COVID-19 – How is it affecting your work life / job search?

COVID-19 – How is it affecting your work life / job search?

Stop … breathe. Don’t panic. This situation we are in right now is certainly unprecedented, and it’s a challenge to keep up with all the changes that are happening on a daily basis, including what the government are offering, from mortgage holiday help to financial support. I guess they are busy working it all out at a macro level whilst we are all trying to work it out on a micro level.

As for recruitment – not a lot happening out there for sure right now. As a recruitment business owner, am I worried? Do I find it all scary? Well, it would be if I allowed myself to think that way. However, despite work being pulled left, right and centre, I remain positive.

I have been in the industry for over 32 years now, and I have worked through a couple of recessions. It will change. Work will pick up. Right now is a time to be brave and to take stock. We all have far more than we need – our desire to have new ‘stuff’, on the whole, has been generated by advertising and being sold the dream, i.e. you too can have this perfect life if you buy this product. It’s not the case. Our peace of mind comes from within, and as long as we have a roof over our head, warm clothes, and food on the table, we will survive. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs springs to mind, as detailed in the diagram, which shows what we need to survive and what we need to grow and develop.

I don’t want to delve into philosophical matters right now however, the point is to highlight that whilst things can look scary, if we stop, breathe and take stock, we can assess what resources we have available to us right now. This is vitally important, as looking at what we do not have is where the fear can jump in.

Let’s think about how to approach things if you are looking for a new job, as this time will pass, so it’s OK to think about it now! Whilst there are options of taking on work that you may not have undertaken before, from factory work to delivery driving to enable you to bring in some cash, or simply volunteering in the community to support those who need your help right now, you can also take time to think about what it is that you really want to do career wise / in making your next job move.

Think about what you enjoy doing and focus on that, rather than everything you can do whether you like it or not. You will attract what you put on your CV, so if you don’t like doing something, DON’T put it on there! It’s the ideal time to review your CV. Does it really reflect you, your experience and who you are, and what you can bring to a potential employer? Employers are keen to know what value you can bring to them as opposed to what learning you can gain through being employed by them. They aren’t training organisations after all. Look at all the positive qualities you can offer and how that can enable them to build their business as we come out the other side of this unique situation we are in right now.

Top tips for your CV:
  • Ensure that it is no more than 2-3 pages long
  • Leave ‘white space’ so that the hiring manager can read it easily
  • Ensure it reflects you, your experience and what you can bring to a potential employer
  • Spell and grammar check it thoroughly!
  • Ensure your online profiles are correct and up to date too