Covid 19 has left many people searching for a new job, and whilst this can be a scary, uncertain time, there are things you can do that can improve your chances in the employment market. You may find that the loss of one job can lead to you doing something that you have always wanted to do, retraining for a new career, taking the chance to do something different. One door may be closing, but another could just be opening up.
If you are looking for employment, here are a few hints and tips that could make the search a little easier.
Use the Internet
There are many things you can do in the search for a new role. You need to be looking everywhere, not just the Job centre or the local newspapers. Many jobs are now advertised online on sites like CVVID, so you need to make sure you register on sites like this as this gives you a much wider search remit. CVVID is great in that you can upload a video CV where you can really show your potential to employers by letting your enthusiasm and personality shine through, and this could be the way forward in your job search.
Update that CV
A video CV does not mean that you should completely discard the original paper copy. Make sure your CV is up to date, and then send it out to potential employees, both electronically through email, and as a paper copy for more traditional firms. Don’t just apply for actual jobs, but send that CV, along with a covering letter, to firms you are interested in working with, ask companies to keep it on file in case an opportunity does arise – you have to put yourself out there in order to achieve.
Be More Flexible
Don’t just apply for roles that you think you have experience of, look at jobs that actually interest you. Many jobs offer some form of training and your enthusiasm and positivity could be your unique selling point, enabling you to try something new, maybe something that has always been a dream job. At the end of the day, the worst that could happen is that the company says no so it has to be worth a try, particularly if you feel like you are stuck in a rut workwise.
Look the Part
So you’ve applied for that dream job, updated the CV and bingo! you’ve got an interview. You know that you would be perfect for this position, but now you have to shine at the interview. You know that you can dazzle them with your knowledge and answers, but the reality is that your first impression starts the minute you enter the room, before you’ve even opened your mouth. The way you look and present yourself is truly your first impression, and so it pays to look the part.