COVID-19: Job search strategies during a pandemic crisis
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2020 by Sweta Maharjan — No comments
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), many companies have moved to remote work to fight against the pandemic crisis. Many workers are being laid off or trimmed. From mid-March to early May, more than 40 million people in the world suffer from unemployment aids. Because of the coronavirus, the world is effectively putting on lock down as a result, job candidates now face a new challenge. Each company may not continue to hire. But there are still so many companies looking to bring on great talent to relieve problems and solve frustrating challenges.
Likewise, Competitive search does mean less hiring. So, it’s even more important to know how to stand out and show up as the person companies are looking for now so that you embrace the competition and land the job offers.
Here are some tips to keep a job search going strong during this pandemic crisis.
Establish an action plan of target companies
A job search truly begins with writing down your goals and corresponding action steps. To target in order of preference (start with 25 to 50 to maintain a strong focus) you wish, we have to develop an action plan of companies and bookmark their job posting locations. Make sure the companies that you’re targeting is aligned with your interests, values and background, and ideally are stable.
Be Prepared for Video Interview Upgrade Your Skills
Video interviews will substitute in-person interviews, but they should be treated the same. Your responses and your comfort with technology are the two things that depend on the quality of your video interview. In terms of your responses, it’s important not to get too comfortable during a video interview. It may seem less regular and more relaxed, but it’s still an interview. That means you must positively be 100% prepared.
Expand and influence your network
Firstly, you’ll need to find a new networking strategy so that events won’t be cancelled for even a while. It's never too early or too late to invest in your network. The best way to improve your networking skills is to put yourself out there and keep trying.
It’s also important to work towards gaining a reputation for being good at what you do as this can upgrade your visibility across your network. Writing and publishing articles on LinkedIn, a blog, or trade magazine can certainly aid with increasing your discoverability.
Upgrade Your Skills
Online Communities has increased because millions of people are working from home and engaged in it. Offline events have shifted online, bringing on new ways for people to connect. There are hundreds of options to network virtually every day wandering from educational to social, so take full advantage of them. Find a balance between professional events and fun, social ones.
During this time, being active on social media is more important than ever. Share and comment on articles of interest with your work community. Join conference groups and become part of the virtual conversation. This is a great way to connect with other network and communicate without having to travel or share space.
During Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) if you’re job searching, don’t give up! Be patient as employers work to redevelop their policies and processes. Who knows, you could get hired from the relief of your own home!