Effects of COVID-19 on Job Search
- April 30, 2020
- Posted by: Jharna Jagtiani
- Category: Campus to Corporate
Are you uncertain about the future of Job search in the Light of the Coronavirus? Don’t worry, follow these tips which will ease your stress
We are facing a global health crisis, and this has resulted in anxiety amongst everyone, and getting up news reports everyday regarding the increased corona cases is just an add on the stress. This situation has for sure affected the global market and after this is over, the job market will be vulnerable place to enter, as the market volatility has increased on a large scale. It is a challenging time, and it is completely okay to be scared and anxious, and it is difficult to stay proactive and motivated especially when it’s about employment.
The coming months are going to be challenging and we cannot predict what is going to happen. Whether you are searching for job, or you have become unemployed, here are few tips to get through the coming months.
What to do if you have been laid off
End of March has seen a decrease in unemployment rate and states have received a large number of unemployment claims. According to a survey conducted by the CMIE Centre for monitoring Indian economy Pvt.Ltd India’s unemployment rate have gone to more than 20 percent in the last week of March.
The Union government of India is planning to give unemployment benefits to a section of organised workers who lost jobs due COVID 19 pandemic. This will be like measures taken by countries like USA. The governments ‘Atal Beema Vyakti Kalyan Yojana’ which provides unemployment insurance to workers who have subscribed to the Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) scheme will cover such workers during pandemic. ESI is a self-financing health insurance scheme for formal sector workers in India and is managed by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). Compensation in the form of cash will be provided for up to three months to the workers under this scheme. Workers get 25 percent of their average salary that they got for past two threes.
Still employed? How to prepare for an uncertain future
Be thankful and feel blessed for that you have a job and it is normal to worry a little given the situation. Work sincerely and let others see you worth, give extra and don’t let the work from home distract you. Keep updating your online professional profile. Take matters into your own hands and feel empowered. If there is layoff, and you lose your job, then keep your resume updated and start searching for new job. Don’t be panicked, be prepared for whatever the challenges might come.
How to start (or continue) your job search
If you have lost your job recently then don’t worry there are still companies out there hiring. Try to stay realistic and optimistic and start searching for job, use your network and build a strong network as this is one the most important aspect when it comes to job search.
Update your Resume
Write a precise resume, with your best of experiences, include the recent experience and update your skills section. Update your objective statement and make it eye catchy and brief. You can also consult a resume writer.
Best use of social media (Virtual Networking)
As the lockdown in India continues, work from home also continues. Staying at home and staying safe is the best thing you can do for preventing the global pandemic. Working is such situation is possible due to virtual communication. If you are looking for job update your LinkedIn profile, add skills and job experiences along with updating options like ‘Open to job opportunities’ and Seeking new opportunities. Make a list of advisors and start consulting regarding the unemployment and take career advice from as many advisors you can. Make a short video call or communicate via email or use sites like LinkedIn, INDEED or Naukri.com.
Stay alert for new opportunities
While searching for job, focus on the go-to job criteria, what kind of job environment you will like and what company. Start downloading application on your phone for job search and put on job alerts. You don’t have to download all apps, just the ones you find relevant. Also subscribe to companies where there is possibility of recruitment, so that you get notifications accordingly. Once the job alert is on, you will start getting notification, now read the job description very carefully and update your resume according and sent it with a cover letter and wait for their reply. Just don’t panic through this process, it is going to be exhausting to read about each company and go through the job description every time but this is just a patience test, Trust your hard work and do the best you can, and most important is to stay calm and mindful.
Short term options are not a bad idea
If you don’t find jobs for your qualification, then it’s okay to look for a short term opportunities in a different field. Being able to work outside your field will give you different experience and in the Future the recruiters will be impressed by your varied experience which and skills both from your field as well outside your field. Work from home is perfect option for a start also you can do freelancing, which is an interesting option as you get to meet different people from different sectors and you work for yourself. Or if you have enough experience start consulting.
Many companies opt for virtual interviews and if it is going to be in few months then definitely you’ll have a virtual interview. This might be anxious and will make you nervous, but don’t worry it is not difficult. Practice a mock interview on Skype with friends or family and make sure internet connection is strong and your web camera is working properly. Be confident and maintain an eye contact with the person taking interview. And a formal attire is a good impression and look at the camera not the screen.
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Stay productive and positive
News is playing a crucial role at this particular time in our lives and sometimes watching it for the whole day makes us anxious. So make a schedule of when to watch news, and get information from trust worthy news channels and sites. To stay focus and productive during job search follow this tips:
· To do list: This is very effective and will engage you in tasks made in advance and you wont feel lazy. Exercise and mediation in the morning will keep you nindful and hence you wont have distraction while doing work and job search
· Schedule: As stated above always have a schedule ready and time slot for work, like you can sit for job search in the afternoons and make video calls to advisors and consultants either in the morning or evening.
· Less use of Gadgets and more time for yourself and family: Hide your phone some time in the day. Like evening you can interact with family and contemplate on life. And also phone could be a distraction while job searching, you can mute the notifications while your are working.
· Stay positive: Yes staying positive positive vibes only sounds cliché but it is the only way to stay healthy, try to focus on things you can control, and don’t get distracted by news. Staying optimistic for yourself and your kids and family in such critical time is the only survival thing you have to do.