Jobhunting on its own can be a stressful activity for some. Add a global pandemic (Covid-19) with a side of extended lockdown to the mix, and you have a gigantic hurdle in the way of your jobhunting experience. If you are unemployed or have been retrenched with no clear insight into your career’s future prospects, this is not the time to give up. Rather, this is the perfect time to gain a competitive edge.
Let’s just start off with the hopefully assuring news that some companies are still hiring. CA Global has quite a few clients still hiring, all over Africa: See CA Global’s latest jobs in Africa. They may not be hiring today because they are all still trying to figure out how to work around the new way of doing business, virtually, but they will be hiring. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – take some time to recover emotionally, then focus on jobhunting. Below are a few tips to help your career back on track.
HERE’s HOW TO GET YOUR CAREER BACK:
SET GUIDELINES FOR YOURSELF: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
Setting a career guideline will help you feel more prepared and could ease your job-hunting anxieties. Set attainable daily, weekly or monthly goals for yourself. For example: Apply to X jobs every week. These guidelines can help you feel less overwhelmed and stay motivated.
DECIDE ON YOUR CAREER GOALS AND DEAL-BREAKERS
Take some time to think about what you would change about your last or current job and why. To avoid wasting time applying for jobs that are not a good fit for you, draft a “wish-list” of aspects you are looking for in a job, to narrow down your search. Once you have your wish-list, then settle on your deal-breakers, if any. Knowing these must-haves (working hours, commuting time, flexi hours, the ability to work from home, annual leave, etc.) will help you be patient and hold out for a position that suits your career plan.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR CURRENT FINANCES
A potential deal-breaker on your list could be the salary range of the job. Have a realistic look at all your finances to determine what your absolute minimum salary you’re willing to accept is. Perhaps you’re willing to take a pay cut for your dream job but you will first need to know how much you need to make to support yourself and your family.
REFRESH YOUR RESUME: LAND THAT INTERVIEW
The purpose of the resume is to get you noticed, not hired! It is what will give you a chance to crack an invite to an interview. You should do more than just update your resume with your last position. Update your skills, refresh the formatting, remove any dated jargon and add relevant keywords that will make your resume stand out from the crowd. Your resume should also highlight your strengths with data and facts instead of generalities. For example, instead of saying “I have excellent time management skills,” you might say “I worked 30 hours per week while getting my degree.”
CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
In this digital age, employers have become increasingly concerned about how their employees conduct themselves on social media. In fact, some companies may request your social media handles when you apply for a job, while others will look for your profiles themselves. Do a quick audit to make sure everything is work appropriate.
USE A SECOND PAIR OF EYES
- It sometimes helps to have a second pair of eyes look for a fresh perspective. Ask someone you trust to read over your resume and social media pages. They might pick up on things you didn’t notice, from small errors to potential problems.
- Another option to get a helpful second opinion would be to hire a professional resume service. Especially if you are re-entering the workforce, haven’t been on the job hunt in years or are switching industries, an expert can give you the latest, industry-specific advice on tone, formatting and more.
TAKE ONLINE CLASSES
There are a wide variety of both paid and free classes that can teach you anything from a whole array of industries.
GET COMFORTABLE NETWORKING ONLINE
Events may be cancelled for a while, so you’ll need to find a new networking strategy. Seek out like-minded professionals online and ask about virtual events. Leverage the network you’ve already established. Message any former colleagues to inquire about jobs at their company or elsewhere in the industry that you might be a good fit for. You just might save yourself the stress of combing through job listing sites with a recommendation from within your network.
You can do more than rely on the network you already have. Expand your network by joining professional groups on Facebook or LinkedIn, find local professional organizations, and ask people in your current network to make virtual introductions to other people in your industry or the one you’re hoping to break into.
PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
If you have done the work up to this point, you’ll be ready for this step. Practice interviewing with someone you trust to give you honest feedback.
HOW CA GLOBAL CAN HELP YOU?
CA Global Headhunters is a recruitment company that focuses on jobs in Africa. Our recruiters are working remotely and are still busy recruiting across Africa. Have a look at our Africa Job Board to see what jobs they have available. New jobs are added daily. You are welcome to get in touch with our Consultants to discuss your background in relation to one of our jobs, or a job you have seen at your dream company.
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