IF YOU’RE a fresh graduate or just currently unemployed, now would be a good time to work on the pre-employment stage of your career. Once the pandemic is all over and the world has gained its bearings around the new normal, you can hit the ground running and get employed.
Here are five tips to help you be prepared for job hunting after quarantine:
Polish your resumé
With most companies receiving multiple applications for a position, they say you only have a few seconds to catch the attention of any employer before they move on to the next one. Creating a stellar resumé is key. More than just having the right information, it’s equally important to have the right format and layout.
Put yourself out there
Make an account on sites like LinkedIn and JobStreet so you can look for potential employers and they can see you. In connection to item #1, make sure your account is an impressive one and really shows off your strengths and what you can offer to companies, that includes having a good photo and resumé.
Build your portfolio
If the career you’re pursuing requires a portfolio, which is the case for most creative industries, work on that while you have the free time to do so. If you’re into graphic design, make eye-catching advertising materials. If you’re a budding stylist, put together a stunning fashion editorial. There’s no better time to work on that body of work.
Learn new skills
These days, a diverse skill set is a huge advantage. You don’t have to be good at everything, you just have to show that you have more to offer beyond the job qualifications. Take advantage of the free online classes and learn a new skill or two to add to your arsenal.
Look for potential employers
Penning a brilliant resumé is one thing, knowing which companies to send it to is another. You want to apply for companies you genuinely want to work for, so do your research. If your prospect doesn’t have a job listing, there’s no harm in sending an e-mail or a message through their social media to inquire.