What to do in a Post-Pandemic Job Market
The job market in 2020 was miserable. There are no two ways about it. The job market crashed, stores closed, and unemployment skyrocketed. Now that 2021 has arrived. Things are looking better. However, the employment industry is very different than it was a year ago. What was an employable skill twelve months ago, isn’t employable now. What is the main difference?
The shelter in place and stay home orders around the world fundamentally changed the makeup of the jobs market. It changed how we as employees viewed the workplace and it showed how important digital skills are in the growing online marketplace. Often, a job was determined duplicative and removed from the workforce. Other jobs were relocated to mobile locations on a permanent basis. However, there are still plenty of jobs that will return to the office, as they are essential to the culture and consumer life.
If you are looking to land a job in the alter the business world of 2021, you may be needed to reassess how your resume looks, how you apply, and what type of jobs you are willing to take. You are now competing against everyone that was laid off over the past twelve months. To land your dream job, take the following ten tips to heart and work hard.
1. Understand the New job Market
The old job market isn’t bouncing back any time soon. This means that the jobs available in the industries that were prevalent may not be there as the pandemic ends, and they may never come back. That means you need to re-evaluate how your skills match up with the current needs. Are your job skills still needed? Do you need to think about a new industry or possible new training? Who are you competing against? If you only competed against new grads before, you may be competing against experienced ex-employees this time around.
2. Network Early
Everyone hates networking. That is understandable. However, it is a necessity when good jobs are scarce, and finding the right opportunity may take more than just Googling job posting. Try to sign up for online meetings, conferences, events, or literally anything else to learn more about different jobs that you could potentially do, even if there are no job postings at the moment.
3. Talk to Recruiters
Another activity no one really wants to do is to talk with recruiters. However, they are an invaluable source of information and constantly have their nose to the ground hunting leads, digging up opportunities, and matching candidates with offers. Even if they don’t have a job for you, they may have a lead for you to pursue or some advice on how to work towards a more specific goal.
4. Review All of your Digital Profiles
Every company that is hiring will have a plethora of potential candidates. This means that the choice between two or three or a dozen people may come down to the smallest of details. There is no wall between the hiring director and your social media accounts. This means that they may be finding your digital footprints. You may want to make those profiles private until you land the job. Further, for platforms like LinkedIn, you may want to fully detail all of the boxes and provide as much information as possible for a truly professional look.
5. Get Creative
This is an open-ended option. Before the pandemic, all you needed to do was to hand them your resume. Now, you need to add something special to it. This could mean providing a link to a personalized website. It could mean connecting with the HR office offline or via LinkedIn. It could mean sending their office chocolates or candies. Being creative makes you stand out and appear unique. You don’t want to say, “I want this job.” You want to show them that you want it by making them feel special.
6. Showcase Your Adaptability & Critical Thinking Skills
In your resume, interview, or other connection with the company, make sure that you highlight the skills that would make you an excellent catch for this job. This means that if you are applying for an investment banking job, don’t focus on your BA in Classical Literature. Instead, focus on your experience that highlights your ability to do the job at hand. If your Classical Literature thesis was on 18th-century investments and financial strategies, then maybe it is important to discuss, otherwise, move on quickly.
7. Improve Your Digital & Data Literacy
There are no two ways about it. The world is moving online. Not every job is digital or has a digital aspect to it. However, if the company can do something online, then they will. There are plenty of cheap or free opportunities to take a multitude of online courses that can increase your digital and data literacy. Use these as jumping-off points for discussions with HR as a showing of drive and determination for personal and professional improvement.
8. Focus Your Resume on the Job
Too many people talk about their entire lives on their CV or resume. For post-pandemic 2021, no one will care about non-job-related experiences when they have to filter through hundreds of applications. Instead, you should overemphasize job-related resume additions, and shrink unrelated activities that still need to be inclusive. Make your resume digitally available and readily computer-readable. See number six above.
9. Reach out to a Person After Applying
It never hurts to reach out before and after you apply for the position. This shows you are serious, and you can use the opportunity to ask about the currently advertised position and if it is still available. If not, then you can inquire about other potential positions available. You could save yourself the application time or you could make a serious contact who will recognize your name when they pull up your resume.
10. Work the Interview
Finally, you need to work on the interview. What does that mean? It means that you need to fully engage with the interviewers. Don’t crack jokes. Don’t talk fluff. You want to be sociable but in a way that shows them that you are interested not only in the job but also in the company and working there. Ask them why they work there or how their progression has helped with their professional development. Ask about the work/life balance or the inter-employee community.