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6 Practical Job Search Tips in 2020

There is a lot of information online about finding a job but when you are in the middle of the global pandemic you might have to change your tactics. Right now it is all about being persistent and staying motivated. The unemployment figures are getting higher and most industries have stopped recruiting for certain job functions or stopped recruiting completely. It is tough out there but you have to stay positive. Use the time you have wisely, be creative and do your search thoroughly.

Here are some Job Search Tips in 2020 that helped me so far;

Use multiple job search platforms

Fully focus on one platform each day. Do everything you can that day to utilise the platform of your choice before you move to the next one. If you feel you’ve exhausted all job search platforms you normally use, Google is a great source for finding more.

Lets say you start with LinkedIn. (if you don’t have a LinkedIn, set it up). Search for jobs and connect with individuals in your industry who might be able to help you or point you in the right direction. Networking can help you with your job search but also with your career. Once you make contact, message them and send them your CV, you never know who might need your skill set if you don’t put yourself out there. Follow forums and groups related to your job search. Connect with companies you are interested in.

You need to be resourceful and active on as many job search platforms as possible and let the recruiters find you. If you are using platforms such as Indeed, create an account and upload your CV,  but make sure you tailor your CV if needed. If you don’t know where to start use CV Library, Totaljobs, Jobsite, Monster, Guardianjobs, etc.

Don’t forget to apply directly to companies too. Some might use their websites to advertise the role before they post it on job search platforms or go to agencies.

Utilise Agencies

Find agencies specialising in the job market you are looking for and send them your CV. Contact recruiters directly and connect with them on LinkedIn. Send them your CV and a brief overview of what you are looking for, salary expectations and when you are free to start so they can consider you as soon as the right job comes in. Keep in touch with them regularly. If the right job for your skill set comes up you might be the first person they call because you are on the top of their mind.

Use the right Key Words

It is important for your CV to have the right key words so the right recruiters can find it. It is also important to learn how to search the right key words in the search engines when you are looking for jobs. Remember not every company uses the same job titles for the jobs they advertise.

Example: Personal Assistant can be called PA, EA (Executive Assistant) or Team Assistant. They might all be slightly different but if you read the job description you might find the company is looking for the PA skill set.  If you are not sure what key words to use, use Google to find the alternative names for your job title. The more options you try, the more surprised you will be as to how many more jobs you can apply for. Make sure you adjust your CV profile to reflect that you have the correct experience and skill set.

Consider different regions or even countries

The global pandemic made one thing easier in that we are all used to remote working and some companies e.g. Twitter has decided to carry on remote working even after the pandemic is over. This might be the case for other companies so do not restrict your job search to your own city. Look at different regions or even countries if you speak the same language. Ask if they would consider remote working. If you were able to perform the role remotely up till now, chances are that you might be able to carry on after the pandemic is over. 

Consider Contracting

It might be easier to get a short term contract rather than a permanent role in the current job market. The companies might find it easier to find the budget for contract roles as they don’t need to commit to a permanent head count. Even if you think taking a contract might mess up your CV, it is always worth considering. You will learn something new and you get paid. Remember you don’t need to put the role on your CV.

Think about transferable skills you can use

If you are having no luck with your job search,  or the industry you are applying for is particularly affected by the global pandemic, try to think outside the box. What skill set do you have that you could use in the short term to get by? You might think you don’t have any skills, trust me you do. Whatever it is you like doing or are good at try to utilise. If you are technically minded, look for online jobs you could do such as setting up websites, social media or video editing for example. If you have great grammar try proof reading. If you are a PA, look for virtual assistant jobs or offer your services on sites such as Fiverr. If you have expertise in finance or accounting,  look at the ways to help small business or individuals setting up their business.  Take a pen and paper find a quiet space and start thinking about your options.

However hard things are right now,  know that you are doing the best you can to find a job and that you are not the only one going through this. If you are losing motivation read 4 Tips to motivate you when searching for a job in 2020.

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