With the Covid19 virus spreading rapidly across the globe, the impact is not only being felt by large corporates and small businesses but by job seekers as well. Many companies are going through retrenchments and vacant positions are being put on hold; some indefinitely. Seeing that employers are uncertain about the future after the lockdown, where does this leave people who are currently on the job market?
We must remember that job hunting was not easy even before the pandemic but being proactive in your job search is crucial during this time. Relying on job boards is not going to be as effective anymore because many vacancies are no longer being advertised so it’s important that you interact with recruiters and hiring managers, LinkedIn is a great platform to search for recruiters in your field and build relationships with them. Relationship building is going to put you on the top of the list when positions do become available again. Use this time to work on your online presence, share industry content on LinkedIn, research all the trends in your field and keep up to date with how companies in your industry are dealing with covid19, also update all your social media pages and make sure your CV is up to date.
There are some positives though, employers are moving into the virtual space, making it possible to have video interviews via Skype and panel interviews via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Virtual interviews will continue even after the Covid19 virus to cut costs and reduce turnaround time when it comes to shortlisting and placing candidates, make sure that you have access to a reliable cell phone and/or reliable internet.
This is a difficult time for job seekers but your attitude will determine how well you handle the challenges and it will affect the outcome of your job search. Remember to look after your mental health as well, take a break when you need to and make time for things outside of job hunting. It is very possible to find employment during the pandemic, it just requires patience and effort.