Regardless of what happens in the future, COVID-19 has changed many things forever. Here are the job search trends that you need to be aware of and prepare for to ensure you give yourself the best chance of achieving your career goals:
1. Virtual interviews
Since the start of this pandemic, there has been a big shift in how recruiters conduct job interviews. In an instant, face to face interviews were replaced with Zoom calls and virtual meetings. Now, companies and organisations are hiring people without even meeting them in person. This was almost unthinkable just a year or two ago.
And even though we have a vaccine, this does not mean that virtual interviews will be gone and will go back to the traditional in-person meetings. Since virtual interviews have become successful, this is likely to continue. Your ability to impress someone over a video call is likely to be the difference between getting that job or not. Our suggestion is to practice with a friend or recruiter first, and think about the environment that it will take place. Make sure you are in a quiet room with a white or clean background. You also need to dress professionally for the occasion.
If you need help when it comes to improving your interview skills, we have experts that can help you. Check out the Fllair marketplace or connect with our consulting experts if you have any questions.
2. Online networking event
Even though COVID-19 prevented many networking events, this does not mean we can’t connect and network with other professionals. Online networking events have become popular because of this.
There are many local groups and large online professional networks who are arranging networking events online that you can participate in. Aside from that, there is also LinkedIn that you can use to connect with other professionals.
With the power of the internet, it is still possible to create connections and build opportunities today. It takes effort, but the rewards are there for those who put in the time.
3. Improve your skills
With many people getting laid off, the need for professional development and upskilling has never been so important. Whether you want to stay in your current job or get a better job in the future, it is important to improve your skills or learn new skills to stay in the game.
Improving skills or learning new skills today is very easy with the thousands of resources available online.
Also, here at Fllair, we are offering resources as well as consultations to help you improve and develop your skills. Simply check out the marketplace for more information.
4. Create a video resume
In 2021, if you want to stand out, you need to make a good first impression. But how do you do that when hundreds of people are applying for the same job as you? You need to make your online resume stand out, and one way to do that is with a Fllair video resume. This will ensure recruiters can quickly get a grasp of who you really are and what value you can add.
If you need a little flair or colour on your online resume, we have a whole bunch of downloadable templates. Create your profile and then simply head to the Tools menu to download your resume into Word.
5. Remote work will continue
2020 is the year when almost all of us shifted to working from home, which is also unthinkable in the past. But it turned out that working from home gave a lot more advantages and benefits to professionals and organisations.
Aside from health and safety considerations, it also gave companies the opportunity to reduce costs for things like office utilities and in some cases office space. Employees also were able to avoid stressful commutes and some were able to achieve a better work-life balance.
With this, you need to keep your video communication skills sharp. You may also need to set up a portion of your home into an office to make sure you are able to work and focus sufficiently.
These job search trends are truly a great shift from what we used to know when it comes to recruitment and job search. By adapting to these trends, we will be putting ourselves in a better position to achieve our career goals.
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- Date - February 16, 2021