Looking for some job search tips to help you come out stronger on the other side of this pandemic? Let’s face it: applying for your first (or a brand new) job is stressful in any circumstance. But what makes it even more daunting is the fact that the economy, the job market, and the world seems to be in a total state of chaos.
As global unemployment rates soar, first-time job seekers and those looking to change their careers might be wondering how to break into this less-than-blooming job market. As you might have figured by now, you’ll need to deploy some new job search tips instead of going into a place of fear and stagnancy.
Here are Adzuna’s top job search tips to help build relationships, find work and actually start moving forward in your career, during and after the coronavirus pandemic!
Keep checking on the job offers
If you had a job lined up before the pandemic threw everything on its head, now is the time to check if the offer still stands. Don’t ask about the status of your job offer, especially if the start date isn’t another few months from now. A lot can change in a matter of weeks. Before reaching out though, it’s important to check for any news reports about the company’s current situation. Remember that an offer that’s placed on hold or rescinded right now is nothing personal. The struggle to secure a job right now also isn’t any kind of reflection of your skills or value.
Be as flexible as possible
Your vision of what you thought your first job would look like might need some altering in these tough times. If you had your heart set on a full-time job with all the benefits, you might have to reconsider taking up a temporary or some kind of contract work until companies start hiring for more full-time roles again. Perhaps that social media manager role you applied for isn’t available right now, but you might be able to land an internship at the firm you had your eye on. Given the current situation, you might need to jump in at any open door, even if it’s not the one you had in mind, just to gain some kind of experience. Any work experience you gain in one of the in-demand industries can make you a more appealing candidate for your dream job later.
Let your skillset guide you
Don’t just focus on the job you want. It’s also important to focus on the industries most interested in the kind of skillset you bring to the table. Reconsider how your skills can be leveraged in the current economy. Whatever job you can land right now can be used to gain experience to help you transition into your dream role. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to discover a career path that you’re even more excited about!
Don’t forget to network
Reach out to your network and ask them to keep an eye out for opportunities for you. Your contacts could include lectors, supervisors, family members and even friends. Let everyone know you’re job hunting and don’t be shy to ask for help when you need it most.
Make sure you stand out from the crowd
If you’re set on landing a job, you’ll need to get clear on what you’re looking for and why you want it. Proving that you’ve done your research is more important than it has ever been. Your cover letters also shouldn’t just state you want to work at an organisation because they’re a blue-chip company. You need to show them why you want to work for them, that you’re familiar with their products, challenges and recent company changes. Companies are interested in what you can do for them and why you’re the best candidate for the job, so make sure you emphasize it throughout the hiring process.