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The past year has seen a lot of people facing financial difficulty due to the instability of the job market. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has sent unemployment through the roof. So, if you’re looking for a new job, you’re far from alone. Of course, these unprecedented times have made us approach jobs in a different way. Right now, fewer jobs are available due to certain industries and markets struggling amidst the pandemic and more people are hunting for jobs than ever before, so you’re going to have to put some work in to find a stable career that will support you in spite of the pandemic and to stand out from the crowd to secure the position. Here are some suggestions that can help you along the way.

Be Flexible

The first thing you need to do when searching for a new and stable job is to be flexible. Right now, many industries have been unable to operate with social distancing measures in place and have consequently collapsed or only been able to operate at limited capacity, consequently letting staff go. You may find that you need to work in an industry that might not seem as fun, but that will always have demand. Stable industries include healthcare, essential food and drink, the funeral industry and more. Think of products and services that people will always need and aim for these.

Make Sure You Meet the Role’s Expectations

When employers search for people to work for them, chances are they have a specific outline of skills and knowledge required within the role. Make sure that you’re sufficiently qualified and suited for any position you’re applying for. Seeing as competition is going to be pretty tough right now, any applications that don’t exhibit the requested qualifications are likely to be quickly cast aside. You may want to consider doing some courses or things like Kallibr training to give yourself something to show off, as well as ensuring you genuinely know all you need to know to work well within your desired position.

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Crafting a Stand Out CV or Resume

You’re also going to need to make sure your CV or resume looks good. If you haven’t created one in a while, don’t worry. There are plenty of free templates out there that can help you along the way. Make sure that your CV includes:

  • Your qualifications
  • Your previous experience
  • Any relevant training or completed courses
  • Extra skills such as any secondary languages or driving licence

Of course, there are various other steps that you can take to make sure that you find a secure and stable career that can support you and your needs, even through tough times. But hopefully, some of the information and suggestions outlined above will help to get things started out in the right direction!

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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