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How to get hired fast amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

how to get hired fast

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.

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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.

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Stay connected

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.

(25) Comments

  1. Job hunt is tougher these days. Thanks for your article. Definitely worth a shot once you update your CV and let it stand out. Amidst pandemic there will be new opportunities starting to pop up, one has to look for it somehow and check with your professional connections.

    1. I agree. Though many jobs are hit by the pandemic, there are some opportunities that are in-demand which people can alternatively work for.

    2. April Haynesworth says:

      I agree people really have to step up their game because of the competition, it never hurts to go the extra mile and educate yourself on what companies are looking for. Also people should know their worth before applying for any job, they know they will eventually not liking. Self development is important. These are great tips thanks for sharing.

  2. Michelle says:

    These are great tips! Here in South Africa a lot of people have also lost their jobs because of COVID-19, and it was bad enough before it. Anyway, I think these will help a lot of people.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

  3. These are some really helpful tips. Covid has changed so many lives and I feel so sorry for the people out there who are trying to find employment.

  4. Great tips. This has been such a hard time for businesses and individuals who have lost their job so I imagine a lot of people will find this helpful! x

  5. Great tips – it’s a challenging time to be looking for work

  6. Great list! I love updating my CV/resume as well as preparing for an interview. It’s also a good idea to tell close friends and family that you’re looking for a job since it’s more likely that you’ll get a job offer within your circle faster than applying via job boards.

  7. These are some great tips! I found listing my achievements, rather than job role, really helped to get the attention of recruiters in the past 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great advice!!!

  9. Getting hired was a nightmare even without the pandemic… But you’ve given some really good points to consider here! The thing is we need to find the thing about ourselves that makes us unique, it’s so important to stand out when there are hundreds of people applying for one job 🙂

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

    1. Totally agree. Landing a job now is more than just having the skills ’cause anyone can have it. One has to stand out and be unique 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  10. Abundance of Flavor says:

    Such great tips here. I feel like often job profiles get neglected and aren’t updated enough, but they’re so essential! It’s really cool how LinkedIn allows you to let recruiters know you’re looking for jobs. I haven’t used it but I’m sure it helps to have that available!

    1. I agree it was hard to get a job then and it’s much harder nowadays. But it’s not all lost since there are still companies that hire. You really just gotta keep searching and these tips you shared are definitelu useful for the jobseekers.

  11. Finding a job during the pandemic can be hard, especially when there are businesses closing. So important that you prepare yourself and look for ways where you can fit into organizations. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

  12. Great tips! I used to work in HR and I agree that it is vital to highlight your key skills and experience (esp. the ones related to the job position). Preparing for the job interview by doing a little research about the company really helps you answer the tough questions and stand out from the other applicants.

  13. A challenging time indeed. Really great tips that someone will for sure find helpful when looking for employment during our times of pandemic!

  14. I’m looking for a job right now since I just graduated college so this is actually a much needed post. Thank you!

    1. Good luck on your job hunting!

  15. Thanks for the helpful tips. As now we are entering a new normal, be sure to show case your skills and experience of working with people / team remotely, and comfortable with different technologies of communication.

  16. Lauren says:

    Great tips for anyone struggling to find a job right now. This will be really useful to a lot of people.

    1. Great tips you got here. It will be so useful to many people out there looking for a job.

  17. These are great tips. I love that you included the idea of targeting industries that are hiring at this time. If you’ve been laid off because your job is not currently able to operate to the same degree during the lockdown, the odds are that any other companies in that same industry are facing similar struggles. The result? There are many people unemployed and looking with few jobs available. However, as you pointed out, there are some industries that are genuinely in high demand in this current climate. By focusing on these industries and finding a role that fits with your skillset, you stand a better chance at proving that you will be valuable to a company here and now.

    1. That’s correct. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  18. It’s such a challenging time! I’ve just written a post series on some of the topics you cover here- updating your CV, narrowing down your search etc.
    Presenting yourself in a positive manner is so important, as is looking at hiring industries if you need work urgently- for example supermarkets have been hiring huge amounts as they’ve had such high demand this year! Thanks for sharing, all the best for everyone who’s currently searching for work!!

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