How to overcome the challenges of looking for work during a pandemic
By Editorial Department.
Looking for a job is hard. Looking for a job is even harder in the middle of a global pandemic. You have likely spent hours upon hours looking through countless advertisements. Applied for any and all jobs that share, even remotely, some of the areas of work that you are interested in, only to find that others before you have made the cut in your place.
In your pursuit to find work, it can be incredibly discouraging to feel as though your attempts at standing out from the crowd are futile as you just don’t have -quite- what they’re looking for to fill that empty spot in their staff team.
Yes, seeking employment can pose challenges--but it’s not impossible. Here are some helpful hints how to make yourself stand out from the crowd the next time you submit that application form.
As the saying goes, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Around half of all the jobs available are not advertised. This ‘hidden job market’ is an underground goldmine of jobs that are waiting for talented people to fill them. One of those people could be you.
Use the opportunity to speak with friends and family.
These people who know you well could have just the opportunity you are looking for. You never know who will be looking for someone like you to learn the ropes at their place of employment, so don’t be shy in asking those in the know.
If that doesn’t succeed, get your LinkedIn profile updated and ask former coworkers to write testimonials about your work. There may also be opportunities for employment with these former coworkers, too.
The classic ‘show, don’t tell’ opportunity comes from doing just that. Yes, it might feel like working for free, but it’s as much a trial period for you as it is for them. Ask about any volunteering opportunities which can be sold as an opportunity to help out the company. If there are no openings available after some time, you could ask for a referral letter in return for your time.
Send Speculative Letters
As mentioned previously, not all jobs that are available are advertised. Your dream employer may have some particular goals they want to achieve but not have the right people to help to achieve them. Do some research around the company and find out who the hiring manager is. Use this information to send a letter similar to a cover letter. In your letters you should tell the organisation what it is in particular about them that makes you want to work there- as well as what skills you can bring to the table. Outline your skills and experience and a little about who you are as a person. They may have no vacancies at present--but you never know what they can help you with in future.
Don’t Give Up
Looking for a job is challenging and disheartening at times. Keep going when things seem tough- your next opportunity may be just around the corner.