3 Keys to Positioning Yourself for a Job during the Pandemic

The world as we know it is no longer how it used to be. To many, this might just be rude shock. But to the well prepared, it is time to adjust and ‘flow with the tide.’ The lockdown in the past three months crippled many businesses hence leading to lots of people losing their jobs. Getting another job or even looking for a job (from a fresher in the labour market) at this period will be like the proverbial camel passing through the eye of a needle. These are uncertain times, but expanding your network and doing informational interviews might just help.

*Networking*

Seriously? How is that even possible with social distancing?

Yes, the lockdown and social distancing has made most of us kind of nervous, unsure and maybe vulnerable.  But we can take proper advantage of it by opening up to new connections.  Before now it was almost an uphill task connecting or collaborating with others to get something done-especially someone you barely know. But now, people seem to have some more extra time on their hands to consider making new contacts.

*Talk to the right people*

One of the ways people are often considered for jobs within companies is if they’re referred by people they know within those companies.

You could also try getting some information from someone at one of the companies you’ve applied for- probably just close enough to the bottom of the management team. You could ask for other available opportunities which you may not have thought through.

If they feel really important that you’ve called them, they’ll take your call and explain exactly how the place works.

*Communicate wisely*

Should you be called for an interview, whatever you have to say, say it with calmness and self-confidence. But note that there is a thin line between confidence and cocky. So it is in your best interest to let the panel interviewing you know that you respect the opportunity that they have to offer.

Also, you need to be a good listener. It can be tough listening when you’re nervous—which mostly we are when we are being interviewed. Listen well.

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