How do you search for jobs near home during the COVID-19 period?
During the COVID-19 period, we have seen the unemployment rate increase and the number of advertised jobs decrease. While these are alarming figures, it demonstrates a need to be more competitive and adaptable in how we are approaching the employers who are advertising.
Here are 10 tips on how to be more competitive
- Search for jobs strategically by playing to your strengths and ensuring the jobs you are applying for puts you at the top of the talent pool without looking overqualified for the position.
- Research the company you are applying for and do something that makes you stand out from the "crowd". For example, show up at their office with a coffee! Or find a problem that they have to fix and give them the solution in your cover letter.
- Create a job-searching routine every day, including 2 hours job searching via LinkedIn Jobs, SEEK, Indeed, and other industry-specific job sites, favouriting jobs to apply for, writing cover letters, tailoring your resume to suit the position and contacting the recruiter/employer to discuss the role. Also, include 1 hour on LinkedIn activity daily, to enhance visibility. This includes commenting on people's post (keep it professional!), sharing content, liking posts and helping others in a meaningful way. Headhunters who use LinkedIn can see ALL your LinkedIn activity. The more active you are, the better your chances are of being headhunted for a position that may not be advertised to the public.
- Set up a designated workspace at home where you "go to work". This will help you boost your motivation to apply for a job. At times, searching for a new job can be extremely draining and can impact on your self-esteem. If you let it! The best way to approach the job search period is to treat looking for a job as "your full-time job". If you are on Centrelink benefits, the government is paying you to look for a job. The hourly wage is crap. The conditions are nil. You have no control, and the only way to get out of the rut is to find a new job that pays better and has better conditions!
- Update your resume and LinkedIn Profile. If you have a resume or LinkedIn profile that is generic, boring to read and does not sell your qualities, redo it! If it sounds like a position description on a page. Delete the content altogether and add your achievements instead. Show the recruiter/employer that you not only have the skills to do the job; you are GREAT at your job! If you find writing about yourself hard, ask a Professional Resume Writer to help. Click on the link to get started: https://theperfectresume.com.au/products/resume-writing-services
- Take a break and spend time with your family. Searching for a job is not an instant reward. It could take up to 6-months to land a new position in perfect market conditions. Know that you are doing your best and use this time to rest, be mindful, learn a new skill and spend time with your loved ones. Before you know it, you will be in a busy new job and will wish that you had used this period more wisely!
- Leverage LinkedIn Learning, YouTube, Coursera, Udemy etc. to strengthen your skills or learn new ones. Your resume doesn't have to outline where you did a short course, such as Customer Service or Performance Management training. The important thing is, you are invested in your professional development, and this is something recruiters/employers look for in a standout candidate.
- Exercise! You want to be in Tip-Top shape when you go for an interview. Now is a great time to hit the pavement for 30-minutes a day. It will also give you some time to listen to a podcast or contemplate your next career direction.
- Practice your interviewing skills. Leverage the Situation, Task, Action, Results (STAR) approach and come up with some go-to examples that will help you sound confident in the interview. If you would like assistance with interview preparation, book a 60-minute phone session with a career consultant by clicking on the following link: https://theperfectresume.com.au/products/60-minute-job-interview-preparation-session
- Prepare yourself for knockbacks. It is NOT EASY getting a new job. If it were, everyone would quit the jobs they hate and get a new one. Sometimes, the position is advertised externally, even though an internal staff member is lined up for the role and you never really had a chance. You might have been close to being shortlisted and will never know. Use the knockbacks as constructive criticism. Contact the recruiter/employer and ask them what you could have done better next time. Sometimes they will give you a generic, not helpful response. Others will want to help you genuinely.
For now, job Searching is your new full-time job until you find a new one. Your challenge today is to find the companies that ARE hiring the positions you want! Don't let disruption and chaos hold you back from the Perfect job!
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