Job hunting tips during Covid-19
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Job hunting tips during Covid-19

27 May 2020

If you have lost your job due to the global pandemic or are looking for a better opportunity, don’t be disheartened – be prepared, writes Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Dalila Magro.

Covid-19 has changed our lives in many ways. The pandemic put a rush on the digitalisation of workplaces and remote working – a concept that drew skepticism from some management teams – is now widely accepted.

Despite the global economic slowdown, recruitment continues. If you have lost your job during this health emergency or are looking for a better position, don’t give up. Opportunities are out there. Here are some tips to help you find them.

1. Boost your LinkedIn profile and network

Absolutely update your CV and list it on job boards but don’t forget that recruiters love to search and meet candidates on social media. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, this should be your step one. LinkedIn is the place to be!

The LinkedIn business blog shares some great advice on how to create a unique and effective profile, one that showcases all your skils and achievements and provides a comprehensive overview on who YOU are, alongside your work and education history.

While you’re polishing your LinkedIn profile, spend some time using the search function and compose some short intro messages to send to new professional connections. This is the best way to expand your network and be more visible to relevant people in HR and key management positions at the companies you want to work for.

2. Upgrade your skills

The pandemic has brought additional stress and carer responsibilities to many. But if you do have the luxury of extra time on your hands to make banana bread or sourdough from scratch, consider signing up to a few career-related courses.

Platforms including Linkedin Learning, Coursera and Udemy offer online trainings that can help improve your professional profile and get you ready for the next challenge.

3. Be prepared for a virtual interview

The global pandemic and lockdown moved face-to-face interviews to online platforms like Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. It can feel more casual to be on a video call from your living room with a child or cat playing at your feet, but remember, a virtual interview is still a real job interview!

Do your research and follow the same advice that recruiters would give for an in-office meeting:

  • Learn about the company, its values, history and mission: it will show the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested.
  • Analyse the job description and list your skills and expertise against the requirements: in the interview make sure you can demonstrate how and why you’re the best candidate for the job.
  • Ditch the pajamas and flip flops (unless you can keep them out of the camera frame!) and wear something professional just as you would for an in-person interview. Dressing up even while staying at home also helps you to get in the right frame of mind for a job interview.

4. Be patient

It’s a very disruptive time for companies across the globe. While many are still hiring, recruitment processes are taking longer than usual. Try not to feel frustrated and stay in regular contact with your recruiter for updates.

5. Understand the job market

Sectors such as tourism, hospitality and retail have been greatly impacted by Covid-19 and are focused on supporting their existing workforce. However eCommerce, logistics and financial services are among the sectors still doing well.

TMF Group has a 7,800-strong global workforce that continues to deliver essential outsourced business services such as accounting and tax, HR, payroll and corporate secretarial from home.

Head to our careers page to explore our current opportunities and apply.

Written by

Dalila Magro

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

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