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Job hunting in the Covid-19 era

Undeniably, the coronavirus pandemic has hit the jobs market for both student and experienced hires. There have been direct losses of jobs and work experience. Offers have been deferred and withdrawn.
And yet there are far fewer people whose careers have been finished because of what’s happened – despite the gloom.
Crises can pause careers, but they less often terminate them.

Boost your employability from your home

Some employers – including some law firms are providing virtual work experience schemes for which you will need to apply. Virtual work experience schemes can involve:
  • Project work conducted online
  • Remote learning and tours
  • Virtual networking and chat
  • Distanced socialising
  • Supervision and feedback.
  • Also, there are free online experience programmes available outside the legal market. These may be a little general, but they offer genuine learning experiences and don’t require you to pass any tests or jump through any hoops to get onto. Two examples are by:
    RateMyPlacement covering resilience, personal branding, and networking.
    Barclays LifeSkills aimed primarily at school leavers although with some content suitable for those with more experience. Like the RateMyPlacement tool and most of the other free experience tools, it concentrates on building soft skills such as presentation skills and negotiation. For virtual work experience that more closely approximates conventional work experience, you will need to successfully apply to the recruiters who run in-house schemes in which their staff recreate online life in their organisations.
    There are commercial providers who charge for virtual work experience – but be careful that they aren’t offering anything that’s too general. There are lots of skills-building resources online which are free.
    If you want to part with your cash, you may be better off enrolling on an accredited online course in a niche subject. Or try free course providers including FutureLearn and Coursera where you can find short courses in topics ranging from data analytics to communicating with diverse audiences. Simply extending your reading can seem impressive to employers. Extend your knowledge of the sectors and professions your prospective clients work in.
    Almost any hobby or interest can help develop employability skills such as planning skills – providing it’s treated as a learning opportunity.

    Volunteering

    There are a number of ways in which to do voluntary work online through organisations such as Age UK, Amnesty International, Be My Eyes, Missing Maps, The Prince’s Trust and Zooniverse. You can also search for “Do-it-from-home” volunteering at Do-it-org.

    Keeping yourself in the employment market

    You might want to evaluate your online presence. Is it suitable for your jobs market? If you don’t want employers to see your online profiles, ensure they’re set to private.
    Work on your LinkedIn profile and connections. Comment professionally and blog professionally.

    Keep up with your employer research

  • Read their media.
  • Look at their annual reports.
  • Read about their clients.
  • Reflect upon your career goals

    Where do you want your career to head and why? How do your career goals and life goals connect?

    Check your CV

    Create a CV if you don’t have one; check it over if you have. Do this even if most of your employer’s use application forms. It will get you thinking about how best to present your work and your study history concisely and attractively. Crucially, practise writing a cover letter or a personal statement using the STAR method to describe your experiences and suitability.
  • Situation – what was the background to what you’re describing?
  • Task – what was the immediate objective?
  • Action – what did you do?
  • Result – what was the positive outcome?
  • Network with recruiters
    Employers haven’t gone away. Find reasons to contact them.
    Be open-minded
    Prepare to be flexible in the jobs market.
    Practise selling yourself on the phone and by Skype
    Interviews by both are more likely in a socially distanced jobs market. Maintain a good spoken pace – not too fast, not too slow. Make eye contact; pause for effect; smile; talk about what “I” did not what “we” did.
    Be patient with recruiters when following up on interviews
    As recruiters do more things remotely it may slow their response times.
    Be patient with yourself
    A little bit of self-care goes a long way. It may take longer than usual to find the right work.
    We are here if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us on 0330 088 8495 or info@ltckent.co.uk

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