Now that the initial panic of closures, furlough and redundancies have stabilised in businesses, recruitment practices are finding their ‘new normal’.
But where do you start when looking for work in an employers market?
An employers market is when a hiring manager has an abundance of applications for their role. This means that they will have the pick of more candidates than normal.
Working in a Human Resources department for a large employer, I can safely say that recruitment is picking up again.
So here are my top 5 ways of preparing and searching for a new role during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Networking is key!
The majority of recruitment and networking is now done through technology such as SKYPE, Microsoft teams and Zoom. The good news though, is that these sites are free to join!
Also look online for online networking events and get your details on LinkedIn, if you haven’t already to maximise your opportunities.
Boost your skills
Now is the perfect time to boost your skills and qualifications and neither need cost you a penny! Open University for example, has a number of courses you can complete for free. You will also receive a certificate to prove your newly developed skills.
Find yourself a great recruiter
Recruiters are still working and when businesses start to increase employee numbers, they may need support with the volume of recruitment activity and will outsource this to their recruiters.
Start building those relationships now by getting a copy of your CV over to them. They will be able to give your CV a once over and provide you with some valuable feedback. You will then be in a really strong position when those positions come on board.
Consider temporary work
If you are currently out of work, you could consider temporary work to tide you over. Take into account any transferable skills you have and use these to search the wider job market.
Prepare yourself for virtual interviews
Interviewing virtually is vastly becoming the ‘new normal’, so make sure you dress appropriately. You also need to be in a quiet area where you will not be disturbed, blocking out your background and making sure you are in a well lit area.
It is also a great idea to have some supporting statements as to how you will work from home. Hiring managers are bound to be asking questions around how you organise yourself and manage your time as well as how you keep yourself motivated.
The last thing I would add is to consider how urgent your job search is. There is a lot of uncertainty out there at the moment and the last thing you want is to find your dream job and then have your contract terminated before starting because of any subsequent issues the business faces.