Written by: Shivani Chauhan
In the present scenario where the entire world is fighting against the unsought effects of covid-19, the pandemic is expected to alter the economy as well. This unforeseen transition period certainly signals a big shift in both volume and velocity of businesses, pushing them towards a slack pace which is likely to cause global recession.
Finding a job in these trying times like these can be tricky, but pertinent too. And it is quite natural to be hovered between confusion and distress.
Well, this definitely makes future sound gloomy and unhopeful, but I truly believe that there’s always a glimmer of light even in the darkest of times.
So, here are some useful reminders to keep handy while job hunting, in the times of uncertainty and slow economy.
Stay Safe and Go Digital
Today the internet holds the key to every business group across the world, and so why not unleash its power to work safely and conveniently in our abode?
How To Go About Doing This?
Make The Most Of Job Hiring Platforms: Create a strong online presence on job hosting websites. If you are already using them, then it is the right time to upgrade your resume and related add-ons on your profile.
Evaluate your Social media Landscape: Do you know that recruiters also scan and consider your social media handles in their recruitment process? Take this time to work on the the public view of your profile.
Being a part of the millennial generation, we consume a lot of varied content on a day-to-day basis. That implies if you can curate and have a bug for social media, it can open doors to job engagements for you as well.
Let’s consider ourselves fortunate enough to have home and start accepting and making remote working a reality.
Unleash The Power of Networking
You need to let people know that you are open to job opportunities. You ultimately need employers to recognise you as a potential talent for their organisations.
Networking with alumni from your school or college, former colleagues or relatives eventually brings you closer to people who are seeking an organisation fit employee, in a short span of time.
Become a regular on LinkedIn, and make sure you add a headline to your profile stating clearly that you're 'open to new opportunities'.
I'd also recommend that you reach out to the right kind of employers on LinkedIn & Goodwall through custom DMs. Make sure to keep your messages to them professional, short, and to the point.
Start Working on Building Your Personal Brand
A recession doesn't have to mean that companies stop their hiring process entirely. In most cases, employers just get really picky with who they choose to hire. Therefore, now is the perfect time to build a personal brand to make yourself different from the crowd of applicants who you's compete with.
To do this, just shift gears and use your time to pursue content creation in your area of expertise.
Identify what you'll talk about. It needs to be something that is close to your work profile, so that when you apply for a job, your work as a content creator counts as a major differentiating factor. For example- if you're a marketing person, choose to speak about digital marketing, PR, content development, etc.
Choose your platform of choice.It could be a blog/website if you prefer writing to share your experiences and knowledge. You can use website builder platforms that don't require you to code . Or, you can choose Youtube if you prefer videos. You can launch a Podcast if you prefer speaking only. Opportunities are endless. This step injects a professional and sorted look, and could serve as a great brownie point for your next employer. It also brings exposure and recognition in the long run.
Make It To The GRAM! Social media is always to your rescue, therefore don’t forget to update and promote your interests on it. Build your following and meet like-minded people to connect and grow your network.
Grow With The Flow
Both learning as well as unlearning are required in the quest of your desired job. This is in the sense that, you NEED to differentiate yourself from others by working on your skill set.
Good news- it's easy to do these days. Just follow these 3 simple steps-
Pause. There is no better time than now to practice slow living and analyse yourself. Delve deep into your mind and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. This is just a simple exercise that will churn your mind and heart in order to know yourself better, and how you can become an asset for an organisation. Identify what truly makes you invaluable and what would be your areas of improvement.
Reflect. Then, try to associate your life skills to the job profile that you are applying for. Evaluate every concrete life experience and see if it's important for that job, as it can help in acing a job interviews very well.
And Then Divulge. After spending a few days doing personal skill assessments, you can accordingly teach yourself things that you really need to learn. Today you can learn almost anything through various online platforms available out there. Udemy has affordable courses, Skillshare has classes on almost anything you want for a small monthly fee, and Youtube has all the knowledge available for FREE. So yes, it's time to go back to school and learn. :)
Also, keep racking your brain to unlearn obsolete things and keep a track of new survival hacks with respect to your professional domain. Unlearning is just as important as learning if you wish to remain relevant.
Be Prepared For Rejections
It wouldn't be a recession if finding a job was easy. So, be prepared mentally for rejections that may come your way.
Keep it in your mind that a rejection in times like these is not a personal thing- it's not like you weren't called back for an interview because you did something wrong. In most cases, it'll just be because most companies are REALLY cautious around time when it comes to hiring.
Practice self-care as much as you can. Say affirmations out loud and remind yourself that you're worth it. Your confidence in yourself and your skills will matter the most if you're looking to convince others of the same. So, don't lose hope and keep your spirits high by regularly doing things that make you calm.
Lastly, don’t panic and fall in despair and obscurities. Be mindful of the fact that our economy is a series of ups and downs, just like our lives. You will find a job eventually, you just have to be positive and practice self-care more than anything else.
Any other tips you have in mind? Let us know in the comments. :)