Recruitment is on hold for most businesses at the moment but that does not mean that there are not opportunities out there.  So, in short, the answer is yes, it is worthwhile job hunting.

However, job hunting at the moment requires a very different and more complex approach than the classic applying for live job vacancies.  You need to plan and organise yourself so that you are ready to grab an opportunity when it comes along.  Think long term and use this opportunity to polish up and improve how you present yourself to the market as well as focussing on what you want your next career step to be and where you want to be in the future.

Focus areas for job hunting at the moment include:

  • Consider doing some volunteering or temporary work in a sector which is recruiting at the moment.  Supermarkets, social care and healthcare are all crying out for staff.  This would be an excellent opportunity for you not only to earn an income but also develop some strong skills such as communication, customer service and an understanding and appreciation of a different sector.
  • Reviewing and polishing your CV and LinkedIn profile. Make the most of the time you have and ensure that your CV and LinkedIn profile represent everything you do.  Draft different versions of your CV for applications for the different role types you are interested in. Come up with a relevant list of key skills to draw attention at the top of your CV.  Write an engaging personal statement which can be adapted for each role you apply for.  Ensure you include skills and evidence of your skills in your personal statement, no empty and generalised statements.  Build your network on LinkedIn by inviting everyone you have worked with and know to connect.  Join groups on LinkedIn and ask for recommendations from those you have worked with.  Follow companies and individuals you are interested in and add hash tags to follow as well so that you get relevant information in your feed.
  • Spend some time researching the market/sector you are keen to work in and identifying the companies and individuals you would like to work for.  This will help you tailor your CV and applications and ensure you are ready for any virtual interviews.
  • Think about the skills that you need to develop to help you secure a role in the area you are interested in.  Then develop them.  For example, there are a number of free and low-cost courses to develop your financial modelling skills.
  • Network with the companies and individuals you are keen to work with and the recruiters who recruit into your interest area.  Many recruiters are not very busy at the moment and will have the time to talk through your CV, clients they work with, what their thoughts are on the market and how they could help you longer term.  Make the most of this and keep in touch with them so that you are the ones they put forward for vacancies when they become live.
  • Make the time to talk through your options and plans with a professional and qualified careers adviser.  Many careers advisers are also not very busy at the moment and are offering free or low-cost sessions.  For example, our careers adviser is offering a half an hour free phone-based consultation.  If you are keen to take us up on this offer, please complete this MS Form and we can set up a call.

Recruitment into most sectors is extremely quiet at the moment and opportunities are few and far between but you should not sit back and do nothing.  Being proactive, building your online presence and upskilling will put you in a good position to be very competitive when recruitment bounces back and you might find your dream job along the way.

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