It is safe to say that the Coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every one of us in countless ways. It has particularly affected the workforce; with more redundancies and self-employed individuals unable to work each day. COVID-19 has hit the global economy leaving many jobless and furloughed as well as businesses having to drastically adapt their workforce in order to comply with the social distancing measures put in place by the UK Government.
If you have recently been made redundant during the pandemic or are self-employed so unable to work, here are a few quick tips to ensure you are an outstanding candidate to future employers when they read your CV and interview you.
1. Evaluate your skill set
Adapt your skills so they are reflective of the skills required for the line of work you want to enter into. If they aren’t, try and complete some online courses to gain the skills you need, many of which are free. It is important to be able to articulately evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your skills. Weaknesses are imperative too as nobody likes a show-off, and it demonstrates that you know how to improve! Furthermore, being able to communicate where you have been successful in your past job will show employers how prepared you are and how you have thought critically about your own performance in the past.
2. Network from your sofa
Use social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with people in your desired line of work. Introduce yourself, build up your following, be complementary and ask your connections questions about their role. It will be impressive to an employer that you have a contact already in the firm who knows you and could even give you a good reference. Follow the businesses you would like to be a part of on social media and ensure you are up to date on all their latest news. This will be invaluable for when your interview comes, and you already know a lot about the business.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have signed up to various volunteering schemes since the pandemic began. There are countless schemes near you to get involved in which will demonstrate to employers that you were proactive during the pandemic. The NHS Responder Scheme is a really important scheme to provide support to vulnerable members in society. There are also food banks and carer positions to volunteer for too. Check what is happening in your local area online or on Facebook. If you do not find anything that suits you, set up your own charity fundraiser for causes to help alleviate the pressures of the pandemic.4. Be open to similar jobs
Perhaps during the current economic climate, the job you want is not available, so loosen up a little. Be flexible and try and find a job close to the industry you want to enter into. It will make you far more employable if you have had some work during furlough. Use your network that you have been building up, to help you find work. It could pay off greatly.
I appreciate that these are particularly turbulent and trying times but don’t give up. Keep searching and keep researching. Evaluate your skills, network, volunteer and just be open to new job prospects, even if they aren’t entirely in the line of work you are wholly passionate about.
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