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What does job hunting look like during COVID-19?

May 22nd, 2020 by

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every business to a greater or lesser extent, so no matter what industry you are applying in, it’s likely that job hunting has been affected for you too.

Whether these changes will create a ‘new normal’ for the long term remains to be seen, but with social distancing measures likely to remain in place to some extent for many months, there are a few things worth keeping in mind at least for the medium term.

1. Be patient

First of all, every stage of the job hunting process is likely to take longer, as many employers are dealing with significant disruption to their normal recruitment procedures.

Be patient – give them extra time before chasing for a response to your application. If possible, make a note of any deadlines for applications, so you know when to time your follow-up for the best impact.

Working with a recruitment agency is a good way to make sure your applications don’t get missed or misplaced by HR professionals who are not used to working from home.

2. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit

At the moment, even talented candidates could face delays in finding work. Again, a good recruitment agency can arrange the introductions you need, but you might still want to apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit.

These benefits are designed to bridge the gap when you are not earning anything and special arrangements have been made regarding eligibility and how quickly you can start receiving benefits payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Face-to-face interviews

Strict social distancing rules mean very few employers will currently be holding face-to-face interviews, but that will change as those instructions are eased by the government in the coming weeks.

However, you may still want to request a video interview. Many employers will have used video calls and video conferencing apps for interviews during this time and might be happy to continue doing so even when it is not entirely necessary to do so.

4. Video interviews

If you are offered a video interview, treat the opportunity with respect – even more so than a normal video call in the course of your job.

Plan in advance so that you have a professional-looking background, are dressed and groomed to the appropriate standard, and if possible locate yourself somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed.

There are plenty of technical aspects to consider, such as lighting, video quality and microphone volume, but especially at the moment, employers will be a little more flexible as these are unusual circumstances for interviewers and candidates alike.

5. The future

Keep up to date with any changes to social distancing rules as the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds – especially anything that could affect your ability to attend an interview or even attend your new job at all.

If you are successful in an application, make sure you know if you can work from home and if so, whether that is a permanent arrangement or you will be required to commute into the workplace once it is safe to do so.

Job hunting is not impossible, in spite of the significant impact COVID-19 has had on all our lives. Stay aware and be flexible, as conditions will change.

Real jobs that you can do working from home

May 19th, 2020 by

If you’ve worked from home in the past, you might have found friends and relatives treated you as though you didn’t have a ‘real’ job. This is especially the case if you were self-employed.

Many people are still amazed that it’s possible to earn a living working from home. While the ‘easy money’ ads you see all over the internet are usually a scam, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a substantial income to be earned without leaving your house.

Accountancy Services

Accounting and bookkeeping are essential services for most businesses, so they form a discipline with relatively guaranteed levels of demand and no real need for physical premises.

If you have the skills and relevant qualifications, you have everything you need to get started offering accountancy services from home.

Dropshipping

Most of the jobs mentioned in this article are service-based, but dropshipping bridges the gap between a service role and direct-to-customer retail.

Basically, you list products for sale at a markup. When a customer places an order, you pass that order directly to the wholesaler who takes care of the inventory and shipping.

It’s a way to turn a profit without handling any physical goods yourself. You’ll need to be savvy with marketing the items you sell, but if you’re confident you can master that, dropshipping is relatively low-risk and potentially high-reward.

Etsy Store

Websites like Etsy provide a platform for creators to sell handmade items and homemade crafts directly to customers worldwide.

This is a little more hands-on than dropshipping and the service-based ideas mentioned in this article, but if you’re passionate about what you create and you’re confident you can sell it at sufficient scale to generate an income, it’s a rewarding career choice for many people.

Multimedia Services

Individuals who are talented in graphic design, sound production and video editing can capitalise on these skills to earn a good living from their own homes.

For many people, these skills started out as a passing interest before developing into a hobby and then a passion – meaning you can generate a solid income doing something you actually enjoy, in a place of comfort.

Training Services

Online education is growing fast and native English-speakers have a distinct advantage, as there is demand worldwide to teach English to international students.

You can do this remotely from your own home and there are online platforms that give you a reliable rate of pay, along with lesson plans and any other essential information you need.

Writing Services

There’s a wide range of writing services you can offer from home. Outsourced blogging and copywriting, editing, proofreading and translation services are all in demand.

You don’t need any equipment – just a computer and an internet connection – and as your reputation as a writer grows, you can scale up your business and raise your prices accordingly.

Pursue your passion

The above ideas barely scratch the surface of the different ways to make money from home, whether via the internet, awareness in your local community or otherwise.

If you have a true passion project and you can afford to take the risk, have a go. You can start many online initiatives in your evenings and weekends until you’re sure there’s a market out there.

Entrepreneurial spirit is a hunger that can only be sated by giving it your best shot – and if your idea is a strong one, it’s likely there’s money to be made from it.

What roles are companies hiring for in 2020?

February 26th, 2020 by

Getting the job of your dreams depends on suitable vacancies being available to apply for, and this holds true from entry-level jobs right up to executive roles.

Of course some entrepreneurs build their own business from scratch, but if you’re entering a mature industry, it’s usually easier to join an established company and work your way up.

Here are five roles many companies will be looking to fill in 2020, giving you the vacancies and opportunities you need to progress towards your long-term career goals.

1. Data analyst roles

Data drives profitability in a wide range of industries nowadays, and that means talented data analysts are always in demand.

As new technologies emerge all the time, the data landscape is continually disrupted. This helps to level the playing field significantly for new entrants.

If you’re relatively early in your career, data analyst roles are one discipline where recent education can be as important as on-the-job experience in landing the best positions.

2. Specialist sales jobs

Disruptive technologies need competent sales teams who are able to explain the potential of new innovations to prospects who have never heard of them before.

In many cases, the sales teams working on raising awareness and orders of new technologies are themselves from technology backgrounds, rather than traditional marketing backgrounds.

This is giving specialists an in-road into sales and marketing, a dynamic and rewarding discipline that you might want to consider if you want to get out of the computer lab in your next job.

3. Executive roles

Leadership is critical in this time of disruption and continual innovation, so talented individuals are finding new opportunities in board-level executive roles and senior management.

Getting into these executive roles means combining good career experience with personal attributes like good resistance to high-stress scenarios and flexibility across multiple disciplines.

If you fit the profile, executive roles could be well within reach and it’s worth putting them in your career plan even if they currently seem like an ambitious aim.

4. Human resources

HR roles are diversifying too. An increasing number of human resources professionals are being tasked with upskilling internal employees, not just hiring from outside.

Internal promotions have always been popular to fill senior roles, but the climate of disruption means new senior management and executive roles sometimes emerge with nobody to fill them from further down the hierarchy.

This leaves a question – recruit externally or train internally? There’s no right or wrong answer to that question in many cases, but it is one that is often left to the HR department to answer either way.

5. Regulatory and compliance

Finally, with an increasing amount of compliance and regulatory demand placed on companies across many different sectors, companies need department heads and executives who can navigate the treacherous legal waters.

Again this is often driven by emerging technologies, such as the regulations surrounding driverless cars in your company fleet, or how to handle marketing data collated via a mobile app.

If you have good awareness of the issues confronting your sector or you have undertaken relevant legal training in the past, you could find you have a head-start when applying for senior-level roles that would previously have had little exposure to legal issues.

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