Despite the Coronavirus pandemic having severe short-term implications for the UK Job market, one thing we do know in this period of massive uncertainty is that this will be a finite period of time. If you are a job seeker how is this likely to impact you both in the short and the mid term and how can you be best prepared to take stock and capitalise on this in the future?
The indications are that this period of enforced working from home will have significant implications for the future way of working. We have outlined these below, together with our tips as to how to be "job ready" for the potential challenges ahead.
Delayed Start Dates
For those of you who may have been offered a role with a specified start date, be prepared for this to change, as with the current uncertainty things may not go exactly as planned.
With more businesses required to work remotely where possible, you may need to wait a bit longer than usual for your start date.
If you have given notice on your current role this may mean you are temporarily out of work, so you could consider a temporary role to fill the void. Our article here talks about the potential benefits of temping. However, the availability and scope of these roles and their relevance to your skillset is uncertain during these unprecedented times.
Increased use of Telephone Interviews
During the outbreak and whilst companies return to normal circumstances, many will seek to use technologies to limit face-to-face contact and increase their efficiency. Take a look at our recent blog giving tips on how to master this.
Increased use of Skype/ Video Interviews
Skype, Zoom and video interviews are becoming increasingly significant in recruitment and we predict this will continue going forward.
Employers will be eager to use technology to allow them to interview candidates without having to physically meet them. This means that business can proceed with their hiring needs in a safe, controlled way.
For further guidance and tips you may find this link to our blog useful here
A Chance to 'Take Stock'
Monumental events such as this, when the pause button has been pressed, lead individuals to re-evaluate their life and career.
With your spare time you may consider reassessing where you are at in your career and we would recommend taking a look at this article which talks you through career planning and some templates you can use for this.
You can also download our career template below.
Working From Home
This could occur during the initial stages of your new role or a temporary role, so be prepared and readily adaptable for this. This article from the BBC Website is worth reading and there are also several other resources available.
Learning never ends!
Depending on your current working circumstances, be prepared to use this time of enforced absence during isolation and lockdowns wisely.
Why not analyse job descriptions by listing each required skill and experience. Then consider whether you have that exact skill, if you have it but haven’t used it in a few years, or if you’re lacking the skill entirely. Use that information to determine what you need to brush up on to make yourself an even better candidate when the job market picks up again.
For instance, if you’re applying for social media or marketing specialist positions, the listing will likely require experience with Google Analytics. Being certified can make your resume stand out, so why not do a quick course.
There are a vast array of free learning resources and programmes on the internet, Youtube and free Microsoft training and tutorials that can help you to add more skills to your armour and ensure you maintain a positive state of mind throughout the pandemic.
Don't Forget.... It's Good to Talk!
Our experience tells us that in situations like this currently, Job seekers get overlooked. But we as an organisation can assure you that we are here every step of the way, whether than be a quick email, call, a career discussion or simply a shoulder to cry on in the worst cases.
So please do not hesitate to contact us.
Can We Help?
We have placed and filled over 100,000 temp and permanent assignments over the last 30 years so have a range of techniques, ideas and platforms which could help you. Why not call us on 0113 367 2880 to have a conversation with one of our team. Alternatively drop us an email here or check out our Testimonials and Case Studies.
PS: You can also check out our Candidate Showcase Video here.