There is no doubt that the recent pandemic has had a significant impact on everyone, both personally and professionally. It has turned workplaces upside down and it has increased the pace of change faster than any of us could have imagined. A larger proportion of us have been purchasing items online, increasing the demand for distributers but negatively affecting an already struggling retail sector. And we have been finding new ways to spend our time at home such a reigniting our baking or cooking skills (if unlike me you had cooking skills to start with), or dusting down the old push irons.
Such a sizeable disruption can have volcanic-like effects. It has caused significant devastation including loss of life and we are already starting to see the negative impact on jobs, which is likely to grow as the furlough scheme comes to an end in October. But just like the after effects of a volcano, we can also start to see green shoots of opportunities develop from a different landscape. Furthermore, having supported numerous reorganisations over the last 25 years including downsizing, it is not uncommon that new structures lead to new job opportunities, both for employees and candidates alike.
So here are my 5 top tips to finding your next job opportunity:
- Think about who could be recruiting – for example those employers providing essential services during the pandemic (eg hospitals, government agencies, supermarkets, infrastructure and utilities etc) and the businesses who have thrived or seized the new opportunities (eg art and crafts, suppliers of face masks and hand sanitizers, strong online retailers, bicycle manufacturers etc). Also keep your eye out for signs of investment and growth in your area – you don’t need to look far. Just listen to the news or read your local newspaper. Here’s just one recent example about opportunities to be created within prisons. But don’t forget this will also present opportunities for others including those in construction. You can also take a look at government vacancy statistics to find out which sectors are growing or in decline.
- Use your personal network – over 75% of jobs are filled through networking as opposed to online adverts and recruitment agencies. Employers are less likely to spend money on adverts so a well-timed speculative letter may land you your dream job. So think about who you know and you could approach about a job opportunity, and don’t be afraid to tell others that you are looking for a new opportunity, even your hairdresser or dog walker. They may just hear about a vacancy that is perfect for you.
- Get social savvy – A significant number of employers find their candidates via online sites such as LinkedIn. Make sure that you have a profile that you would be happy for a future employer to see, and get yourself noticed by commenting on their posts or joining in Twitter discussions.
- Choose the right online job boards for you – There are an abundance of different job boards out there. Some that are aggregators such as Indeed. These pull in job adverts from lots of other job boards and may be why you start to get a feeling of de ja vu. Some job boards may be linked to recruitment agencies eg Monster and Reed, or linked to where potential candidates can be found eg Glassdoor. My advice would be to find a handful that relate best to the specific jobs you are looking for.
- Spend your time wisely – focus the majority of your time in the areas above as these are likely to yield you the best results.