Securing a job back then was already challenging as it was. However, with more job seekers eyeing for only a few career opportunities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition on how to get hired fast is much tougher.
One of the major unprecedented impacts of this global health crisis is leaving companies with no choice but to lay off employees. As a result, millions are jobless at the time when people need money to survive this trying time. In the Philippines, the unemployment rate has already reached a staggering 45% according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.
This is just a sample picture of what might be happening as well to other countries. And if you’re one of the numbers who are laid off and struggling to get a new job, don’t fret. Getting hired, especially at the height of a pandemic, is like a needle being picked up in a haystack. It’ll take some people to apply for more opportunities than they did before – for some, it may take a single application to land a job quickly.
But in order for you to stand out among all the candidates, you have to offer more than just your skills to the hirers.
Revamp your profile
One of the ways how to get hired is to have an impressive profile. I’m talking about your CV and your online professional profiles like LinkedIn, JobStreet, Kalibrr, etc. Note that you are in tough competition with other job seekers who are as skilled as you. And for employers, scanning through profiles helps eliminate applicants and select eligible interviewees faster.
When you’re looking for a job, make sure to update your employment history, key skills, and contact information. Doing so will highlight your career goals and development areas which can pique the interest of hirers. When it comes to your photo, I would suggest you take a professional-looking picture. Don’t use any of your Instagram selfies! Read more tips here on how to pick the right profile picture for your job account.
Highlight your previous work experience
Understand that your target employers may not have a single idea of your previous positions when they see your profile. While being a “manager,” “supervisor,” or “officer,” in past jobs is impressive enough, it helps that you spoonfeed the hirers about what your tasks actually were. It makes the job easier for them. Besides, it gives them an overview of your expertise in just one look. Might as well include your biggest achievements in your career to impress them even more.
Target industries that are hiring
COVID-19 might have massively affected businesses but there are industries that are still operational and continuously hiring. Industries like BPO, online teaching, banking, and computer or information technology are some of the areas where you can submit your application online. If you want to get hired faster, applying for companies that are urgently hiring gives you higher chances.
Let employers know you’re up for job offers
In this crisis wherein many companies have limited staff and working hours, helping hirers in their search for candidates gives you an opportunity to be selected and hired.
Online job portals commonly have the option to let employers know that you are accepting job offers, so don’t miss this simple feature. For instance, LinkedIn lets users update their profile to inform recruiters that they are open to work. JobStreet, on the other hand, recently launched the #WorkNow feature that you can add on the profile so hirers can easily track who’s up for immediate hiring.
When you have submitted your applications to job openings, it’s your responsibility to stay connected. Regularly check your emails and mobile phone to not miss any opportunities that may come your way. When you don’t immediately respond to calls or emails, hirers may consider other available candidates in their long list. Remember that there are hundreds of job seekers vying for the same position you are applying for so make sure your notifications and sounds are on!
Prepare for your interview
Being invited for an online job interview may not guarantee that you have secured the position, but let it be your best shot to convince hirers why they must pick you amongst all the candidates. Research about the company, its services and products, and who the owners are. During conference calls, make sure you look presentable and have a good internet connection. Most importantly, ace your interview by preparing answers for questions they might ask.
There is stiff competition as people thrive to search for alternative sources of income during these trying times. But do not lose hope! A little confidence and preparation can help you get the job faster.