7 Tips for job hunting during a crisis25 June, 2020
By Antonet Fehmi
A sudden loss of a job can be a kick in the gut with spiralling thoughts of anxiety about the future, and during a crisis, it is "a crisis within a crisis". It can be exhausting to wake up every day to find no reply to the jobs you have applied, constant pressure of bills piling up, and losing hope easily. The main challenge is how to face such a situation. It is easy to fall, but the harder you fall, the better you learn and the greater you will shine. Some strategies can help you through tough times
1. Accept the reality
There is a mix of emotions when it comes to job loss. Humiliation, failure, worry, doubt, anxiety, resentment, self-pity, and depression to name a few. Processing it can be different to different people. We live in a society of "Work hard, play hard" and "grind it, till you make it", that they fail to tell about the emotional wellbeing. Permit yourself to process the emotions of the loss. Give yourself the time to grieve, but do not get consumed by it. Find healthier ways to deal with your emotions like taking a walk, meditations, and workouts. There are chances of your self-worth being hit, but do not let your job status define you. Surround yourself with people who will uplift you and take this time to focus on yourself positively.
2.Build your brand
With the Corona virus cases surging and several countries implementing lock-down, it has allowed many people the time to sit back and contemplate on numerous things in life. One of the most challenging questions to reflect on is "Who are you?". Personal branding can help to reflect on your values and what you stand for. It calls for identifying your interests, gaining expertise in the respective field, and building an online platform to share your thoughts on it. 85% of the hiring managers prefer personal branding as it brings about trust and communication to the recruiters.
3.Enhance your skills
Who would have ever thought that there would come a time when the world would stop and take a break? This is the perfect opportunity to boost your skills. While going through the job descriptions during the search, investigate the desired skills, and evaluate whether you have them, or you need to brush up yourself to be a better candidate. Covid-19 has increased the global connectivity and made learning more accessible and cheaper. Platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, HubSpot, Skill share, Allison offer some free and affordable courses to improve your skills.
4.Optimize your resume
"To succeed in today's job market, you have to think of your resume as an advertisement targeted towards your future boss". Your resume is your first impression on recruiters. Writing a resume can be a tedious process and time consuming as you must fit in so many important aspects of your skills and successes in a sheet of paper. Updating your resume makes you reflect and identify the skill gaps needed to be worked on for the new world. Resume writing is not always everyone's cup of tea. There is a resume etiquette that must be followed, however, there are many websites such as Canva that simplifies your resume writing process with the help of resume templates. Spend your time and learn to market yourself
5.Build your Network
Covid-19 has made the globe move to video conferencing and online networking from human interaction. Platforms such as LinkedIn has evolved from a job-seeking site to a place where people can express their views, comment on business articles professionally and network with other like-minded people. Though LinkedIn has extensive job listing, networking can give you an edge over your job search process. You don't have to wait for meetings to build your network, just build your profile, post engaging articles, join groups of your interest, interact with professionals and make your profile stand out, and in no time your golden opportunity will knock your door.
6.Assess your opportunity
Opportunities can come in many ways, but in times of desperate needs, we tend to ignore them or take it without proper conscientiousness. It is important to have a quality job and to ensure that you are of the right fit for the designation, otherwise it can adversely affect your mental health. Consider freelancing and investing yourself in small opportunities to help you progress in your career.
"Self-care is giving the world what's best of you instead of giving what's left of you" -Katie Reed. Being idle can mess up with our minds and build worst-case scenarios in the head that can lead to anxiety. During those moments it is crucial to just STOP! Breathe for a minute and realize it is all in your head and stay positive. Invest the time to take care of yourself mentally and physically and do the things that you love, like picking up on a hobby that you left.
Job hunting during a global pandemic can be excruciating, but with patience and strength you can make it through. Remember as fast as things changed to the worse, it can change for the better and this too shall pass!