Job Seeking during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on many sectors of the economy.

Employers have had to close their doors to the public and as a result, many employees have spent the last year either working from home or furloughed. While many more have lost their jobs altogether. These constraints which were imposed in the overall interest of public health have left many of us wondering, when will we get back to normal and what will this look like?

The restrictions on society mean that finding a job during the period of lockdown has been a lot tougher than usual. Still, it is not impossible, and job seekers need to remain optimistic. As the restrictions ease, Job Opportunities will increase especially in hospitality and retails sectors. There are supports out there for you and we in WorkPaths have developed a course that can help you with your jobsearch.

Job searching is a skill, and like all skills, you can learn it. We can help you first by looking at your skills, knowledge and experiences and refining your jobs search to match these. We will teach you how to understand the local and wider labour market and effectively use the right Job search tools to find the job that’s right for you.

Whether this is your first time entering the jobs market, or you have been laid off for quite some time and are finding it difficult to re-enter the workforce or even if you just want a career change for a completely different reason, it all leads to the same place – A CV in hand and finding the right position.

The most important step to consider prior to your starting your Job Search is what you really want to do at work. What you are good at and what are your specific strengths, knowledge and skills.

You may want to progress in the same career, change your career path, or maybe you are not too sure of the path you’re on. In all of these situations, you need to get the specific help that we in Workpaths can provide.

We will help you focus your search and apply the right criteria when beginning your search.  

Take stock of what you’ve accomplished in your career so far and your goals for the future, think about the skills you feel most confident in and those qualities that make you unique.

If you don’t have a lot of work experience, consider any roles you’ve had in your community parent groups, sports teams, voluntary work you’ve done, and other life experiences where you applied your skills and interests.

Finally, once you know what job you want then you need to look at the tools you can use to help you find the job.

Social Media

Are you online, do you have Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or a Twitter accounts. Are these open profiles? What can an employer see is it professional or social, is it up to date? Is this what you want an employer to see?

Website

Do you have a professional email address, do you know where jobs are advertised, do you know how to use job sites, do you know how to set up job alerts?

Recruitment professionals

Are there recruiters who specialise in your chosen career, when is it best to contact a recruiter and what info should you have to hand prior to contact an agency How do you manage recruiters and the information you give them?

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