The landscape of the job market has changed drastically after the coronavirus epidemic. When the first few cases of COVID-19 were reported in India and when the government announced the nationwide lockdown, for a moment there, all activities ceased, including recruitment. Jobseekers around the country waited in trepidation for welcoming news.
But the job market never remained the same. New hiring measures had to be adopted while still following the protocol of social distancing. Job openings began to decline leaving many job seekers in distress.
However, the good news is that while many organizations had to let many of their employees go and some are on a hiring hiatus in order to prepare for the unrivaled economic unpredictability, some organizations are hiring swimmingly to meet the workforce demands.
Now, you have to keep in mind that the competition in the job market is quite demanding now. The key is to stay active and that is what this blog is all about.
How to keep your job search active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Learn new skills
Take up online courses that are relevant to your field of work. Learning new skills is a really good way to keep up with the trending job market. Social media platforms are the ideal places to check which skills are in high demand in your line of work. This way, you will be able to constantly update your resume and let recruiters know that you are actively seeking employment. Also, focus on your professional development by taking up soft skills classes or joining e-learning classes.
- Update your resume
Whatever new skills you have acquired, always add them to your resume. Ensure that every piece of information is up to date and that your resume is engaging enough to catch the attention of the recruiter.
- Expand your network
Professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn or Facebook, are where you need to be. Create a professional-looking profile and update all your work and educational backgrounds. Connect with HR managers, recruitment firms, heads of top-notch organizations such as the VPs or Directors to keep yourself updated on news regarding your domain of work and new job postings. Join communities that focus on job postings and recruitment. There are many people who have found employment through job-oriented social media sites and you could be one of them. All you have to do is connect with the right people and engage in discussions or posts.
- Stay active on online job portals
Stay active on online job search sites such as contract-jobs.com. More often than not, recruiters tend to look at the last active date of job seekers to see if they’d be available when contacted. A person who was active a month ago might have changed his/her contact info or might be looking for some other positions by now. So, they usually look for someone who has been active in the last 24 hours, which is why you need to log in to your online job site accounts at least once a day.
- Practice for virtual interviews
As the job market has changed, so has hiring procedures. Face-to-face interviews are no longer a safe bet due to the coronavirus epidemic. So, interviews are now done virtually.
Preparing for virtual job interviews will help you in gaining confidence and in answering the questions right. Go online and search for most interview questions asked and do thorough research about the position you are applying for. Seek help from a family member or friend and let them interview you virtually. You should also read everything about maintaining the right body language, eye contact, and facial expressions.
You should definitely keep hunting for jobs even if you think companies are not hiring due to the pandemic. Now that the nationwide lockdowns have been loosened, hiring is improving and increasing.
We hope this blog helps you in finding your dream job even in these very trying times.
We will leave you here with our best wishes.