“Do you think I should be looking for a job with everything that is going on?” Why yes, you should!
You may be thinking that businesses are not looking to hire people during this uncertain time, but contrary to that belief, they are! Why are they still hiring you might ask? To put it simply, businesses that have not had to completely shut and close down are still operating stably via remote working, especially now during this uncertain time due to Covid-19. Just because the business world may seem like it’s come to a complete halt, there are still many companies who are still looking to increase their productivity now and in the future. More importantly, with businesses themselves being uncertain when normal office/work life will resume, hiring a new employee remotely in the time being, does not seem as far fetched anymore to them. Do not be discouraged, there is a world of possibilities still out there.
At Black Pen Recruitment, we see this happening all over the world. Businesses are still actively looking to hire new employees, from customer service agents to commercial directors and more- even during this time which seems uncertain. There are definitely certain jobs that are more in demand at the moment than others but there are plenty of opportunities all around the world for you to consider not just now but also in the near future.
When trying to find job in uncertain times, there are various ways in going around it, and we have complied 6 tips and tricks we find are the most important and beneficial to finding a job now:
1. Engage With Your Current Network
Just because you are social distancing does not mean you cannot engage with friends, family and professional connections in other ways. With this in mind, let people know you are looking for a job, tell friends and family, email your professional connections, post on social media & groups as well professional platforms like LinkedIn and let everyone know you are looking for a job within a specific industry.
2. Get On Databases
Getting on databases follows the same principles of engaging with your network, except with this step you will be contacting companies and recruitment agencies directly. It is important to make sure that your most recent updated CV is added to companies and recruitment agencies databases, so that when a new job may arise with them, your CV will be there for them to find instantly! Click here to upload your CV to our database.
3. Structure Your Job Search
Make a list of platforms that you want to use in your job search journey, such as LinkedIn and Indeed. Ensure your profile in job portals are up to date and to list all your previous work experience, skills, employment status and notice period. Don’t forget to create specific job alerts for jobs and companies that you are interested in, so that you do not miss out on a new job opportunity. To refine your search even more, you should also make a list of consultants who hire candidates in your qualified industry and approach them directly when a new job is available. At Black Pen Recruitment our consultants are always here for you, you can contact them directly on LinkedIn or via email. For more information on contacting our consultants, click here.
4. Be Positive and Open Minded
It can be hard at times to stay positive, especially during times of uncertainty and its normal to worry and to feel stressed. However, worrying doesn’t help nor does it change the reality we are now in. Accepting the situation and then working towards a solution is your best bet to find a job in an uncertain business world. Believe in your abilities, continue to expand and grow your own knowledge and skills, talk with friends, family and colleagues and do not put yourself down. You have the capabilities to make it and you never know when a new opportunity knocks on your door.
5. Practice and Improve Your Skills
Have you ever thought maybe you would have gotten a job if you performed better in the interview? Or maybe you felt you didn’t have enough skills and experience? Now is the perfect time to nurture these skills and improve them to the best of your abilities. There are plenty of free online videos, courses and resources out there where you can learn to improve skills and expand your knowledge. In moments of uncertainty, you will see how well you can rise above it and set yourself on a better path to success.
6. Customize Your Job Applications
If during your job search you find job descriptions for positions that you are interested in, make sure that you customize your CV and motivational letter to the job itself. It is vitally important to make sure you have read the job description and understand completely the type of individual they are looking to hire. This does not just refer to your qualification and experience but also your cultural fit within the company. Therefore, if you know you meet those requirements and attributes, by customizing your CV you will have more certainty that your application may be chosen-making your odds far greater than others.
I want to take the necessary steps to securing a job now, what do I do?
We are always here to help, please click here to upload your CV to our database, and we will review it and see which jobs we can find for you, otherwise, take a look at our current job openings with our clients here and start applying today!
We at Black Pen place candidates in Europe, Middle East and South Africa on an ongoing basis, so even if we do not have the perfect positions for you today, we may have something suitable in the future. We are committed to offering the best personal service to our clients and candidates, building a long-term future that is mutually beneficial for all parties. We look forward to hearing from you and to help you take this next step in your career.