Coronavirus has affected worldwide travel, economies, mental health… the list goes on. It has now spread to over 150 countries and is on every continent except Antarctica.
Unsurprisingly, many of you are also concerned about finding a new job within this current climate.
We don’t want to lie to you.. the recruitment Industry has been hit hard during these difficult times as has many other industries across the world. Reportedly around 7.6 million jobs are at risk because of the virus, so its understandable that many are worried. In fact, almost half (49.6%) of people in the UK have reported high anxiety at the beginning of lockdown.
The impact of this pandemic stems much deeper than job security. COVID-19 has compelled many people to consider their life choices, where they want to live, how they want to work and the type of work they’re willing to do.
Although we are being transparent with candidates regarding the suffering job market, on the other hand there are many industries that are benefitting from this.
It may be useful to know that industries including: health and social care, nursing, engineering, real estate, drivers and IT are all seeing increases in profit and therefore recruiting. It’s not all negative!
Our advice to you
We are advising candidates to ensure that firstly, your CVs are up to date with relevant skills and contact information clearly detailed. You want to focus on your transferable skills i.e. any relevant skills that you can utilise in another job.
Since we are in an employer-driven market at present, you also may want to consider online training or courses that will help strengthen your skills or develop new ones. The current candidate market is saturated, so you need to ensure your CV will stand out from the crowd with specific key skills, qualifications and a unique personal statement.
It is also worth noting whether you are happy to relocate, if you can be flexible with hours or if you are able to work from home. These are all things that current employers are likely to be interested in.
It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed during this pandemic, after all no one knows quite how long this will last for. So instead of focusing on the negatives, try to focus your energy on bettering yourself, whether its your CV, skills or mental health.
It is competitive out there but things will eventually turn around, companies will start rehiring and it’s important you stay determined and open to change.
If you need any tips and advice on writing a great CV or want help to find a suitable position, please email your CV to [email protected]