Job hunting in the time of Corona. What’s changed? Well, everything and nothing.
The likelihood is, is that if you didn’t like your job two weeks ago, you still won't be loving it now. And although it would be ill-advised to hand in your resignation without having a job to go to, this time at home could perhaps afford you more flexibility in your job search than if you were in the office full-time. Conversations with recruiters can be more freely had, web research more easily conducted and maybe, just maybe you’ll have time to really think about what you want to do.
Here are some tips to keep things moving:
- Power Hour: why not try to carve out an hour each day to dedicate to your job search while you’re working remotely? Maybe you’ll come out of this quarantine, fit, divorced, fat, alcoholic – maybe a combination of all four – but you can also use this time to keep your job search moving forward.
- CV honing: make sure your CV is up to scratch. Is it up to date, it is clear and concise, does it sell you. And please no photographs!
- It’s good to talk: network, network and then network some more. Find the hidden opportunities in those conversations. Ask questions.
- Growth industries: factor in growth industries to your target list. What companies are doing well at the moment and/or showing resilience at this time?
- Be targeted in your approach: write a list of the companies you want to work for and keep a record of who you have applied to.
- Consider freelancing: look into setting yourself up with the Chamber of Commerce - if companies can't afford a yearly salary at this time, they might consider hiring you on a project basis.
It’s back to basics, but there’s no reason to put your job hunting strategies on hold along with your social life. Have a plan, follow it and you’ll be in a stronger position to get the job you want when this madness ends.