Pandemic or not, we all could use some of these tips and tricks to make ourselves more employable and land a job.
The coronavirus pandemic has certainly disrupted millions of lives and led to countless of people losing their jobs. In fact, the term ‘furloughed’ is one we’d never come across until now. With millions of people struggling to make ends meet after being made redundant or finding themselves in the list of furloughed staff, the competition to get employed is becoming tougher and tougher.
It’s perfectly normal to feel stressed and have a breakdown if your employment status has been affected by the pandemic. But once you’ve taken some time to digest the news and grief, it’s time to bring on your A-game and look for a job. Of course, it’s not easy to land a job amidst a global crisis since most businesses are freezing hiring and cutting costs to keep their businesses afloat. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any job opportunities out there. You just need to stand out from the crowd to catch the attention of potential employers.
Here’s how you can use this valuable time to reassess your skills and increase your employability.
1. Don’t be afraid to branch out to other sectors
Just because you have a degree in human resources, it doesn’t mean you’re only restricted to seeking jobs in that sector. It’s common to think that you may not have the necessary knowledge or experience employers are looking for. However, you’ll be surprised how another job overlaps your expertise in so many ways. Give the jobs you’d previously discounted in the past another look and compare the job scope with the responsibilities you had in your previous role. Don’t automatically eliminate yourself from the competition just because you’ve only ticked 2/10 boxes of the job requirements. Some employers may look upon those extra skills you have and give you a chance!
2. Evaluate your soft skills
It’s not only hard skills that employers are looking out for. Soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, critical-thinking and organisational skills are all highly sought after and easily transferable in many jobs. While it is always wise to tailor your CV to recruiters’ requirements and list down your proudest achievements, don’t neglect the importance of soft skills. No employer wants to hire someone who has great knowledge in the sector but terrible teamwork or communication skills.
3. Grow your presence on social media
If you’re thinking of going on a social media hiatus, now may not be the best time to do it. Social media has grown into an important platform for networking and socialising purposes, and it’s not unusual for employers to have a huge presence on Facebook and Linkedin nowadays. You can increase your chances of landing a job or get founded by recruitment agencies simply by having an up-to-date profile on LinkedIn. On the contrary, if you’re extremely active on social media, take some time to filter through the contents you share publicly and remove any sensitive contents that could jeopardise your chances of getting a job.
4. Expand your skill sets
Being stagnant is never a desirable trait. Instead of spending your quarantine time catching up on Netflix series and sleep, make use of the free online lessons you could take right now to learn a new skill. Many websites are now offering free classes for a limited time to learn valuable skills like digital marketing, coding and new languages. So take this time to invest in yourself and boost the number of additional skills on your CV. By simply learning a new language or improving a current skill you already possess, you could greatly increase your chance of employability and also boost your confidence during job interviews.
5. Know your tech
Even if you’re not in the IT sector, having sound IT skills will always put you ahead of others. No matter what job sector it is, companies are utilising technology to increase the efficiency and value of their businesses. Of course, we’re not telling you to learn programming languages or data engineering. Take the initiative to figure out the IT skills you need to familiarise with for a specific position. It could be Microsoft Office, analytics, graphic design or marketing automation. Additionally, don’t forget to brush up on simple, essential skills such as basic email communication, smartphone and printer skills.