Stay Prepared in Your Job Search, Even With Uncertain Times
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many companies downsized and/or moved to remote work for their employees. With companies learning to navigate industries in an era of Covid-19, people are returning to their jobs and new employees being hired every day. Some companies have even found the need for new positions altogether!
These are our top tips for those searching for a job in an era of Covid-19.
Do Some Career Planning
One of the first things that you can do for your job search is to take an inventory of your skills and certifications and do some career planning. Start to think about where you want your career to go next, set some goals, and think about how you can reach those goals. You can then create a plan of action on how you can reach those short-term and long-term goals. Knowing what direction that you want your career to go in can help you know what kinds of skills, certifications, and preparations you can make towards getting there. Whether you are trying to find a job in your current career, or pursue a job in a new career, thought out planning is the place to start.
Practice Networking Online
Covid-19 has moved many of the things that were typically done in person to online. Networking events have also been largely moved online to stay within guidelines and keep people safe. Learning how to network and communicate effectively online is more important than ever before to becoming a qualified candidate. Just because networking events and interviews that were traditionally held face to face have been moved to online does not mean that they do not still provide value for your job search. Platforms such as Zoom, Skype, and other online meeting applications have been integrated into the practices of companies and networking events and being able to communicate effectively through them can increase your effectiveness in searching for a job. Not only will these skills help when you are networking, applying for a job, and interviewing for a job, but they will help in the job field where many meetings have been shifted to online platforms.
Boost Your Skills (And Resume)
While you are looking for work is a great time for you to sharpen your skills and make yourself a better candidate for a future job. Regardless of the industry you are looking to work in, there are certain skills and certifications that employers look for. Dedicating time in your job search to gaining these skills and certifications can set yourself apart from others and boost your chances at a job. Whether these are new skills or refreshing current skills, you should be working towards building on them. Many of the skills and certifications that employers look for can be completed online on your own time, and often these skill building classes and certifications are free! If you are not sure what skills and certifications you should be working on, a great place to find out what employers look for in candidates is in their job postings. Employers will list out certain skills and certifications they would like to see in candidates and are a great place to start. Once you gain these skills and certifications, you can update your resume to include them.
Be Open to What Comes Next
When you are career planning and working on your skills, you should be thinking about what opportunities may become available to you. If you have been considering a career shift, you may find that you need different skills and certifications than the previous career you had. Research the career that you have been considering switching to and learn about all the skills you currently possess (or don’t possess) that are desirable to employers. You should incorporate learning these skills into your job hunt to be the most qualified candidate in your new career possible. Staying open to new careers can open more opportunities on your job search, especially if you were not happy in your previous career (or job).
Prepare For What Comes Next
With all the uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought it is more important than ever to be prepared for what comes next. It is important to focus on what you can control such as building skills, career planning, and staying prepared for what comes next in your career. If you stay prepared, you will be back to work before you know it!