Practical Career Advice in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic
For those who find themselves unemployed in the current job market, we understand that this will be a worrying time.
Here are some suggestions and pieces of practical advice for how to make the most of your time and how best to secure new employment, both short-term and long-term.
- Before sending your CV out to numerous advertised vacancies, use this as an opportunity to consider and research those new career options that you have silently thought about, or online educational courses which might enable you to take that next step up the career ladder when things return to normal.
- Spend some time updating, improving & amending your CV. Create versions of your CV focused on highlighting your specific skill sets and experience so that you can select the most relevant version when applying for new opportunities.
- Ensure that you keep in touch with recruiters…. things will improve and when they do, if you have invested time in highlighting your skills/experience, you will be at the forefront of recruiters’ minds.
- If your CV had been sent out for specific vacancies before working from home really became the norm, keep in touch with recruiters to ensure that when these vacancies are no longer on hold, you are considered for these roles again.
- Give your day some structure – okay you can give yourself a bit of a break but try to set an alarm to get up so that you get going for 9am for example. You’ll be far more productive and feel more positive by doing so than lying in bed watching Netflix in your PJ’s all day!
- Factor time in to doing some exercise every day, ideally at the beginning of the day – it really does make an enormous difference to your entire mindset; even if this means running 50 laps of your garden!
- Remember also that there are options for finding short-term work – supermarkets have thousands of newly created roles available to help with increased demand.
Article by Debbie Welch