FIVE JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES FOR LOCKDOWN

Leah Topham our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 4/9/2020 2:07 PM
As business processes shift online, looking for a job requires a different approach than it did six weeks ago. The good news is that leaders, hiring managers, and recruiters are all navigating this new way of doing business and, as a result, are continuing to look for talent to keep those businesses running. 

With the shifting landscape of working outside the office, those in Data & Analytics are perfectly placed  to both gain increased knowledge in their chosen fields or and take the next step on their career paths. 

So if, you are on the job hunt at the moment, here are our five top tips:

NETWORK


We may be practicing social distancing and unable to go for a coffee, but with a variety of events shifting online, networking is still a viable strategy. This may also be a good time to reconnect with old friends, old colleagues, and see how you might help each other. Show interest in what they’re doing and engage in a real conversation. Show you value their time and that you can offer value as well. After all, it’s who you know. 

DRESS AND PLAN FOR SUCCESS


Don’t forget, the basics are still the foundation from which to begin your search. Get dressed and “go to work.” Review and update your resume. Tailor your cover letter to the business you’re applying to. Don’t send your resume scatter shot to anyone hiring. Focus on what interests you and for which you have the skills or can transfer skills from other sectors. 

Phone and video interviews have become more commonplace in recent weeks and months. Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Find a quiet area to talk. Practice eye contact. Show interest in the position and don’t be afraid to ask about their hiring timeline.

BE THE PROBLEM SOLVER THE BUSINESS NEEDS 


If you want to stand out in a slow job market, it’s important to show employers that you can alleviate their frustrations and tackle their challenges. Be the problem solver companies are looking for by consistently conveying, at every step of the hiring process, that you have the experience and expertise necessary to be successful in the role. 

BE INDISPENSABLE AND READY TO SHOW YOUR VALUE


Communicate and clarify your boss’s needs. Follow through on what you say you’ll do and what you’re given to do. Make coming to you to get the job done a no-brainer. Show empathy to your colleagues and your boss. In an uncertain world, being calm goes a long way.  

STAY POSITIVE


The market may have evolved over the past few weeks but so have a number of new opportunities. With that in mind, it’s important to stay positive. A mindset shift will help you adapt to new normal and help keep you in the right frame of mind. In some circles, it’s the law of attraction. 

Stay positive, research and keep up to date on your sector, and determine what skills are transferable and you may just be surprised at what you find. 

If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our expert consultants to learn more.  

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