01 May Job searching through the pandemic: top tips for success
Searching for a new position can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during the midst of a national crisis. However, if you’re job searching through the pandemic, either out of need or want, we’ve got some quick tips that can help.
1. Don’t panic
The latest LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index shows that people are increasing their job search efforts. In fact, 23% are spending more time looking for new work during the lockdown period.
This means that the job market certainly isn’t dead, and many companies are actively recruiting (virtually) or have everything ready to recruit after the lockdown. The best thing you can do is use this time to prepare.
2. Brush up your CV
The humble CV is still crucial in your job search. Ensure that it’s up-to-date, engaging to read, and clearly demonstrates your skills with relevant experience.
It’s also important to note that many HR professionals and hiring managers are working from home at the moment, meaning that your CV is less likely to be printed. Therefore, ensure that your CV formats and reads well both on and off the screen.
3. Polish your LinkedIn
If a company is interested in your CV, then they will definitely check out your LinkedIn profile. Update your LinkedIn profile so that it includes:
- A professional photograph (no holiday or Christmas party snaps);
- A clear, engaging and informative bio; and
- Information about your current skills and previous responsibilities.
Oh, and don’t forget to update LinkedIn to show that you’re actively open to job offers.
4. Start virtual networking
Networking groups across Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire were quick off the mark with virtual networking – meaning that you can continue networking morning, noon and night from the comfort of your sofa (just remember to brush your hair.)
Networking is an unmissable opportunity to meet new people, get your name out there, and improve your communication skills.
Speaking of skills, many learning providers have released free online courses during the pandemic. With a little extra time on your hands, you can enhance your employability by swotting up on technical or soft skills relevant to your job search.
6. Get free help and advice
Finally, at Profile Resourcing, we’re offering free help and career advice to anyone who has lost their job as a result of COVID-19.
From giving you honest advice about your career, practical tips about your job search, and useful information about which job sites to use – we can help.
To find out more, get in touch.