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Get Back on the Career Ladder after the Coronavirus

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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
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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

Most Effective Negotiation Tips for a Successful Job Interview

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , on by Andres Herrera.

Getting a job is one of the processes many adults go through in their lives. This can happen many times, as job changes are quite common. Nowadays, when the rate of unemployment is rising again due to the pandemic, more and more people are looking for a job. And when the pool of candidates is so wide, knowing how to make a good impression, share your experience, show your personality, and manage a negotiation is essential.

Job interviews are often seen as challenging and demanding, as you have to prepare to answer some interview questions. But one of the rules when going to an interview that will also help you when you are in the position to negotiate is, to be honest. Honesty is something all employers are looking for in candidates, and this will also help you avoid later misunderstandings.

But what do you do when you get a job offer? During the interview will also be questions regarding your salary expectations, so thinking ahead about your benefits is important. Here are the most effective negotiation tips for a successful interview.

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Think ahead of the benefits you want

One of the topics that will be discussed during the interview is your expectations regarding the salary, benefits, and working environment. Thinking ahead about what you want and what skills you need to develop continuously is important, as your new workplace can be the one that improves you the most.

Every company and employer have their own set of employee benefits. While some may offer health insurance, others may not. While others may offer performance bonuses, others may not. But many of them personalize the benefits sets depending on what the employees want, so it is important to know what you need.

Make a list of three to five benefits that are the most important to you. Then, add a few more that are not so essential. This will help you negotiate the offer you get and also share your expectations during the interview. If the offer you get is not what you thought of, you can always juggle or compromise between the benefits on your list. Knowing what you want will also help you analyze the offer and be more determined to get what you want.

Highlight Why You Need Them

Asking for things is something all candidates can do during an interview or job offer. However, not everyone gets what they ask for, and this is a topic that deserves further discussion. In some cases, the employer might not be convinced that the candidate is skilled enough for the job, that he has the necessary knowledge, or that he is motivated enough to work in this company. Many factors can influence the decision of the employer, and some of them are in your power.

Asking for things that you don’t deserve may be seen as a sign of greediness, something all employers run away from. It is therefore important to keep your humbleness while also being determined. Highlight why you are a good fit for this position, your skills, and expertise. Do it in a non-self-promotional way and avoid being arrogant. The employer needs to understand your previous experience, but also things about your working style and personality. Take care of how you convey the message.

In the Negotiation, Focus on the Offer, Not on Money

Many people think that their job satisfaction derives from how much money they make. But while money may bring happiness, they do this up to a certain point. When you earn beyond that point, your happiness level remains stable, and might also decrease.

One of the common mistakes many people make during interviews is focusing solely on money. More money may indeed come with more opportunities and security. But you should also pay attention to the other benefits you get. For example, you might get health insurance for you and your family paid by the company. You may get movie tickets or travelling bonuses.

There might be performance bonuses or special surprises on your birthday and during holidays. There are many other benefits you can get and that can help you make your lifestyle more pleasant, such as flexible working hours or the possibility of working remotely.  And spending the day at work can also be more fulfilling and enjoyable: you might have a game room, free meals, cooking classes, gym facility card, and many more.

Getting a job is about money, but not only about this. It is about the opportunities you get to learn new things, gain knowledge, and polish your skills.

Conclusion

It is therefore important that, during a job interview, you make a good impression. This means showing your personality, being honest, and sharing your expertise without being arrogant. During negotiations, it is important to not be greedy and understand the constraints the employer has, too. Make a list of the benefits you want and do your research. Based on these, set your salary expectations and highlight why you deserve it. 

And when it comes to the job offer and negotiation, do not focus solely on money. There are many other benefits you can get and that will improve the quality of your life, both private and professional. During negotiations, it is important to be decided, but also humble. Making a good impression is essential.

Author: Tobias Foster
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Tobias is a journalist and editor, a member of the professional essay writers community. He has more than 5 years’ work experience writing custom essay papers at a college essay writing service. Philosophy, marketing, and business are his passion, and he has a wealth of knowledge in that field. He is a master of his craft.

What factors contribute to an ideal workplace?

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Although a job is a job, numerous mitigating factors will influence your decision when applying and interviewing for a job. The workplace, quality of working life and the management team will help shape your decision, in addition to the location, role and payment agreement. Your skillset, skill level and previous experience are all primary factors that will help put you in the running when pursuing competitive job positions at reputable workplaces. We take you through some of the factors which you should take into consideration when seeking a job, writes Keith Tully of Real Business Rescue, a company restructuring and turnaround specialist.

Competitive pay package

Although the work environment may be inviting and up to a high standard, the novelty is likely to wear off if the job is poorly paid. If an employer is serious about employee satisfaction, they should make the financial commitment to pay staff for their efforts without compromising on incentive schemes, bonuses and employee entertainment. In addition to boosting employee satisfaction, this is likely to have a direct impact on retention rates. If a staff member is poorly paid, the costs of recruitment and the volume of missed work could simply contribute to a higher pay package.

