Now that the initial panic of closures and redundancies have stabilised recruitment practices have started to find their ‘new normal’.
Working in a HR department, I can safely say that recruitment is picking up again, so here are my top 5 ways of preparing and searching for a new role during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Networking is key!
Zoom is the main tool being used and the good news is that it is free to use.
Look online for online networking events and get your details on LinkedIn, if you haven’t already to maximise your opportunities.
Boost your skills
Now is the perfect time to boost your skills and qualifications and neither need cost a penny!
Open University for example, has a number of courses that you can complete for free and receive certification to prove your newly developed skills.
Find yourself a great recruiter
When businesses need to increase employee numbers, they may outsource this to recruiters due to sheer volume.
Start building these relationships now and get them to give your CV a once over and provide you with feedback and you will be at the forefront of their mind
Consider temporary work
If you are currently out of work, consider temporary work to tide you over. Take into account any transferable skills you have and use these to search the wider job market.
Alternatively, if you have a passion or hobby that you could turn into freelance work, you could make your income that way.
Prepare yourself for virtual interviews
Appropriate dress is essential as is making sure you are in a quiet area where you will not be disturbed.
The interviewer will want to see you, so make sure you’re in a well lit area.
Yes! It is a great idea to have some supporting statements as to how you will work from home.
Hiring managers will ask questions around organising and managing your time, as well as how you keep motivated.
The last thing I would add is to consider how urgent your job search is.
Your dream job is out there, but so is uncertainty, so accept any roles with caution.
This article originally appeared on liverichmediauk.co.uk on 7 June 2020.