Tips for Job Hunting When Unemployment is High
Updated: Jan 25
Only a few months ago, finding a job wasn't nearly as difficult as the global Coronavirus pandemic made it. With record unemployment numbers, and businesses not making it through the shutdowns, many people's lives have been uprooted and turned upside down. However, despite these numbers, there is still demand in industries like construction, and retailers like Amazon. In some cases, there is now a rising demand for delivery service and non-critical healthcare positions across the nation.
Unfortunately, however, with millions of unemployed people, the competition to get these positions is staggering, especially as industries like accommodation, food service, and transport see catastrophic losses and cutbacks due to the plummeting demand. Whether you lost your job because of the pandemic or otherwise, if you're looking for a job now, you need to be prepared for an uphill battle against many other equally skilled individuals also out of a job now. The competition is fierce, so you need to be prepared to rise to the challenge and the qualifications.
Here are some essential tips to help you climb above the rest of the competitors and find
yourself a position in this troubling time
CV and Cover Letter
The first impressions do count if you even want to get into the interview stages of the hiring process. Your first impression is through your CV and Cover Letter presentation, so you want to make sure that they're up to date, accurate, and professional. If you have a LinkedIn page, ensure that your CV, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn page all tell the same story for your job history and education history.
Remember that the hiring team will have a pile of cover letters and resumes in front of them to go through, so while you make yours, you want to make it as easy as possible for them to notice and remember yours. Your contact information, as well, should be easy to find and you should be easy to contact.
Unfortunately, in the current job market, you're going to need to expect compromise when looking for a position. This means that you need to expand your job search beyond accepting a position you otherwise may have refused. Look at your previous work history and education history, and at the very least, expand your job search to positions you qualify for that are outside of your usual range of consideration.
Remember that even if this a job you don't keep and eventually secure another position in the future, finding a job now eliminates the gap on your CV and helps you have stable income through the crisis. Your proactive approach to making it through the massive unemployment crisis will look good to future recruiters as well.
Ensuring that your reputation is squeaky clean can mean one of a few things. The first thing you'll want to do is go back through your social media accounts and private or delete posts that could reflect poorly on you. Your social media is private, generally, so having fun family vacation pictures isn't the problem, but posts about how much you hated your old boss, for example, will reflect incredibly poorly on your character.
Another way to do this is to network. When you gain recommendations, get referred to people, and create a network of people in your field, you are creating a network of people who will vouch for you. In many cases, when a position becomes available, and you're active on social media within the industry, you will need name recognition.
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