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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 uncer­tain. And with this uncer­tain­ty, the world entered 2020 sur­round­ed by a pan­dem­ic. COVID-19 has changed every­thing around the globe, where noth­ing is nor­mal any­more. Com­pa­nies all over the world have stopped work­ing from their premis­es, in order to ensure safe­ty. Since the world has come to a halt alto­geth­er, the econ­o­my is also plum­met­ing. 

Sur­round­ed by this tur­moil from all sides, what can a job seek­er do? From fresh­ers who were recent­ly sup­posed to grad­u­ate to expe­ri­enced employ­ees who were look­ing for a job change; every­one is in a state of con­fu­sion. Where to look, what to look for, and how to look? So many ques­tions, yet no answer because the coro­n­avirus does not seem to stop spread­ing. 

But the fact is, since we do not know when will this tur­moil come to an end, we can­not sit back for so long. The uncer­tain­ty needs to be dealt with. From employ­ers, employ­ees to job seek­ers, every­one is affect­ed. There­fore, it is true that the hir­ing process has slowed down in the past few months. But a slow process does not mean that there is an absence of func­tion­ing. Rather, we are at a stage where if you stop search­ing, you might lose the oppor­tu­ni­ty to anoth­er can­di­date 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 pro­fes­sion­al resume must have the friend­ly key­words which are rec­og­nized by the bot, so that your resume is paid atten­tion to.
  • Also remem­ber to make a resume as spe­cif­ic as pos­si­ble to the job posi­tion that you apply for. For that, each job that you apply for should have a sep­a­rate resume.
  • This time is more than impor­tant to have a resume which makes you stand out from the crowd in the job mar­ket. You can cre­ate a per­fect resume with the assis­tance of Kick­re­sume or Resume Genius
  • Keep up with the mar­ket trends as times have changed. Com­pa­nies are all work­ing in dif­fer­ent ways now, so tight­en up your resume accord­ing­ly. 

2. Prepare For Virtual Interview

Virtual Interview

Since the whole world is prac­tic­ing social dis­tanc­ing, face-to-face inter­views will not be held any time soon. So it is impor­tant that all the job seek­ers pre­pare them­selves for vir­tu­al inter­view­ing. Whether it be a phone call inter­view, a video call inter­view, you should be pre­pared to give your best. 

  • Pre­pare a decent and silent place in advance where you can give the inter­view from.
  • Prac­tice your tone of talk­ing so that you do not sound too com­fort­able and leaned back in the inter­view.
  • Down­load the nec­es­sary pro­grams for inter­view calls and always dress for the inter­view, even when you are attend­ing it from your home. To learn more about how to pre­pare for a vir­tu­al inter­view at Ful­lyprepped.
  • Have a copy of your resume ready in front of you. An advan­tage that you have in a vir­tu­al inter­view is that you can pre­pare a cheat sheet where you can write point­ers about how your skills and require­ments can be per­fect­ly 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 pro­file to prove out to be bet­ter than ever. Keep enhanc­ing not just your resume, but also the cov­er let­ter and your social media pro­files. Clar­i­fy on your social pro­files, like that on LinkedIn, about what is your spe­cial­ty. State what you are best at and what more you can offer to a new job and the com­pa­ny. 

  • The advan­tage of revamp­ing your LinkedIn pro­file is that your net­works will be noti­fied. This will open gates for these net­works to pass along any oppor­tu­ni­ties that they might have for you. You can take online class­es at Ude­my or Cours­era.
  • An employ­ee is hired and paid for their skills. So now when you have time, learn more skills and keep updat­ing them in your pro­file. The more skilled you are, the bet­ter offers you can get.
  • If you are look­ing for­ward to apply­ing to a job but do not have a cer­tain skill-set which is a require­ment in the job descrip­tion, learn it now. Here is a list of 30 Most Lucra­tive 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.

  • Fol­low up per­sis­tent­ly but also be polite.
  • Always fol­low up through emails.
  • Take con­trol of what is in your con­trol. Do not antic­i­pate unnec­es­sar­i­ly.
  • Send in a thank you email and make them aware of the fact that you shall be wait­ing for a revert.

You can watch this video by Lin­da Raynier to have guide­lines about how to fol­low up after a job inter­view. 

