The Covid-19 crisis has contributed to job losses and many people experiencing uncertainty about their future career prospects. If you’ve lost work as a result of the pandemic, or taking time out has inspired you to consider a change of careers, here are some tips to take on board.
Launching an effective job search
Searching for a job isn’t always easy, and it can be time-consuming and frustrating. Tailoring your CV, filling in applications, answering questions and writing personal statements takes time, and often, you fire off your submission only to hear nothing. If you are looking for a job at the moment, try and be patient, look for roles that complement your skills, experience and qualifications and take full advantage of the Internet. The web gives you access to hundreds of new roles every day, and you can also upload your CV to try and attract employers. If you have a specific job or industry in mind, sign up with specialist recruiters and register with targeted websites like Practice Match. If you’re open to ideas, or you’re just looking for something temporary to bring money in, you can join job sites with a wide range of positions and temporary jobs. It’s a good idea to consider seasonal roles and to look for employers who are taking on new employees in line with increased demand. Examples include delivery companies and supermarkets.
Identifying new opportunities
There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused widespread havoc and disruption for job-seekers, employees and business owners. While there have been obvious negatives, every cloud has a silver lining. The crisis has created gaps in the market, and many companies and intuitive entrepreneurs have benefited from a surge in demand for certain products and services. If you’re currently searching for a job, or you’re thinking about setting up your own business, look for roles or opportunities that have emerged as a result of new trends and evolving consumer habits. Most people are now working from home, for example. This has triggered a demand for home-based entertainment, flexible furniture, technology that enables you to communicate with colleagues and friends via video calls, home workout equipment and virtual classes.
Retraining and learning
Sometimes, taking a break can be a positive step, even though it can seem like a setback. If you’ve lost your job, or you have more free time than usual because of a reduction in your workload, it’s worth thinking about learning or even retraining. This is particularly beneficial if you’re thinking about a change of career paths, or you’re open to exploring the idea of going freelance or launching your own business. You can train online, choosing from hundreds of courses, workshops and programmes.
The pandemic has left many worrying about their careers and what the future holds. While uncertainty continues to permeate the air, there are opportunities to enhance your career prospects. Search for jobs online, look for gaps in the market and new trends and consider undertaking training. Change can often be positive, even though it may not be welcome at the time.
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