Tips and Tricks on How to Get a Job During a Pandemic
During this global pandemic caused by COVID-19, it‘s more difficult than ever to get a job. The job market is getting smaller and the job seekers are getting more by the minute. Therefore the competition is stiff. If you just graduated or you’re a young professional making your first moves on the job market this may be an extremely difficult time for you. But also if you’ve been working at a company for years and they've now let you go. But there are different ways of getting a job during this period to get you through. And in some cases, it may even be your dream job.
Networking is a fancy way of saying reaching out to others. There are many different ways of doing so that could help you get a job. The most important thing to remember when networking is to always make your intentions clear.
Friends and family
Pick up your phone and call your friends and family. They may not be able to get you a job directly but the may know someone that can. If you don't communicate and let them know that you are looking for a job they may not even think of you when a job opportunity arrives. Therefore you should make sure to reach out and let them know that you're looking for a job. If you don't like making phone calls you can also send out a WhatsApp, text message, or mail.
Nowadays social media is being used for almost everything. While most only use it for entertainment you can also use it to network.
Try to connect with as much as possible people on Linked In. Think about old classmates, friends for college, old co-workers, neighbors, etc. Besides that, you could also send messages to recruiters who work for companies that you’re interested in working for.
You may have a private Facebook where only your Facebook friends can see your posts. Even if this is the case you can still make use of Facebook to network. Search for Facebook groups where jobs are being offered. Join the group and introduce yourself. Besides introducing yourself you should also respond to the posts of employees in the group.
If you have a Twitter account you could search for jobs through hashtags. You can also pin a message on your page in which you let it be known that you’re looking for a job. This way everybody that visits your page will automatically see that you’re on the hunt for a new job.
Make your intentions clear
While reaching out to others it is important to make your intentions clear. Especially when you reach out to friends and family. They may not pick up on hits of you asking them for help. Therefore it's best to be blunt and honest. But its also important to make your intentions clear when you're looking for a job through social media. With every post that you make or respond to you should always mention at least the basics of what you want and what you have to offer.
When representing yourself it is very important that you stand out. Now more than ever. Having a diploma/degree, a great resume and a lot of work experience may not be enough anymore.
Depending on the field that you would like to work in you can get very creative with your cover letter and or resume.
A few examples:
- Make a short trailer
- Make a roadmap
- Make a mindmap
- Make a short PowerPoint or Prezi presentation
If you're looking for a job in a field where manual labor is required than it is much harder to be creative with your cover letter or resume. But even then creativity can be a good tool to help you stand out in the crowd.
Being employed directly by a company is what most people aim for. During a crisis of any kind chances of a company hiring workers directly become seemingly slimmer. Big companies usually turn to temp agencies during those times. Now during COVID-19, you’ll have a much better chance of getting hired through a temp agency.
Choosing a temp agency
There are many temp agencies to choose from. When signing up make sure you sign up with a temp agency that specializes in the field that you would like to work in. This is important when you have a diploma or degree that can only be used in certain fields. Besides that, it will also help with getting a job that you actually want and like. Some temp agencies can ask you to sign up with them exclusively. During this period it is best to spread your chances, therefore, you should sign up with as many temp agencies that specialize in your field.
When you don't have a specific field that you want to work in or a diploma/degree that you can work diverse jobs with it would be best to sign up to as many different types of temp agencies.
Benefits of working through a temp agency
During this COVID-19 period, you will at least have a (steady) paycheck. Most temp agencies offer you different payment choices. You can get paid on a weekly basis, biweekly or monthly basis.
Additional to getting a (steady) paycheck you will also build on your cv. This way you will not have a gap (or a smaller gap) on your resume. Of course, everyone will understand that it wasn't easy to get a job during the pandemic but this will show your determination, drive, and resourcefulness later on in your career.
Even without a pandemic, it can be very difficult to get inside certain companies. When you get the job through a temp agency you will have an advantage on people trying to get in without the help of a temp agency. After COVID-19 the company can then decide to take you on as a direct employee as you have already been there and paid your dues.
Tip: if you want to know which temp agency a certain company works with you can simply call the company and ask them. This way you will be sure that you're signing up with the right temp agency.
A lot of times people don't want to compromise when it comes to their career. During this time though you may have to do so in order to survive. Compromising will look different for everyone. If you just graduated or you're at the start of your career the comprise that you have to make will be very different from someone who has a lot of work experience. Whatever the case may be these compromises may be necessary for the time being.
Some of the sacrifices that you will have to make may include:
- working a job below your pay grade
- accepting a job that you outgrew
- working in a completely new field
- not putting your diploma or degree to use
- working hours that you don’t like
- working less or more hours than you would like
- working far away from home
- working a job with little to no benefits
When making these compromises it will mean that you will most likely settle for less than you deserve, are able to do, and want to do. Just remember that even though you are making these compromises it is only a temporary solution.
It’s always good to be persistent when pursuing your goals. If you have applied for a job but haven't heard back within a week you should always follow up. Sending an e-mail or a phone call will be sufficient. If you don’t follow up you may get lost in the mass. By following up you will let the recruiter/company know that you’re serious about the job and that you are willing to do more than just the basics.
If it turns out that the job has been filled by someone else, chances are they will think of you when a similar job opening arrives.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2020 Kimberly Martis