The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown across the globe has changed the way that we live entirely. Even as we begin to ease out of lockdown restriction, it is important to understand that there is always the threat of a second and third wave of the virus, and the concertina of lockdowns whenever there is a bad outbreak in certain locations. This could mean that the way we work changes forever, and if you are in the middle of looking for a new job during the coronavirus crisis, this should play into your thinking. There are a few ways in which you can plan and apply for jobs during the pandemic, and with the support of the right type of professional recruitment agency, you can still find your dream job, even if it looks slightly different to how it would have during the back end of 2019.
Whether working from home or in the office, the job of a recruitment agency remains the same at its very core principle – finding the right types of candidates for different job roles and pairing employers with the right employees. Where things have differed is where certain parts of the application process are concerned, including any interviews.
There is nothing quite as nerve-wracking as a job interview. Sat opposite three or more people in an intense environment where you are grilled about the things you have put down on your application form. That’s the nightmare anyway, the worst-case scenario. However, the best recruitment agencies and employers will go through many parts of the application process with you in advance, and remain as professional as ever in providing you with the information you need prior to an interview, even if that interview will take place over the phone or via a video meeting rather than in person.
If you are preparing for a job interview during lockdown, treat it as you would a regular job interview. Dress smart if that is what is required and be early or at least on time. If it is a telephone interview, make sure you have all of your notes ready to hand and you are prompt and courteous on the call. Always have your goals written down, questions that you want to ask the employer, as they have to be right for you as well as you being the right fit for them, and be fully prepared for anything that comes your way. Know the company, its products and services, the marketplace and the role you are applying for.
The first step to finding your dream job is to find the right recruiter for your specific desires, experience and qualifications. Once you know what it is you want to do, you can begin to plan in earnest to write a fully formed CV and cover letter for specific roles. A good recruitment agency will be with you every step of the way, highlighting your strengths and weaknesses, helping you create CVs and cover letters that hit the mark and finding you job vacancies that suit your specific needs and your experience and qualifications. Things are different than they were before lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a job that suits you and gives you hope for your future career plans.