It seems we are living through the most interesting and the most intimidating, Steven King’s pen worthy times. Besides widespread isolation and fear of getting sick, many people are also facing difficult times for keeping existing or finding a new job. Many companies switched to remote work, but that has brought new challenges for management and employees – a new virtual working environment that needs solid technical skills and a lot of adjustment. Tough times.
If you are searching for a job, you must be very confused, not knowing if you should continue applying, or just stop and wait for the better times. The bad news is we don’t know how long the pandemic will last and what would be its consequences at the end. The good news is that there are still sectors performing very well or even better than before, such as online retailers, restaurant delivery businesses, pharmaceutical or health care companies. There is a higher demand for remote employees in the IT sector as well. So, don’t lose your faith just yet.
Improve Your Knowledge and Skills
You can also use the time between applications to learn new or improve some of your skills. Dive into technology would be my advice and boost your online/digital expertise. For example, learn to work in Office 365, Google Analytics, or Hootsuite.
You can find a suitable course and develop further many of your skills at the learning platforms like Coursera or LinkedIn Learning. If you have more energy and enthusiasm, as well as knowledge, you can use your expertise to create and sell a course on Teachable, for example. Now is the time to evolve!
Be Open to Adjusting or Changing Your Job Search Strategy
Your sector is facing a recession and you are witnessing a lot of layoffs. Do not panic. Think. What are your transferable skills? Can you imagine yourself working remotely or even changing your career path? If possible, consider orienting your job search and career towards the sectors and companies that nowadays offer plenty of new vacancies. Here are some of them:
Improve Your Online Presence
If you haven’t started already, now is the time to think about your image. What is your resume telling employees? How about your social media accounts? Not quite sure?
Give your CV a professional boost and go through all your online profiles. Focus on LinkedIn for networking and job search. If you are considering a career change, you are well aware that you need to change your CV significantly, so having an experienced eye on it would be a good idea. Don’t forget to match your resume and LinkedIn profile, be consistent when presenting yourself online, and always work to reflect your positive image.
If you need a helping hand, send me a message and I will do my best to optimize your chances of finding a new job in these difficult times.