Did you lose your job due to the coronavirus pandemic? Whether you got made redundant, or had to make the decision for yourself, you’re far from alone.
However, these circumstances are far different from being fired, and you shouldn’t let it affect your confidence when applying for new jobs. The conditions of the economy, and therefore job hunting, will improve, so in the meantime, it’s best to get prepared and ready for the inevitable job hunt.
In this blog, we will talk about how you can prepare yourself for finding your next role and get yourself ready.
Is your CV ready?
The first, and most important step towards preparing to apply for jobs is to make sure your CV is up to scratch. Being laid off will not affect your CV, but we recommend that you take this time to improve your CV by:
Updating it, and organise in chronological order starting from the most recent work at the top
Make sure it’s easy to read
Keep it concise, within 1-2 pages
Proofread it, ensure all spelling and grammar are correct. We advise getting someone else to proofread it too
Make sure you know what’s on it, and be ready to confidently talk about it if asked by a potential employer
For further advice on how to develop a perfect CV, click here to read about the MyJobs.Coach online platform.
Are you looking on job sites?
If you’re looking to keep yourself busy and want to earn extra money, you can always look on job sites to find short-term work as many places are hiring at the moment. This shows future employers that you are prepared to do work outside your area of interest to keep yourself working. Another thing you can consider is looking for remote working opportunities, that you can fill your time with from the comfort of your own home.
If you want to be prepared for developing your career, look into potential positions on job sites in advance, and understand what they ask for in a job specification, and how you could apply your CV and application to them.
Are you prepared for an interview?
Once your CV is updated and you’ve looked into what they ask in job specifications, it’s worth preparing for a potential interview. The easiest way to do this is to either Google typical interview questions and prepare answers for them, or to video yourself and get someone to ask the questions. This will allow you to analyse your body language and improve your confidence.
Practice makes perfect.
If you require further help preparing yourself for your next job hunting mission, fill out the contact form on our website, and we can give you personalised advice. To read more of our blogs, click here.