A competitive pay package can elevate your standard of living and should typically match your position in life. For example, if you are the primary worker in your household, you should be able to afford essential expenses, such as household bills, loans, childcare fees, and maintenance costs. If your income is not enough to compensate for essential outgoings, it may be necessary for you to switch to a workplace with better regard for employee wages.

Regard for personal life

Entering the workplace or working from home can become an arduous routine if professionalism is used as a cover to seal away talks of personal life. As employees spend most of their working week with each other, it is essential to discover similarities between one another, share milestones and relate to similar experiences. By delving into your personal life, you can paint an accurate image of your personality, interests, and family life.

Stepping into your office or logging into your work portal should not require putting on a façade when experiencing major life moments, both fortunate and unfortunate. Encouraging conversation and shining a light into your personal life can help strengthen the bond between colleagues and add value to the workplace. If family affairs and commitments require your attention during working hours, easy access to work-life flexibility not only shows regard for your personal life but also humanises your employer.

Growth potential

The natural journey of personal growth extends to all your life experiences, from personal milestones to your roles and responsibilities in the workplace. If your workplace has no structured growth plan in place with established targets, your passion for the job may wilt away, leading to boredom to set in. If you feel as though you are in a dead-end job with no growth potential in sight, this could be at the detriment of your personal development.

Part of working life involves building upon your skillset, education and understanding of the industry to elevate your performance standards and portfolio. If your workplace is open to providing you with access to further training, qualifications, and educational courses, this shows a clear commitment to invest in the growth of employees. By offering professional development to help employees climb through the ranks of the company, you can work towards earning a promotion.

Regular appraisal

An appraisal is a regular review of an individual’s performance based on key indicators. To successfully conduct an appraisal, your line manager or employer will need to closely assess your work and behaviour over a set period. By identifying both positive and negative notes, the employer can work hand in hand with you to establish a set of personalised targets. Any concerns and worries are usually addressed during an appraisal under strict confidentiality.

Job description

The location of your workplace, distance and travel time may shape the way you handpick job opportunities as this will influence your standard of working life. Your ideal workplace may be situated close to your home to minimise commute time. An ideal workplace should justify the time spent travelling to the location and maybe even offer flexibility around working hours if this is important to you.

The ideal workplace

The components which make up an ideal workplace will ultimately be personal to you and depend on your employment terms. From employee recognition through to one-to-one managerial support, your experience will be influenced by numerous factors. The sector you work in and the business’s financial health will determine the scope of the financial incentives, resources, and support on offer.

Author: Dennis Taylor

2020: What we’ve learnt

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2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic broke into our lives, was especially hard for most of us. It forced us to get used to a new reality in a matter of days. Some changes were already there but they got accelerated. The impact was felt in every sphere: mentally, physically, on the economy… and of course, on how we work.

Remote working

One of our guest writers remarked that 70% of UK workers will be working flexibly even after the Covid (‘Why the work from home revolution is coming’). More versatility, a better work-life balance, and, according to some studies, higher productivity are on the ‘pros’ side of this new experience.

Of course, not everything is positive. There is enough evidence to support that there is value in presential work: spontaneous, face-to-face exchange with colleagues makes collaboration easier, allows co-creation, and possibly results in a more integrated team. We still need to find a formula to combine the benefits without affecting the production of collective intelligence.

Time management

The future of smart working depends much on our individual capacity to adapt without affecting our efficiency or personal routine. According to one of our recent articles, we should ‘try to recreate the structure that comes with working onsite by limiting distractions and setting boundaries’ at home.

Recommendations for remote working efficiently and in a healthy way have filled newspaper pages, taken up our LinkedIn feed and thousands of Twitter threads. If you’re still struggling to adapt to it, here are a few tips.

Emerging jobs

The pandemic not only showed how valuable our healthcare system and professionals are. It also revealed a shortage of trained workers in this sector, especially nurses, doctors, and support workers. For those professionals and students who are still formulating their future, the Covid crisis has opened the potential for developing more meaningful and contributive careers for society.

As the distribution of goods has become increasingly important for the economy, the Logistics sector is creating jobs on a massive scale. But it is not limited to this: professionals in Education, Finance, IT, and Construction are also highly in demand.

New job search technologies

Recruitment also adapted and reshaped at a very fast rate. Companies accelerated the implementation of some emerging technologies to continue hiring despite all odds.

Video interviews have become the new norm throughout the entire hiring process. Evaluations, questionnaires, and even contracts are signed online. Paperwork became paperless.

Other tools being implemented, such as AI-powered software used by recruiters to manage their hiring process and chatbots that enable a fluid exchange between candidates and companies.

And as for job seekers, conducting a virtual job search is mandatory now. Fortunately, most candidates are already aware of search engines such as JobisJob to browse and apply in a fast and simple way.

