The sudden onset of the coronavirus global pandemic not only badly affected the lives of people but also dramatically transformed their employment status. These dramatic changes are still in the air, and people are struggling daily on both personal and professional levels, hoping for things to go back to normal.
The Office for National Statistics shows that as many as 615,000 people lost their jobs due to the global pandemic. Although the government is providing relief to the unemployed, they are still deprived of the life they enjoyed before the pandemic.
In fact, 1 in 5 people claims that their economic condition has taken a bad hit after Covid. 68% of them say that their earnings have declined, while 8% say they have no source of income.
What is a person to do in such bleak circumstances? First of all, don’t lose hope! Like all things, this too shall pass. Secondly, read on to learn doable tips to get back on the career ladder:
1. Make an Impressive Resume
Your resume must be good enough to stand out among others in the market. Why? Because after Covid-19, now you are not the only one who is struggling to get a job again. For a single vacant position, there are hundreds of applicants. Hence, organizations only chose the best candidate. A standout resume helps you get picked.
Restructure your resume; Build a master CV. A master CV shows all your educational backgrounds and your previous work experiences. Moreover, make sure that you proofread it twice before applying for any job. Your CV should be free of any grammatical and spelling errors.
If you are not an expert in making a good CV, you can always take the help of a CV expert. Because remember, the first impression is the last impression, and your first impression is the CV that you would send to the employers.
2. Be Active on LinkedIn
Although LinkedIn is not an exciting social media platform like Facebook or Instagram, this is the place where you have to be more active to find employment opportunities. It is an employment-oriented platform that connects employers with employees.
This is where the organizations and businesses post their open job vacancies and reach potential candidates. This time, it is more important to make your LinkedIn account up to date and it should look professional. Expand your connections. With expanding connections, the American-based platform helps you find out about the job openings and know about the employers in advance.
3. Be Active on Social Media
During the lockdown of the global pandemic, most businesses have transformed their major activities on social media platforms. There are chances that you might end up meeting with your future boss through any of the social media platforms.
Most fashion and FMCG brands use social media accounts not only to reach their target clients but also the talented employers they are looking for.
4. Work On Your Skills
While in lockdown and limited to your homes, you have plenty of time to invest in your skills. With polished skills, there are high chances that you will get a good job soon. If not, at least, it opens multiple doors of opportunities and lets you excel in your career.
A Skills Toolkit with free online courses to help improve digital and numeracy skills has been launched by the government. You should give it a try. There are many online courses that you can choose to up your skills in your field.
5. Put in Effort Every Day
Being unemployed is also a full-time job because you have to look for a job every day. You have to visit the job website every single day, to stay updated. Prepare your CV and cover letter to instantly apply whenever a job clicks you.
Each day, try to apply for as many jobs as you can. This increases the chances of being called for an interview and getting hired. Even if you do not receive a response according to your expectations, do not lose hope. There is a time for everything, and your time will come soon.
6. Be Flexible
If you have lost your job in the pandemic, you cannot afford to be rigid. It is the time to think if you have any skills that can let you apply in different industries, and if you can shift your career into any other growing industry – at least for the time till you get your desired job in your field.
Remember there are many skills that can be easily transformed from one industry to another. Just focus on how you would represent these in your resume so that the employer picks you up.
7. Look For a More Secure Job
This is a time of crisis all across the globe. Many businesses and organizations are badly impacted by the virus. Many people working in the industries of hospitality, fun, and entertainment have lost jobs.
Even the freelancers faced a great decline in work. Make sure that the next time, you apply for a job in a relatively stable industry.
For example, hospitality is a big no at the moment, but the digital marketing and software development sector is booming. Therefore, they are a safe bet in the current situation.
Final Thoughts: Jobs After the Coronavirus Crisis
Covid-19 has been tough for all of us; businesses and people across the world are badly impacted. Many small businesses are permanently or temporarily closed down, while most of the people lost their jobs.
If you have also lost your job, and are running out of options, do not panic. Finding a new job is not easy, but try the above tips to help you land a good job, even during the pandemic.
Author: Arslan Hassan
Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions.