Looking for a new job is difficult during the coronavirus outbreak because many organisations have laid off their employees. Also, the traditional ways of hiring have disrupted.
Due to amid lockdown companies faced huge losses, COVID has impacted the way we work, but it is not impacting our business needs, companies hiring needs are still crucial and open positions still need to fill.
Many companies delayed their offers made to students because the Indian economic condition has rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether you were looking for a new job before the coronavirus pandemic hit or you lost your job because of it, one thing is clear, getting hired right now is not going to be easy.
But that does not mean that it is impossible to start a career in the pandemic.
Here are 7 Tips To Find a Job and Start Your Career During Recession!
1. Don’t Binge-watch Netflix!
Most of us have a little more downtime these days, but don’t waste your time on things that are not going to add value to your career. Use your time to update your social media accounts, remove contents that you don’t want your employer to see. Update your LinkedIn profile and start connecting with people and build your network.
2. Build Your Professional Network
Social media plays a very important role in your job hunt, so take advantage of this time to get in touch with people from your industry or company that you are looking for to work with, although most companies prefer to hire through employee referrals.
Sites like LinkedIn are best suited for professional networks so make sure that you update your information regularly so that people can help you with relevant job openings.
3. Focus on Industries that are Still Hiring!
Some sectors have not been hit as hard by the pandemic as others like Customer service and warehouse workers, package handlers, accountants and health care workers, etc. Search for the companies that are still hiring. Gather information about those companies, roles, etc and filter out the ones you want to work for and apply for them.
4. Go for Freelance Job or Internship
Take a freelance job or a home internship job at this lockdown to get a grip on the nitty-gritty of your field and add work experience to your resume. That will not only give you exposure to the industrial world, but relevant experience and knowledge required for working in companies.
It's better to gain practical knowledge about the field you are going to work, than sitting ideal and wasting time and opportunity that this pandemic has provided to you.
5. Flexibility and Fit
As the unemployment rate has increased to 20.8%, the demand for jobs exceeds the supply. Because of this, the salary offered is much lower, to adapt to this situation, you need to be flexible and realistic in your expectations of the role and salary offered. As job-seekers increase due to lay-off, you have to prove yourself that you are more suited to the role of the organisation.
6. Commit to a Lifetime of Learning
In reality, after the coronavirus effect, there is only one way to remain relevant, commit yourself to learn for life. In line with the World Economic Forum in just five years, Thirty-five percent of the skills deemed essential today will change.
In this tight job market situation skills are the most important factor that can give you a competitive advantage with advanced and expert job skills that will make you less likely to face unemployment even in the recession.
Improving your skills is the most accessible way in today's world, as it doesn't take years to build and acquire a new skill set, or you don't have to pay a lot of money; there are a lot of free online courses to develop your skillset.
7. Prepare For Interviews
Use this time to prepare for interviews you don't have much to worry about when you get called to one. Physical distancing won't slow down the interview process the best alternative to meet the employer in person is the video interview. Be prepared for a video interview practice your responses to anticipated questions.
Prepare yourself to speak in front of the camera. Looking and speaking in front of an inanimate object could be a challenge for many of us, as we are not used to it
In short, use this time effectively to learn a skill, work on that skill and get yourself enrolled in a project or course to become a better version of yourself. Always keep preparing for Interviews with the help of your friends. Learn deeper so that when the time comes for the right opportunity you can seize it with ease.