12 tips for looking for a job in the current climate

By Robert Half on 2 November 2020

Searching for a new job can be a stressful time for anyone.

When we combine this with the fact that the world of work has been turned upside down in recent months, and this is starting to impact the employment market, this can be unsettling.

Looking for a job during and post the current crisis will look different, as businesses adapt their recruitment cycles. There will likely be more people looking for work and applying to the same jobs so it will be more important than ever to ensure your CV stands out from the crowd.

As you move past the initial shock of unexpectedly losing your job. If you are looking for a job right now, here are a few tips to give you best chance of getting hired:

1. Set yourself SMART goals

Keep your job search focused and positive. Regularly reviewing your goals daily and weekly will give you a sense of progress.

2. Update your CV and cover letter

Make sure that your CV and cover letter accurately reflect your skills and achievements and the potential you have to offer an employer. Don’t forget to tailor it for each role you apply for.

3. Don’t undervalue your soft-skills

The soft skills you have developed over your career such as flexibility, adaptability, self-motivation, innovation and positivity, particularly during time of uncertainty, can be a real advantage.

4. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date

Linkedin remains a valuable tool when it comes to looking for a job, so it’s important that you take the time to ensure your profile accurately reflects your CV to maximise your chances of getting noticed.

5. Looking for a job means paying attention to your network

While on LinkedIn, consider who in your network you might be able to approach who can support your job search. Are there any specific companies or target industries your skillsets would be valuable to right now?

6. Take time for self-learning and development

Set aside time to update or expand your skillsets. Think about how could diversify your career by adding to your current skills.

7. Consider temporary or contract roles

Consider widening your search to include temporary on contract roles as this can improve your opportunities of securing a role.

8. Share your resume with a professional recruitment company

Upload your CV to recruitment sites, where consultants will review your qualifications and experience, then match you to relevant, open positions.

9. Spend time researching the company

Review the company website, if they have released any new solutions, their social media channels as well as their financial reports for insights into the goals and mission of the business.

10. Start practising your video job interview techniques

Find a well-lit space and dress professionally as if you were going to an in-person interview. Pay close attention to your facial expression, tone of voice and body language to effectively build a rapport with the hiring manager.

11. Be well prepared for job interview questions

Prepare your answers for common interview questions and use the STAR method for answering competency-based interview questions.

12. Prepare questions for the interviewers

End the interview on a high with a strong close. Make sure that you have interview questions prepared for the hiring manager and reinforce your interest for the role, and why you think you would be a good fit. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback straight after the interview as well.

Many companies are already adapting their business models and innovative companies will emerge through this period of change. Companies are recruiting for roles every day, and candidates are finding new opportunities as a result.

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