Three top tips to finding a new job in a Covid economy
Looking for a new job but feeling stuck? Read our top tips to clinching your next role…
Perhaps you’re looking for a job for the first time or have been made redundant because of Covid and urgently need a replacement. It can all feel a bit hopeless with fewer jobs available and most recruitment processes taking place online… but following our three handy tips may just help to kickstart your job search.
- Get yourself prepared. Very few employers will take you on without a decent CV, so that’s a great place to start. Check out some examples online and make a note of all the information you need to include, such as work experience and qualifications. Make sure everything you add is relevant to the type of job you’re looking for and stick to two sides of A4. Present the information clearly and concisely rather than going overboard with fancy fonts and formatting. Give it a careful proofread and ask someone you trust to double-check it.
- Start searching. There are plenty of job websites out there, so take a look and save everything that catches your eye, then narrow your list down to a handful of favourites. It’s better to apply for one or two you really want than ten you’re not sure about. Try to keep an open mind. There may be something that is indirectly related to your target field that you have transferable skills for, and you may just find it’s a stepping stone to your dream job! It may also be worth signing up with a few agencies who can look for work on your behalf, but remember that they will most likely take a chunk of your earnings once you find suitable employment.
- Practise online interviewing. You may feel as though you make the best impression in person, but most interviews are being conducted online at the moment, so be prepared. Practise using video technology (ie Zoom, Skype or Teams) and make sure you have the latest version of whichever software you need well in advance. Get a friend or family member to grill you in a mock interview session. Dress the part and pretend it’s the real deal! Prepare answers to the standard questions (ie ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’ ‘What attracted you to this role?’ ‘Can you give an example of when you worked well in a team?’ ‘How do you handle conflict at work?’). Do your homework on the company you are interviewing with so you know exactly what they do and how/why they do it. Ask sensible questions that show you have taken the time to do this and want to make a valuable contribution. Remember to make good eye contact (look at the camera as well as the people on screen, and definitely don’t stare at yourself the whole time!). Finally, sit up straight, speak clearly, smile and try to relax.
If you’re the praying type, bring your job search before God. Ask for his guidance before you start applying. Ask him to open the right doors and close the wrong ones. Call on Christian leaders, friends and family members to pray and support you throughout the process. Then don’t forget to thank them – and God – when you find that new role.
Proverbs 16:3 says: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”