All the tips for engaging in job search during a health emergency
Keep looking for work during the lockdown? Here is an article that explains why and how.
Nobody would have expected anything like this. The health emergency caught everyone unprepared, forced us to shut ourselves up at home and to re-evaluate or question many aspects of our lives.
If you were looking for a job before the coronavirus came, you probably thought about putting everything on standby, but no!
First of all many companies and employment agencies are carrying out remote selection processes , thanks to the technology that allows interviews to be carried out at a “safe distance”.
In any case, if you haven’t found any offers compatible with your profile, you should take advantage of this collective deadlock to move forward and empower your resources and tools for your job search.
So here are some tips to make the most of your time at home in this period and prepare yourself to continue your job search even during this critical phase.
Focus your goals
First of all you need to focus on your goals: in work, as in life in general, the first step to starting a path is to identify the goal.
Try to do some brainstorming to understand what you like and what areas of interest (professional and otherwise!) could be to start your job search.
Write a list of all sectors that might interest you to attempt a job placement. Do not limit yourself only to areas related to the studies you have carried out, sometimes broadening the point of view can lead to very interesting perspectives!
Update your CV
Continuing to look for work during the lockdown does not only mean only looking for ads and applying for offers, but also taking the time to optimize the tools available to present yourself to companies .
The resume is certainly the first business card to effectively “sell” your profile to recruiters and thus obtain the opportunity to access job interviews.
Work on your CV, think about how you could improve its form or content . Read all the tips for a perfect curriculum vitae in our in-depth article “Writing a CV: how to introduce yourself to companies”.
Enhance your cover letter
If your CV is your first business card to get an interview, your cover letter is the business card to get the recruiter to review your CV .
The name gives the idea of an antiquated thing, but nowadays the cover letter can also be simply (it is more and more often) the text to be inserted in the body of the email with which we apply to a job offer .
Prepare your cover letter carefully, indeed consider preparing several, customized according to the type of company you are sending it to . Change not only the header, but also the contents, each time choosing the information that could most capture the recipient’s attention.
To learn how to improve your cover letter (or prepare one from scratch), read our article “How to write an effective cover letter and get recruiter called”.
A smart way to take advantage of your time at home and continue looking for work during the lockdown in alternative ways is to dedicate yourself to training.
In normal times, you are unlikely to have so much time to invest in personal and professional growth , so you should definitely take advantage of it.
Here are some tips:
- Sign up for an online training course.
In order to enrich your CV and acquire additional skills for your professional background, the ideal is to look for an online course in the or in the areas that interest you most.
There are tons of options available on the web, including many free courses.
- Read a manual for vocational training.
You probably have a manual set aside for your personal training at home, which has so far been in the library waiting for time… it’s the right time to start studying!
If you don’t already have a text at home, you can easily choose it and buy it online.
- Start an online language course.
Again, think about how much time you could devote to learning or perfecting a foreign language!
Remember that knowledge of one or more foreign languages can make a difference on your resume and be a bonus to better face your professional life.
Maybe your dream is a career abroad … what better time to pursue the study of a new language that allows you to start one when we get back to normal?
Also read our article “International CV: how to look for work abroad”.
Update your social profiles
Another way to continue looking for work during the lockdown: updating (or creating) social profiles!
Yes, because nowadays recruiting also passes through social networks , so try to update your social profiles according to your job search.
Work to make your accounts more attractive, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, create one!
Read our articles dedicated to the topic: “Linkedin to find work: all the tips to do it in the right way” and “All the secrets to find work with social networks”.
Continue online search
As we said at the beginning of the article, everything seems to have stopped, but it isn’t.
Many companies are carrying out the recruiting processes thanks to tools that allow you to do online video interviews .
For this reason, don’t stop searching! Continue to check out the latest job offers available on the net and candidates for open positions that interest you .
Also check the active offers on our site.
Prepare for remote interviews
Not being able to move from home, interviews take place online remotely or by telephone, mostly on Skype or with similar applications.
Despite the modality, these are real job interviews and, as such, require preparation.
If you need to face a remote interview , read our article “All the tips for a good Skype job interview”.
Get ready for traditional interviews
So far we have talked about how to continue looking for work during the lockdown, but sooner or later we will return to normal and, once the health emergency and restrictions are overcome, you will have to be ready to face the interviews in the company of person!
The “real” meeting is certainly more demanding than the “virtual” one, especially from an emotional point of view . The management of the various stages of the interview often generates agitation because many factors come into play, from the fear of exposing oneself and receiving an opinion, to direct contact with the recruiter and the company environment.
To better prepare yourself to handle all possible surprises, read our in-depth article “Job interview: tips for tackling all the stages”.