How to find a job during COVID-19 in 2020
Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Hi - if you are reading this article - I know what you are going through, I’ve lived it.
The coronavirus pandemic affected all of us in a way or another, and if you are like me, it left you without a job.
It can seem pretty scary to get back to the job hunting days and yes - in 2020 it is harder than ever.
With so many people unemployed and so many businesses closing their doors, the competition went up like crazy.
BUT, the job for you is out there, even if it might take you a little longer to find.
Keep reading to find out a few tips on how to find a job during the Covid-19 pandemic.
#1. Consider working from home
Working from home seemed like a joke just a few months ago, but it is becoming a reality - and a legit way to make a living.
According to CNN, major companies like Facebook, Twitter, Slack and others are planning to shift to a work from home system FOREVER.
So not only the number of online jobs is rising, but it might be a permanent way of working in the future (regardless of any pandemic).
On the plus side, working from home has its perks:
No more commute!!!!
Pajama all day long
Can finally take care of your plants
Jokes aside, you should definitely consider this option if you wish to find an employment in 2020.
If you don’t know where to look, check out this article with a full list of websites where you can find online jobs.
#2. Make your resume Robots-Friendly
If you read my blog, you should know this by now: the first step of a job application is set by a robot.
According to JobScan, 98% of companies nowadays do not look at each application as soon as they receive it, instead they use ATS (Applicant Tracking System) - it’s a software that automatically scans all the CVs from the received applications and looks for certain keywords in them.
The problem is that sometimes the format of your CV, or the way it’s structured, are not readable to those softwares - and your application is automatically trashed.
To pass the scan, your resume needs to follow certain rules:
Right format (from Microsoft Words preferably)
Have all the right keywords
No graphs or diagram
#3. Get ready for remote interviews
Needless to say, if you get invited to a job interview in 2020, it will be done remotely.
If you’ve never done a remote interview before, you need to get ready.
It’s already quite hard to handle an interview face to face, and online you have the added stress of technical issues.
To avoid any weird (and unprofessional) moments, you have to be prepared.
The employer will let you know which app or software he wants you to use to conduct the online interview (most common are: Skype, Zoom or by phone) - make sure that you are comfortable using these tools or try them out on your device before the interview.
A few tips on how to nail a remote interview:
Smile all the time
DON’T LOOK AT YOURSELF, look at the camera
Ask politely if they can hear you and apologize if you have any technical issues
Check your surroundings: make sure that your background is clean and professional
Go to a quiet spot and turn off any other device
Inform relatives / anyone that could bother you - about the interview
#4. Pump up your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is a great tool for networking.
Statistics say that the site lists an average of 14 million open jobs, from 20 million companies worldwide and around 90% of recruiters regularly use LinkedIn for hiring.
According to a study, 122 million people got a job interview through LinkedIn in 2020.
So what are you waiting for?
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is perfect and up to date and highlight all your qualities under “skills and endorsements”. Finally, make sure that you pump up any experiences you had working from home or a remote environment.
#5. Get Back to Networking
I think you’ll agree with me if I say that 2020 has been a total mess.
Well, think about all the changes that companies had to make to their internal structure this year.
Most of the companies did not have the time to adjust to these new changes yet, and this might reflect on their online presence and their abilities to post job openings and follow up with applications.
In other words, with the high amount of candidates and the lack of employees and organization, you might want to consider other ways of applying for jobs in 2020.
Open up your phone book (if you still have one) and start reaching out to your contacts. Maybe an old coworker is now working for a company who has an open position, and he/she could refer you for it.
According to Forbes, 88% of employers consider referral employees as superior candidates.
So why not try it out?
#6. Try a recruitment agency
This point comes from my very own recent personal experience. Recruitment agencies are companies that connect talents with recruiters through different platforms.
The perk of (online) recruitment agencies is that their goal is to bring more and more candidates to the employer, so they are genuinely rooting for you, and - most of the time - they will assist you.
I personally would recommend you Randstad. You can check the job openings on the website and filter by location or position.
An agent from Randstad called me literally 2 minutes after I hit the apply button and they were checking up on me even multiple times a day to find me a perfect job.
Oh and all of this is for free.
#7. Highlight past experiences in remote working
Chances are that if you find a job in 2020, you most likely will have to work from home.
For any of you who already had experience working remotely, you know that is not the same as being in an office surrounded by people.
For a few people it might be a struggle and could impact on motivation and productivity level.
Recruiters know this, which is why they will prefer candidates who have experience in working from home.
Think about your last job and highlight any experience you had in working remotely: maybe you worked from home on Fridays or you developed a project collaborating with an office on the other side of the world or you led meetings through video call etc...
Make sure you highlight any of these experiences on your resume or cover letter.
#8. Your application needs to be rock solid
There is no time to kid around in 2020.
Any job application you do, has to be perfect. And with perfect i mean PERFECT.
Your CV has to be tailored to the job you’re applying to, ATS compliant and contain the right keywords.
As well as your cover letter has to highlight your most relevant experiences, while answering the question “why you?”.
This is a super important point which will take most of your time, but has to be done.
Check out my articles below to make sure your application is rock solid:
#9. Consider getting new certifications
The job market is getting more and more competitive, and few jobs are starting to stand out as more “needed” in 2020.
Look around. Scroll down the open position on LinkedIn or any other platform and you will notice something odd.
Most of the jobs openings have names that you cannot understand unless you are an IT specialist.
This is because we live in a digital world and if you have knowledge in IT or web development etc, your chances of being hired are higher than others.
I am not just saying this, statistics are backing me up: According to CNBC, jobs like Web Developer or Software Developer are listed among the 15 jobs that will be in high demand during the next 5 years (the rest of jobs on the list are in the medical field).
So if you are thinking about investing in a course or a master in these disciplines, now is the time, and it could be worth it.
Check out this website to find out some of the most useful IT certification to have in 2020.
#10. Time to be your own boss?
If you have some money saved up and were thinking about becoming your own boss for a while, now is the time.
Evolving in your career in 2020 is hard, most companies are not giving out promotions right now, so if you don’t have the necessity of working for a living, why not take some time off and starting your own business?
There are many ways to make a living online, if you are interested, check out this comprehensive article.
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