Due to the current situation, it might seem harder than ever to land your dream job. Many companies are having hiring freezes and others have been making employees redundant (although hopefully with government measures this won’t be the case). But it’s really important that through this rough patch, you use it as an opportunity to get experience for a job to put on your CV.
Of course, a lot of supermarkets are hiring right now to keep on top of the demand from buyers. So if you are in need of money during this time, definitely see where you could help in your local community.
For those of you that may find yourself with more spare time on your hands during this social distancing, it does not mean your personal development has to stop. At the end of all of this, you could have a lot more to talk about in job interviews. So, what could you get up to to boost your prospects when hiring is active again?
Volunteer to help with the situation
For those of you that can, whether you have a bit of spare time alongside a part-time job in a supermarket or haven’t got a job, consider volunteering through this time.
Your local chemist might be looking for volunteers to deliver to elderly people that can’t collect, your council might want help befriending the elderly (such as this), or you could find online roles for charities.
Anything you can do to help will not only show your compassion to future employers, but can also help to ensure that you stay positive yourself and know that you’re making a difference.
Complete an online course or read skills books
If you find yourself with a lot of spare time due to the social distancing measures in place, use the time wisely to learn a new skill that could boost your prospects.
Take a look at platforms such as Udemy or LinkedIn learning to see what course you could do. For me personally, I’m going to take a look at what SEO course I could study as well as learning how to use InDesign, as I feel that will boost my CV a lot within my current industry.
You can find what skills are relevant to your industry by searching job postings and running through the ‘experience required/desired’ sections. Anything you don’t currently have but could learn/get now is worth a try.
Get unpaid experience in a job
This is a really difficult time for everyone, including us graduates. Those affected will include businesses themselves, so it could be worthwhile approaching small companies that may need the extra help for a few weeks but don’t have the budget to spend.
This one may be harder to achieve, and if you can, make sure that you aren’t being taken advantage of through offering to help.
Use the time to figure out priorities and goals
It might not be the easiest way to look at things, but while the job market has become quite stagnant, it’s a calm period to review what career you want and how you want to spend the next few years.
Often, we leave university and feel immense pressure to find any job at all, quickly, just to fill a void. But the time that we find ourselves with now might be a good opportunity to pause and say ‘what do I want from a job?’.
This can then allow for us to develop the skills we need for the job we want, so when it comes to applying for a role we know we really want it. If you need help finding out your interests read this post.
It’s a really trying time for a lot of people, and my thoughts are with everyone affected. For those that have lost their job as a result of Coronavirus or are facing a lot of rejections, it will be really difficult to see this as an opportunity to do anything but feel down. Take your time with whatever you’re doing, set yourself realistic goals and do what you feel is right.
Take care of yourself and your mental health through this, and try to see everything as an opportunity for positive growth.