠est¬≠ed in the job. Make the com¬≠pa¬≠ny aware of how you wish to con¬≠tribute in help¬≠ing the com¬≠pa¬≠ny over¬≠come this time of dif¬≠fi¬≠cul¬≠ty. FlexJobs is one of the best web¬≠sites to find remote work jobs. 

Conclusion

Lever¬≠age your skills in a dif¬≠fer¬≠ent oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to expand your capa¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ties. This is the time where you can exper¬≠i¬≠ment and know what else is there in store. Most impor¬≠tant¬≠ly, keep look¬≠ing for jobs and do not stop. An inter¬≠im job until the econ¬≠o¬≠my recov¬≠ers is not a bad idea. Wher¬≠ev¬≠er you think there is scope of hir¬≠ing, ask if help is need¬≠ed. Do not be afraid of no as an answer. 

Once the world has a lit¬≠tle bet¬≠ter clar¬≠i¬≠ty about COVID-19, com¬≠pa¬≠nies will be back on track and you will also be able to land the job you have always want¬≠ed to. But till then, learn as much as you can. And keep search¬≠ing because you nev¬≠er know you might land some¬≠thing bet¬≠ter than what you expect¬≠ed. The world is full of relent¬≠less¬≠ly tal¬≠ent¬≠ed indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠als, so embrace being one of them while you search for an oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty. Keep net¬≠work¬≠ing strate¬≠gi¬≠cal¬≠ly and make new con¬≠nec¬≠tions. This is just anoth¬≠er obsta¬≠cle, and we shall cross this as well. It is an obsta¬≠cle, but obsta¬≠cles are meant to be crossed and not stopped by. 

Impor­tant links to make your Job Search Easier:

Work from Home Job Vacancies

Online Copy Paste Job Vacancies

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