The pandemic has affected a lot of people and their work. As a recent graduate, it’s been difficult for students to have any hopes or dreams about a future career. When everything is so uncertain in the world job hunting has become a different challenge.
After I graduated, I knew I needed to find a job as soon as possible and start saving a bit of money. I love living at home, but with the situation as it is, I knew I needed to find something quickly and start working.
Wanting something part-time in order to work on my blog in my spare time, and my big “plan” is to eventually make money with my blog and find freelance writing work.
Before I managed to land a part-time role as a medical receptionist at my local surgery, I spent several months with nothing to do except attempt to find a job, work on my blog, and figure out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go.
Below, I’ve discussed a few tips for those who are job hunting during the pandemic. These are just my ideas, and I’d love to hear any other tips about staying motivated during this time!
#1 Create A Routine
I think this is such an important step to staying organised and on top of things! Create a routine for your day, and allot some time each day to job hunt. If you’re in the first stages of applying, set time aside to work on your CV. Or, if you’re waiting for an interview, create a time when you can practice your interview skills.
Making yourself a routine that you stick to- whether it includes job hunting every day or not- is a sure-fire way to make sure you stay organized and on top of any tasks.
#2 Set time aside for writing your CV
I think this is super important- and definitely something I learned the hard way! Starting job hunting and applying for jobs, I made the mistake of submitting bog-standard CVs and applications to every job, instead of tailoring my CV to the position.
By setting time aside to just write your CV or edit it for every new position, it means you’re more likely to get to the next stage- and it also means you have a clear time to write your CV and work on your application skills.
#3 You don’t have to be hunting all the time
It’s so easy to feel that you have to be job hunting every minute of every day, especially during the pandemic when times are hard and jobs are few and far between. But something I learned during my short time job hunting, is that you don’t have to be job hunting all the time- and it’s important to give yourself breaks.
I used to feel guilty when I did something unrelated to job hunting or working on my blog- but giving yourself that break is sometimes what you need to build your confidence, clear your head, and come back to your application in a stronger position.
During the pandemic, I did some volunteering for a small charity, writing articles for their site, and taking on social media work. This may not be a paid position, but it meant that while I was job hunting I was still kept busy.
#4 Utilize the Internet
The internet really is a brilliant place! And when you’re looking for jobs, the internet can be central to finding a position and hearing about new opportunities.
Specific job sites also often have information all about how to write a good application, or skills workshops if you have no idea where to start.
#5 Use your connections
I came straight out of University to find a job, and so I didn’t have a lot of connections in the working world. I made a LinkedIn account during my second year of University, but that was only really because my boyfriend had it- and most of my connections were other students.
However, if you’ve been in the working world before (or even if you’re starting at the beginning like me) building and maintaining connections is a brilliant way to always be aware of new opportunities- and you never know who might have the position for you! During the pandemic, I started chatting to a connection via LinkedIn, and now have a volunteer position with her charity. Connections can definitely go a long way!
In A Nutshell,
I hope these tips are helpful for anyone who is currently job hunting, Just remember, the opportunity for you could be just around the corner- and sticking to an organized routine is a great way to help your chances and secure a job!
Eleanor Jones (Author)
Eleanor is a blogger, writer, and avid reader from Sheffield. She has recently graduated with a degree at the University of York, and she’s since spent time working on her blog. She loves writing regular lifestyle posts, and reviewing books and films that she’s enjoyed.