How to get a job in a pandemic
25th January 2022
Looking for a job during COVID? Don't be fooled by the bad press, there are plenty of opportunities out there if you know where to look! Current COVID conditions mean that employers are extremely understaffed and desperate for new employees to get started.
Follow our top tips to get the job and pandemic proof your future.
Connecting with people in your network is a great place to begin when job hunting. You can fast track your job search by networking online, doing things like joining professional groups on LinkedIn, attending virtual events and webinars, and following the businesses or individuals you'd like to work for. Make sure your online profiles are polished and up to date, and invest time into building your network - post, comment, engage, and share.
In some cases, it might also pay to reach out to past employers to see if they know of any upcoming opportunities that might match your experience. Word of mouth is a powerful tool when you're searching for work.
Is there a specific industry that’s experiencing growth right now? Is that company you’ve always wanted to work for that is opening a new office near you? Is there a high demand for your specific skillset due to COVID?
There are plenty of avenues to consider when researching job vacancies. Stay up to date with what’s happening in your local area, on the news, and on social media to track down new opportunities that may suit you - you never know where they can lead.
Diversifying your skills can improve your job prospects and help you stay relevant in a competitive job market. You can work on upgrading your hard skills, your soft skills, or both! We’ve created a list of easy ways to upgrade your skills here.
Customise your CV
Employers receive hundreds of applications each day – make yours stand out! Read up on the company or business where you’re applying to work, take note of what information is included in the job ad, and tailor your application to suit each specific role.
If you’re exploring a career in a new industry and don’t quite have the relevant experience, focus on the transferrable skills that you can bring from past roles. Most employers are willing to take on staff with less experience if they can identify other qualities or skills that would make them a good fit for the job.
Practice online interviews
Practice makes perfect! Thanks to COVID, and an ever-increasing remote workforce, online interviews are becoming more and more common. Follow our easy tips to ace your next online interview.
Be flexible & reliable
One of the stand out words of the pandemic has been “pivot”, and our advice is just that...pivot! Be open to exploring freelance or temp roles, and changing work schedules if need be. If you can show an employer that you are willing to go the extra mile, you’re more likely to secure ongoing work and be considered for future opportunities.
This also applies to job interviews and work trials. Leave a good impression and be on time, every time.
Connect with an employment agency
Need a bit of extra help? Our team of friendly and experienced coaches can work with you to prepare for, find, and sustain long-term employment. We are there to support you from the beginning of your journey (writing your resume, practicing interviews, and career counselling), right through to the end (on the job support, check ins, and ongoing mental health support).
You can learn more about our free employment services for job seekers here.
Follow up after interviews, stay connected with friends and family, keep networking and never give up – you’ve got this!
Where DO I look for jobs?
Start your job hunt online! You can search and filter by location, industry, and salary, and set up alerts for jobs that may interest you so you can track and apply for new jobs as they get listed. Here are our top picks for job searching online: