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Looking for work during COVID-19

Both employees and employers are facing unprecedented times during the coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses have closed or are getting used to working remotely. This has resulted in changes occurring in the job searching and hiring process, which has an impact on people looking for work.

Here are a few tips on what to expect when looking for a new job during the pandemic:

Go virtual

It is become impossible to attend interviews or career events in person due to social distancing rules being present. However, things are still going on, just online instead! Career fairs have been moved online to providing a virtual experience for people searching for jobs.

Many employers are still recruiting and have found ways around face to face interviews. Telephone and video calls are a good alternative to meet and chat with potential employers without putting anyone at risk.

It is also useful to have a virtual presence on the likes of social media and job sites. Sharing or commenting on articles or discussion groups makes sure that you know what is going on and shows you have an interest in the subject.

Consider a change in industry

Your job sector may be struggling at the minute due to new rules and guidelines meaning there are less jobs around. This is where you may want to consider moving to a different area of work. Whilst some industries are suffering, others are seeing an increase in job creation and are looking to employ people as soon as possible.

Supermarkets, warehouses, and care homes are all sectors that are currently in need of workers.

Remember, this does not have to be a permanent career change but just a temporary solution to keep you earning money and develop a new skill set during the pandemic.

Work on your CV

Use the time you have to update your CV. Make sure all your latest qualifications and experience is included. You may also want to take an online course, volunteer, or learn a new skill whilst you have more time than usual to spare. Not only will this keep you busy but may introduce you to a new interest that could lead to a different career path.

Do not give up!

Whilst it might be frustrating applying to jobs to never hear back from them, you need to carry on. There are less jobs available and more people applying, meaning the application process may take longer than usual, so be patient. Even if you do not hear back, your information will be on the employer’s system should another job turn up that would suit you.

Remember, the more jobs you apply for, the greater your chances of landing one.

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