submitted by Nicky Perry, Career Development Practitioner with Career Development Services, Souris
The impact of COVID-19 has been felt in every facet of life and work. A nationwide shutdown in March 2020 greatly hindered job search activities, including face-to-face meetings with employers.
Even with loosened restrictions, it is often still difficult to visit some workplaces because of limits to on-site visitors or a lack of space to ensure the current six-foot social distancing requirement.
It is important to do your homework when connecting with employers. Some prefer you follow and connect with them through social media. Before applying anywhere, review your own social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to ensure a positive impression on employers or recruiters.
Before making contact, update your resumé and be prepared to describe your skills and assets to a hiring manager.
Approaching a job search
Go beyond checking job ads. A great place to start your job search is with your personal network and community, as many job opportunities are discovered through word of mouth.
Looking at how industries and workplaces have changed in the last year can help you determine where your own skills might be best utilized. Ask yourself what employers need and what you can contribute.
Job search challenges
Perhaps the biggest challenge during the pandemic has been a decline in employment opportunities due to an economic slow-down in several industries. As a result, many job seekers have struggled to transition to new jobs outside their usual fields or they have faced a reduction in work hours.
The personal impact of COVID-19 on job seekers must be recognized. The disruption of normal life activities has added an additional layer of stress, uncertainty, and fatigue to the usual challenges of job searching. The breadth and depth of change people have experienced is unprecedented in modern times.
As a Career Practitioner, I work with job seekers to build hope and resilience. Almost everyone has experienced and survived difficulties or failures in their lives. I believe those experiences hold the seeds of wisdom and strength that will take us through today’s struggles.
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