Although the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis has affected the job markets in many countries, there are still opportunities to be found for a determined candidate.  

Here are three tips that can help you keep your job hunt going:

1. Make use of recruiters – Recruiters can help guide and support you through the job searching process. By leveraging their client bases, you will have access to more roles that will fit your profile. They can introduce you to opportunities that are harder to find. These roles may not have been posted on the internet yet or they may be confidentially advertised. 

Working with a recruiter also saves you a lot of time because the efforts of searching for openings and writing applications will be shared. They will send your CV directly to the hiring manager, so there is no chance of it being overlooked.

It pays to forge an ongoing relationship with a recruiter and share your professional goals with them. This will help them remember you, making it more likely that they will contact you once a suitable role opens.

2. Preparation is key – don’t forget the basic preparation for beginning a job search,  for example, ensure your CV and LinkedIn profile are up to date and demonstrate your full skill set.

It’s also important to keep abreast of the current state of the job market and any predictions about its future. This way you can prepare your response to several potential outcomes and avoid meeting unexpected obstacles in your job search.

If your job hunting results in a remote interview, make sure you are prepared for the unique format of a video call. For example, check the quality of your internet connection and find an environment with an appropriate background where you won’t be disturbed. 

3. Be patient –  Although organizations are doing their best to conduct business as usual, the current remote working requirements may result in altered procedures. As people adjust to working from home, it may take longer for those you contact to reply to you.

Finding alternative ways to follow-up with companies and recruiters will not only maintain the momentum of your job hunt, but it will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role or the organization. For example, if a recruiter doesn’t reply to an email, try messaging them on LinkedIn.

It’s important to remember that your career is a long-term investment. Keeping up your job search in these uncertain times is a great way to focus on the future and the exciting times that lie ahead.

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