Looking for a job during the coronavirus pandemic
Updated: Jan 25
The job hunt is stressful at the best of times – and COVID-19 is certainly putting a greater strain on all industries right now.
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the job market, and many more people are finding themselves working remotely, or not working at all.
But fret not: whether you’ve recently lost your job or you simply wish to move into a new role, there’s still plenty of opportunities in many fields available to you, right now.
What to do if you’re in urgent need of work
Roughly 1 in 20 people in the UK have already lost work due to the coronavirus. But don’t panic!
If you have recently found yourself out of work due to current circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, it’s not all doom and gloom.
The UK still needs essential workers, which include cleaners, store assistants, delivery drivers, and support workers. Industries range from pharma and healthcare, to retail and distribution.
These industries are hiring en-masse, which means you can potentially find yourself a new role pretty quickly – especially if you would be happy with a temporary contract for the short term.
What can I do whilst on furlough?
The UK Government has committed to providing 80% of the usual income for employees, if an organisation can commit to granting them a leave of absence, as opposed to a total redundancy.
If you’ve been placed on furlough, you are still employed but not undertaking any work. As such, you will need to check with your employer as to whether you can undertake any other paid work whilst on furlough.
It may be possible to work outside of your normal working hours, but it’s best to check the terms of your contract first.
Voluntary work during furlough is fine, and could even generate a new skill (see below).
If you held any other working positions alongside your now-furloughed role prior to 28th February 2020, you can continue to operate in these roles, so long as it is still deemed safe to do so under the new working restrictions.
How to keep up the job hunt momentum
Keeping up momentum in times like these is challenging, to say the least. But they can also be an opportunity for growth, and for positive change.
Below, we’ve pulled together some tips for keeping up the jobseeker drive.
#1 – Look at how your skills match up in a new field
The current job market has seen a huge shift, with many people opting to change career as a result.
What’s more, the jobs on offer are not necessarily less available; they’re just different.
At this time, it would be good to research the kinds of roles which you could apply to that aren’t in your usual field, which you think you would enjoy.
The crucial thing here is to remain current: take a look at the keywords and phrases in the job descriptions for the roles you’re interested in.
From here, you can update your CV with those crucial keywords which will ensure you’re ready to be top of the pile for any hiring manager, or can beat the applicant tracking system.
#2 – Look to bolster your skillset
Whether you’re simply job seeking as a result of wanting a career change, have found yourself on furlough, or are out of work entirely, now is a great opportunity to take on some voluntary work to boost your skills.
Volunteering can be a great way to upskill, which is particularly useful if the field you want to move in to requires some extra training or expertise which you may not have right now.
You can also add to your expertise by undertaking some online training in a new subject, or perhaps even a refresher course if you want a different role in the same field.
Either way, gaining greater knowledge or vocational experience for your prospective industry is always a bonus.
#3 – Keep an eye on companies you’re interested in
Through a combination of networking and research, you can stay ‘in the know’ about the latest trends for industries you find enticing, and the companies and employees which fill them.
Try locating some of the big players in your field or the area you want to be in, and follow their lead on social media.
Keep an eye on their websites too: not all companies share everything on social media.
What’s more, you can also keep up-to-date with job postings by creating alerts for new positions from company websites.
#4 – Consider utilising a professional CV writing service
At FAC3, we understand that right now is a crucial time for jobseekers.
Whether you’re relatively new to your field, or a well-established candidate, updating your CV can be stressful and even daunting. But it doesn’t need to be.
We can help you to update your resume, build a solid working foundation, and ensure that you gain that perfect edge on all applications.
To find out how we can help you, get in touch.