How to Land a New Job During a Global Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted the world into unchartered territories. As we do our best to navigate life throughout these surreal times, some things don’t change. That includes the need to earn in order to get by.

Many are facing the grim reality of unemployment and this is understandably worrying. But it doesn’t have to be a permanent pitstop! So how do you go about finding and nabbing a role whilst also practising social distance?

Update Your CV

We get it, sitting at home is actually exhausting. With a lack of momentum or routine, even the simplest of chores becomes a pain. But fortune favours the prepared! If you want to be successful you need to have everything ready to go in case an opportunity pops up. Make a strong brew and get to work, updating your CV and cover letter. Don’t forget to also spruce up online accounts such as LinkedIn.

Diversify

Now is the time to branch out a little and do things we may not have envisioned for ourselves. ANY work is better than no work, if it helps alleviate your sky-rocketing stress levels. And having something which keeps us occupied is a positive for mental wellbeing. So don’t be afraid to go for something a little different – something which you may have previously balked at. It doesn’t have to be a long-term career prospect. And when updating your resume, it shows that no job is too big or small for you: there is a certain pride in being able to do whatever it takes to look after business.

Network

Social distance doesn’t equal social isolation. Put yourself out there, even if it’s just virtually for now. Amidst all the chaos and drama, people are feeling more compassionate and connected than ever before. We are feeling driven to help others as a result of the hard times we are experiencing ourselves. This atmosphere is ripe for reaching out and assisting each other wherever we can. So pick up the phone or draft that email and see what’s out in the job stratosphere.

Interview Preparation

So all your hard work has paid off and you’ve finally scored an interview! But wait… the interview will be via Zoom! What now?

  • Please, please be on time. There is just no excuse if you are already at home and simply dialling in.
  • Wear what you normally would in an interview and ensure you are looking well manicured and presentable. If you’re tempted to keep the pyjama bottoms on, don’t! It’s not worth getting caught out and it’s just not putting the right energy out there.
  • Keep body language positive. Sit up straight, refrain from crossing your arms and try to relax.
  • Set up a neutral background. Avoid having the camera directly in front of a sink with dishes that have piled up, or anything that looks too busy. You should be the focus, not your surroundings.
  • Have a practice-run on Zoom (or whatever other platform you’ll be using) with a friend to ensure that the sound is working and there are no technical glitches to distract from your one-to-one.
  • Ensure you are looking at the camera when it’s your turn to talk to give your prospective employer the feeling that you are maintaining eye contact. When you are finished talking, it’s okay to look back at your screen.

With all of this in mind, there is one last thing you should keep in mind: relax! Don’t let the fear overtake you; trust that there is always a solution, no matter the problem you are facing. This is the time to be resourceful, rethink strategy and think outside the box. There is always an opportunity, you just need to know where to look. Good luck!