This article is for those who are looking for a job in these tough times of the pandemic. We will tell you how to act best, what to pay attention to, and why you should call your university's teachers.
What to do before looking for a job
1. File for unemployment insurance
This is not quite a typical piece of advice, but if you are out of work, we advise you to file for unemployment insurance to receive benefits. This way, you will have at least some money for living for a little while.
You can apply for the unemployment insurance program online. The platform is clearly overloaded now, and you will have to work hard on the application, but getting unemployment benefits is real.
2. Develop your skills
Unfortunately, the job market competitiveness only grows, and the most qualified candidate wins. Perhaps right now is the time to improve your professional and soft skills and develop yourself.
Don't give up your job search for an online course, but be sure to study and look through vacancies at the same time. There are a lot of free online learning platforms nowadays to choose from.
How to look for a job during quarantine
1. Work on your resume
It's important to have a good resume. The basic rules are extremely simple: avoid mistakes, write briefly and to the point, and focus on quantitative results of work.
2. Be proactive
Proactivity is a good quality at any time, and now it is especially appreciated. Do not be afraid to write to recruiters directly, offer your services at least for part-time employment.
3. Expand your search field
Use as many platforms and tools as possible to find jobs. If you are looking for work only on one or two popular sites, you run the risk of missing a lot of good offers.
Subscribe to thematic groups and chats in social networks and messengers, look for vacancies on the official websites of interesting companies, create an account on LinkedIn, subscribe to mailing lists with vacancies, etc.
4. Use networking
It's about time to look at your contact list! A job offer may come unexpectedly – from a colleague of your mother or a former classmate. Do not hesitate to ask your friends about job openings. If you can, write a post saying that you are looking for a job on social media and ask your friends to repost it.
You can also contact your teachers from the university. They usually have some entrepreneurs they know from related fields. Make the most of your connections.
5. Write cover letters
If you previously thought about writing a cover letter, now put all doubts aside. Be sure to write cover letters for every job opening. Write personalized and catchy letters. In any case, do not duplicate the same text for all vacancies. A cover letter allows you to once again emphasize your merits, show interest in the job, and tell a little more about yourself.