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5 tips to navigate job hunting in the Covid era

Jamal Niaz morson news

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Finding a new job can be a challenge at any stage of life and even more so during a global pandemic, with businesses struggling and cuts increasing. With working from home the new norm and regular hiring procedures taking place virtually in the process, we look at the best ways to help navigate job hunting during the pandemic.

Utilise your network

Make sure friends and family are aware you are searching for a particular job so they can be an extra pair of eyes for any vacancies in your field and help connect you with any helpful contacts of their own. Another great way of further expanding your network is seeking out like-minded professionals online, whether it be on LinkedIn or any other social media sites. Joining particular professional groups on Facebook can help link you to virtual events and workshops as well as simply making further contacts.

The main thing is to keep yourself visible and interacting with other professionals about relevant topics in your industry once you’ve joined a group.

Increase your skills

See what particular skills are required in each job description and if there is an area where you aren’t as experienced in or feel you need to improve on, work on it. For example, if there is a certain piece of software you aren’t familiar with then learning how to use this will only bolster your CV. Online courses and classes are also widely available for a range of areas with many coming completely free.

Become comfortable with Remote Interviewing

It goes without saying that for the foreseeable future a large number of job interviews will be online. It is therefore really important to approach the interview in the same way as a face to face one; look professional and be engaged with the interviewer. Be sure to look directly into the camera to maintain eye contact, make sure the background is tidy and dress smartly.

Be Patient

With hiring managers facing an abundance of applications, patience is key when waiting to hear back about an interview or offer. This is completely normal under these circumstances, so don’t be disheartened if you haven’t heard back within a couple of days.

Update your CV and LinkedIn profile

It might have been a while since you have updated your CV or LinkedIn so it’s important to make sure that both are equipped with your latest experience, key examples of work and relevant qualifications. There are many options to get professional advice on your CV. For example, if you are a recent graduate, you can get in touch with the careers service department at your university who can offer confidential support online.

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