The COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted the way we live, as well as the way we work and look for work. If you’re on the job hunt at the moment and are even more stressed out than usual, here are some tips to get hired in this new environment.
Now is an important time to be more flexible with the types of jobs you’re applying for. Look for opportunities in many different places, and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and apply for different positions and roles. Let your potential employers know that you can adapt quickly, and understand that many companies are currently going through major changes which will probably require you to.
In this fast-changing environment, it’s important to move quickly when it comes to applying for and securing opportunities. Keep in mind there are many newly unemployed people who you’re now competing with for a limited number of positions. If you aren’t seeing results when applying for specific types of jobs, switch things up and don’t hesitate to say yes when an opportunity presents itself.
Offer in-demand skills
Chances are, you’ve got a few skills which are in-demand at the moment. These may not be your primary skills or the ones you’re used to promoting, but even a basic know-how can help you get hired. Think of what people and businesses are in need of at the moment, and be sure to highlight how you can make their jobs or lives easier. Don’t forget to update your CV and portfolio accordingly too.
Many businesses are now operating digitally, at least temporarily. But this shift to digital employment will likely be here to stay, even after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. That’s why embracing digital tools and platforms on your job search is so vital. Be sure you have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile, other relevant social pages and even consider creating your own website (which you can do for free using sites such as Wix). Not only will this improve your chances of being discovered, but having a strong personal brand online will make you stand out as a candidate. You can learn valuable online skills for free (and gain a certificate to add to your CV) with Google’s Digital Skills for Africa programme.
Reach out to your network
Let everyone within your network know that you’re actively looking for employment, as well as what you have to offer. Most jobs are landed through referrals, meaning that who you know is just as important as your skills. You can also use sites such as LinkedIn to reach out to current employees at potential companies- just remember to be respectful and follow our networking dos and don’ts.
We know this is a stressful time to be on the job hunt, but it’s important to stay positive and keep on going. Don’t forget you can speak to us privately on AskCellCgirl about any problem you’re facing. Good luck!