How to Get a Job After The COVID-19 Crisis
Tips on looking for a job when the COVID-19 crisis is over
If there is a real risk that of you being laid off or sent on unpaid leave, you must start to think about how you will get a job when the COVID-19 crisis is over.
It’s been a long time since the world has been as united in its dread of terrifying adversity as it has with the COVID-19 pandemic. What started in Wuhan, China has touched virtually every country on earth. The media tracks death tolls in grim detail. COVID-19 has overwhelmed the healthcare systems of the most developed countries in the world.
Governments have struggled to contain the disease by enforcing lockdowns, curfews, and stay-at-home policies. While this has helped stem the virus spread, it has had profound negative economic repercussions. The United States has seen an astronomical number of jobless claims. In Europe, more than 11 million workers had lost their jobs by the start of April.
There’s a real risk that if you haven’t already been laid off or sent on unpaid leave, that could happen soon. When it does happen, you must immediately start to think about how you will get a job when the COVID-19 crisis is over.
1. Seek Out Industries Positioned for Rapid Recovery
At the end of a medico-economic crisis live COVID-19, certain companies and industries will recover much faster than the average.
For example, pubs, night clubs, cinemas, restaurants, and other businesses that are a focal point for entertainment and social gathering may see rapid growth as people try to catch up on the fun they’ve missed out on. In that case, you’d be well advised to check out job portals that specialize in the restaurant and hospitality space such as JobGet. Businesses in these industries will likely want to shore up their staff numbers rapidly to accommodate the soaring traffic.
2. Seek Roles Where Your Credentials Give Your Application a High Likelihood of Success
The average person has skills that give them a shot at working in a wide range of job positions. Nevertheless, jobs are typically competitive. Therefore, recruiters will prioritize candidates who are the best fit for the role.
Your goal at the tail end of the COVID-19 crisis is to secure a job as quickly as possible. With savings depleted and debt piling, getting some cash flowing in fast is key to bringing stability to your finances. Further, having a job makes it easier to get a new one.
Prioritize roles and organizations where your experience and qualifications give you the highest chances of an interview invitation and job offer.
3. Active Your Networks
Professional and personal networks have always been one of the best ways to get a heads up or recommendation on open positions. Speed is of the essence in the aftermath of COVID-19 and networks would come in handy in this regard.
Get in touch with your former work colleagues, college alumni, and professional peers. Tap into trade associations, industry events, and your LinkedIn connections. Flip through your email contacts and Rolodex. Let everyone who matters know you are looking for a job and would appreciate any leads they could provide.
Maintain your network. Check out our Daily LinkedIn Routine for Today's Super Busy Women.
4. Take a Temporary Position
Ideally, you’d want a longer-term job offer from the get-go. Realistically, it might be a while before a permanent position comes along. In the interim, don’t pass up opportunities to fill a job slot temporarily. That’s more so if you can find one in an organization or industry you’d want to work in the long term.
Temporary jobs are a great opportunity to get your foot in the door and show what you can do if given a more substantive offer. Also, the pay is fairly good since the employer will not provide the same degree of non-monetary benefits as they do to their long term staff. Even if the organization doesn’t eventually offer you a permanent position, the temporary role still counts as work experience.
It won’t be easy to find a job immediately when the COVID-19 crisis ends. But by applying these tips, you can substantially improve your odds of securing a position quickly.
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