There’s always hope

It has been a great opportunity to appreciate our own ability to adapt and to learn. We learnt how to work and live smarter, how resilient we are, and above all, we also learnt that physical distance is not a barrier to stay connected and accomplish things together.

What do Recruiters Look For on a Resume at the First Glance?

This entry was posted in Articles, CV writing and tagged , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

A resume is your representative or even an ambassador while applying for jobs. Hence, it’s most important to create a superb impression that can get you that interview call and possibly the job.

Therefore, here’s a vital question: What do recruiters look for on a resume at the first glance? What are the elements that should feature on a resume and how long your resume should be to attract employers?

Understandably, these may sound complex questions. However, with some effort, you can create a wonderful resume that actually catches the attention of recruiters at the very first glance.

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What Recruiters Look on Resume at First Glance?

There’re five major elements of your resume that recruiters look for at the first glance. I’ll explain their relevance and how you can improve your resume to make it appealing.

1. Your Career Objective

There’s a huge debate among Human Resources circles whether a career objective on a resume is relevant or not in today’s era. Personally, I believe it is very relevant and important too. That’s because a well-written career objective actually leads a recruiter tor read the resume further.

Unfortunately, most jobseekers tend to write very uninspiring or vague career objectives, which can fit almost any entity for any job. This puts off recruiters. Hence, there’re very high chances your resume might get rejected merely because your career objective is poorly written.

A career objective is your personal vision and mission statement. It should clearly outline what’re your professional and personal goals in life. Yes, personal goals too. Because a career isn’t merely about a job. A career defines your whole lifestyle for a major part of your working life.

2. Skills

It’s worth remembering that skills are totally different from work experience. You might have several years of experience at a specific job. That doesn’t necessarily imply that you possess the skills that a new job requires. Therefore, one of the things that recruiters look on your resume at first glance is your skills that would prove useful to the business, if they hire you.

Therefore, before drafting a resume, the first thing to do is read the job post or job advert thoroughly. Comprehend what skills the recruiter is looking at and the nature of their business. And leverage your skills in line with the recruiter’s needs. Obviously, you won’t have all the skills that a recruiter requires. However, you can pitch as many skills as you have and point out their relevance to the recruiter’s business.

A common mistake that most jobseekers commit is to send a general resume to every recruiter. This doesn’t really entice a recruiter to shortlist you for an interview. Therefore, customizing a resume to suit the skills set required by a recruiter works wonders.

Also, include your soft skills because they matter a lot nowadays. Recruiters also look for desirable soft skills from a resume.

3. Career Graph

If you’re a fresher, the career graph doesn’t matter because you would be applying for the first job. However, do not forget to include any internships and traineeships that you’ve done while completing a course.

Secondly, also highlight any projects that you did while being a student or intern. These could be individual or group projects. The reason: projects speak volumes about your soft skills and aptitude for any specific job.

And for job seekers with some experience, recruiters look at your career graph for an altogether different reason. They wish to learn whether you’re progressing or stagnating in your career. However, a stagnant career graph isn’t something to worry about if that’s exactly the reason you’re looking for a career change.

If your career is going upwards, the recruiter would most likely be impressed and shortlist you for an interview call. That’s because career growth indicates you’re serious about your works and life and interested in the field.

4. Gaps between Jobs

Gaps between jobs on your resume are definitely something that catches the eye of a recruiter at the first glance. Because these gaps can indicate some serious flaws in your career. It indicates you’re changing jobs frequently and these could be due to negative reasons such as addictions, termination, and undesirable behavior, inability to get along with colleagues and seniors, or overall ineptitude, among others.

If you can genuinely justify gaps in your career, it’s fine. If not, never try to patch them up by giving false dates of leaving and joining any job. A simple Employee Background Screening (EBS) check will expose the truth. This can cost your job. Worse, it can create a very poor impression about you in the overall job market and several recruiters might not even consider you for employment, despite having all skills and qualifications.

Never fudge your resume to cover up gaps on your resume. If you’re asked to explain, provide the genuine reason without justifying yourself.

5. Professional & Social Affiliations

Your professional and social affiliations on a resume matter a lot. You could be a member of a professional guild or forum, alumni, social, or even sports and cultural organization. These affiliations always have a story to tell about you which a recruiter will try and grasp at the first glance.

For example, membership of a forum of professionals shows your interest in a specific field and career. It means, you have a vast resource of talent from where you could get ideas or solutions that might help your employer too, albeit indirectly. Membership of a social or cultural organization speaks of your personality traits.

At the same time, be a bit careful if you’re adding affiliations to any political or religious organizations. The employer may see things in a different light. While you can mention these political or religious affiliations casually, never use them to leverage your application for a job. That’s in very poor taste.

In Conclusion

If you pay attention to these five elements that recruiters look on a resume at the first glance, there’re high chances you might land an interview call. Also, I would suggest you read the difference between a curriculum vitae and a resume because the two are distinct and different documents.

Author: Natasha Shetty