Updated: May 15
No one saw this coming, and overnight the world looks like a completely different place. I know how difficult and heartbreaking it is to find yourself in an unstable situation. The most important thing to realise is that losing your job due to an unforeseen crisis is not your fault. All you can do right now is to manage what you can control and keep creating momentum through virtual social interaction.
Many of you may know that I used to be a corporate recruiter in London, having first-hand experience helping unemployed professionals to find a new job. I have also witnessed close family and friends lose their jobs due to recessions and redundancies. I empathise with anyone right now who has lost their job and to those hard workers who now find themselves the sole breadwinner for their families.
I want to help you get back on your feet again and ensure that you are equipped with the 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 needed to make yourself more marketable to hiring managers.
This article is especially for anyone who has lost their job due to Coronavirus closures or the economic impacts of it. The blog post is taking social distancing and virtual interviews into consideration.
Don't be like everyone else
So where do you start in your hot pursuit of a new job? The tried and tested internet, firing your CV off to every open job requisition. This will be the approach by many British workers, but you are not like everyone. Think about how many other candidates are vying for attention online? A CV is also not the best choice when trying to convey your transferable skills.
Most importantly, you need to start thinking about how you can take immediate control of your job search?
1.Reconnect with ex-work colleagues
Remember your ex-work colleague that you promised to stay in touch with? Well now is your chance to reconnect, virtually of course. Your old work connections can refer you to their network. In the time that you have worked together, their career has more than likely flourished and been positively impacted by senior leaders and decision-makers.
They know you professionally and can vouch for your industry experience and your ability to work with specific teams. They are your 𝘂𝗻𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗣𝗥 and have proximity to people who can help elevate your career.
Maintaining and nurturing a professional network is your responsibility, including being deliberate about ways to stay in touch with former co-workers. So if you have lost contact, consider different ways in which you can reconnect with your previous work colleagues.
Consider how many people you can reconnect with today.
Send a LinkedIn InMail requesting a virtual catch up, be direct but friendly. Don’t make it all about you, be genuinely inquisitive about what's going on in their lives.
Ask if they can kindly refer you on to a hiring manager who has a direct influence in your specialism.
Be consistent, patient and polite in your approach.
2.Re-engage with recruiters and hiring managers
Are you tired of venting about recruiters? You may have only started your job search, but I am willing to bet the last of my hand sanitiser that you have an excellent recruiter bashing story? Like I said before you are in control of your job search and you have to take ownership of all your key relationships.
The solution to a better 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 is to take a more strategic and consultative approach when deciding which recruiters you want representing you.
If you are already in the job search process, remind recruiters and hiring managers that you are still looking. If you are not staying front and centre of recruiter’s minds, you will fall off their radar.
It’s not their job to manage your job search strategy. Communication is key.
Here are a few tips on how you can have a productive and beneficial relationship with a Recruiter.
Consider how many recruiters you can approach this week.
Only contact Recruiters that specialise in your industry or area of interest. A simple website browses, or LinkedIn search will give you the name of the person who looks after your area of specialism, connect with them ASAP and request to have a virtual meeting. This shows that you are serious about your job hunt and that you expect the company to do their due diligence.
Recruiters are now working from home, so go to their companies website and look for their business email or connect directly with them on LinkedIn.
Offer them something of value straight away, think clickbait or a call to action in your email subject. Check to see what jobs are live and then tell them via email or a call how you are the best person for the job.
3.Reach out to employers
If the coronavirus has thought us one thing besides how to wash our hands properly is that we need to be ready for all eventualities. You do not have to do things by the book or wait for a recruiter to contact you.
Start targeting thriving organisations that will need your expertise and skillset and find the most relevant person to contact.
Find the person who 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗻 by not having someone with your skillset and experience in a particular job role. If you are a Marketing Manager, you may want to map out the names of Head of Marketing or Marketing Directors. Again use LinkedIn as a resource to qualify your contacts in each company.
Consider how you can showcase your value to Senior managers on Linkedin.
Being able to articulate your value is essential, especially when you are looking for a new job. When speaking to employers online, you should be able to share your vision, what is unique about you and where you want to go in your career.
Try to anticipate what your desired employer wants, find ways to be remembered and stand out. When attending an informational Zoom chat, do your homework, and keep to up to date with industry news. Make an effort to ask engaging questions, and don’t shy away from talking about your achievements. If you are new to virtual networking and shirk at self-promotion, then talk about a project you were involved in that helped your organisation.
Focus on what you can do for a client or potential employer. While you know that you can directly benefit from their connections, you should also be thinking about ways in which you can make their life easier. Also, let people know how they can reach you.
𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘂𝘀.
One thing Sales and Marketing teams know worldwide is that companies that continue to market during a downturn, such as a recession or a pandemic do the best when they come through.
That is all you as a job seeker can do, 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 stay visible, market your skills set and engage with the people who will need your support and help.
Companies will need your help, so always be ready to offer your expertise when you
get the call.
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