5. Accept Short-Term Opportunities

short term opportunities

The virus is not a for­ev­er phe­nom­e­non. But nobody yet knows for how long is going to stay. So for the time being, think about short-term plans as well. The econ­o­my is trick­ling-down and com­pa­nies are lay­ing off work­ers. There­fore, it is not nec­es­sary that you should only be open to long-term oppor­tu­ni­ties only. If you do not find some­thing for long-term, open your­self to short term oppor­tu­ni­ties. You are sure to learn some­thing and add to your skills. 

  • Look for jobs in indus­tries which are in demand more than ever dur­ing this pan­dem­ic. For instance, Ama­zon is hir­ing a great num­ber of employ­ees. 
  • Pep­si­co, Zoom, Blue Apron are also few of the many com­pa­nies which are on a hir­ing spree due to an increase in demand. 
  • Keep your noti­fi­ca­tion set­tings open to any kind of job titles you think you might be inter­est­ed in. 
  • Check email alerts fre­quent­ly to find out any job alerts which have list­ed open­ings that match your saved jobs.
  • Con­sid­er home-based jobs for the time being if you find an oppor­tu­ni­ty 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 pow­er of net­work­ing can solve a lot of prob­lems. If you keep your net­work­ing plat­forms updat­ed, you can get help from var­i­ous cor­ners unex­pect­ed­ly. There are chances that a cer­tain net­work from your pro­file might come through your skills and have a job offer for you.

  • Be a part of any pro­fes­sion­al group on Face­book or LinkedIn, accord­ing to your job back­ground. Chances are you can find great oppor­tu­ni­ties there.
  • Devel­op a secured net­work because even if you do not find the best oppor­tu­ni­ty dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, you can have extreme­ly impres­sive oppor­tu­ni­ties from your net­work after all of this is over.
  • Stay dig­i­tal­ly con­nect­ed to your for­mer col­leagues who might have an oppor­tu­ni­ty for you. 
  • Fol­low com­pa­nies of your inter­est and your field to keep your­self updat­ed.

7. Consider Remote Working

Com­put­er and IT com­pa­nies, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing com­pa­nies, cus­tomer ser­vices indus­tries, etc. are all work­ing remote­ly. So if you are inclined towards work­ing in a field that comes under these com­pa­nies, then apply to jobs which will require you to work remote­ly. 

  • Keep apply­ing to com­pa­nies with­out slow­ing down. 
  • If you are inter­est­ed in a par­tic­u­lar com­pa­ny, write a cov­er let­ter or appli­ca­tion and send it to an employ­er of the com­pa­ny. List the job titles that you are will­ing to work for.
  • Keep a track of how var­i­ous com­pa­nies are man­ag­ing their busi­ness in cru­cial times like this. And if you think a com­pa­ny is doing good, you can apply to it by send­ing an appli­ca­tion.
  • When you send your appli­ca­tion to com­pa­nies, make sure to not sound like you are only inter­est­ed in the job. Make the com­pa­ny aware of how you wish to con­tribute in help­ing the com­pa­ny over­come this time of dif­fi­cul­ty. FlexJobs is one of the best web­sites to find remote work jobs. 

Conclusion

Lever­age your skills in a dif­fer­ent oppor­tu­ni­ty to expand your capa­bil­i­ties. This is the time where you can exper­i­ment and know what else is there in store. Most impor­tant­ly, keep look­ing for jobs and do not stop. An inter­im job until the econ­o­my recov­ers is not a bad idea. Wher­ev­er you think there is scope of hir­ing, ask if help is need­ed. Do not be afraid of no as an answer. 

Once the world has a lit­tle bet­ter clar­i­ty about COVID-19, com­pa­nies will be back on track and you will also be able to land the job you have always want­ed to. But till then, learn as much as you can. And keep search­ing because you nev­er know you might land some­thing bet­ter than what you expect­ed. The world is full of relent­less­ly tal­ent­ed indi­vid­u­als, so embrace being one of them while you search for an oppor­tu­ni­ty. Keep net­work­ing strate­gi­cal­ly and make new con­nec­tions. This is just anoth­er obsta­cle, and we shall cross this as well. It is an obsta­cle, but obsta­cles are meant to be crossed and not stopped by. 

Impor­tant links to make your Job Search Eas­i­er:

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