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Tips for getting a job in the COVID-19 era

Posted in career-advice

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The full economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown remains to be seen, but some sectors have already been badly hit by the difficulties of social distancing and reduced footfall in urban centres.

At the same time, many people are looking for new challenges, a change in working conditions, or were just ready for a new job before the pandemic began.

Here are five tips for getting a job in the COVID-19 era, whatever your reasons for looking.

1. Be patient

If you’re able to be patient, try to appreciate that this is a difficult time for many people and for many employers too – even if you are highly skilled and experienced.

Companies are facing a lot of disruption to working practices and workplaces, with social distancing rules that keep changing, but that has its benefits too.

At Alexander Hancock we are working hard to place talented candidates into suitable roles as quickly as we can, taking advantage of more telephone and online interviews to help you find your next job faster.

2. Be realistic

If you find yourself out of work unwillingly, try to draw up a budget and decide how long your savings will pay the bills, and how much you need to earn to survive over the long term.

Look at other options to reduce your monthly outgoings, such as remortgaging at a lower monthly repayment, or ask your lender if they have any repayment holidays available.

You may need to get through several weeks of jobhunting with no income, followed by a period on a lower income than usual.

Either way, we can help you by finding the best rate of pay currently available and getting you into a job faster – and we’ll be honest about the current conditions in your industry, too.

3. Be ready

When an opportunity presents itself, be ready to embrace it – this is where your patience can pay off.

If you can be available for telephone interviews at short notice, you can get your name higher on the list, which improves your chances of landing a job sooner.

4. Be flexible

If you normally work in a sector that has been hit badly by Coronavirus, consider whether you could move into a related discipline even if only temporarily.

We can help you to decide whether you want to do this, by looking at your skills and experience and comparing them with the industries we know have capacity for more jobs at the moment.

You never know – by placing you into a role that suits your experience and personality well, we might put you on a brand new long-term career path for the post-pandemic years.

5. Be optimistic

It’s easy to assume the worst if you find yourself out of work during a pandemic or the recession that may follow – but we can help you navigate this difficult time.

Many employers are offering more flexible roles and remote working, which could save you a lot of time and money on your daily commute.

Overall, this is a great opportunity to strike a new work-life balance, try a new career direction, or fill any skills gaps on your CV, all of which is good reason to be optimistic for your job prospects in the final months of 2020 and beyond.

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