With unemployment levels increasing, anyone looking to start work in 2021 may be feeling unsure of what to expect.
For students and graduates, there would usually be an array of career fairs and university events to attend. Instead, the pandemic has seen the academic year, exams and events turned upside down. What should be an exciting time in your life, embarking on the first step of your career, may be overshadowed by how to navigate the current employment landscape.
Here are some tips that you use when searching for your first job during COVID-19 times.
The first thing to do is not to panic. Businesses are still hiring, and there are still plenty of job ads, and job offers being made. Companies are always on the lookout for fresh, new talent and, even in the current climate, this rule of thumb hasn’t changed.
Given current restrictions and the continued need for social distancing, there are fewer opportunities to meet face to face for career advice or interviews. This means that having a good CV and cover letter up your sleeve before you even have any real work experience, is a must.
Fill it with details of your education, awards and accolades. Include any languages you speak, volunteer work and part-time jobs. Demonstrate your interests by including any extracurricular activities you may have taken part in and ask for teachers, lecturers and counsellors for a recommendation to accompany your CV.
Your digital footprint is more crucial now than ever. Make sure that it is sincere and portrays you in a good light. Questionable photos from nights out or controversial statements will not work in your favour. If you want to keep them, make sure that your privacy to set to private, so any potential employer cannot see them.
Create an “all-star” LinkedIn profile
When applying for a new job, you will be competing against dozens on other people who want the job as much as you do, so you need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. You can enhance your digital profile by creating an “all-star” LinkedIn profile.
Read LinkedIn’s top tips on how to create an “all-star” LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140528185743-108071439-4-steps-to-an-all-star-linkedin-profile/
Register your CV
Recruiters are always on the lookout for new talent and frequently search online CV libraries to add to their talent pools. Registering your CV with large recruitment agencies, such as Randstad and independent agencies, such as CareerJuice. This will give you additional resources who are keeping an eye out for the right role for you.
With most roles currently being home-based, invest in the right technology to help you succeed in today’s virtual environment. Make sure that you have a suitable laptop with a webcam, a quality headset and microphone and a decent internet connection, that will not cut out during an interview.
Research a company’s culture
Since it is unlikely you’ll get to visit a company’s office in person during the interview process, find out as much as you can about the company online, to ensure that their culture and ethics fit with your own. You can read reviews on websites, such as Glassdoor, to read other employees experiences of what it was like to work there.
Embrace the situation
Over the last 12 months, employers and employees have had drastically change how they do business. You may be worried about how you will build good working relationships with your new colleagues. The answer is, reach out to them. Pick up the phone, switch on the camera and work towards building the same relationship you would if you were in the office. Plus, you will have more freedom and more trust than ever before, so embrace it. You are empowered to work just about anywhere you have a good Wi-Fi connection, whether it is a hotel, a park bench or your kitchen table!
Now is the perfect time to prepare yourself for what comes next.
If you would to have an informal chat to find out more about how CareerJuice can help and support you, give us a call on 077818 504480.