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Conditions for job seekers are not exactly ideal right now. COVID-19 has forced many companies to put hiring on hold, alter their recruiting processes, and adjust their hiring plans. For job candidates, it also means shifting their approach to searching for a job.
Many of us have found some extra time on our hands because we are at home more often than ever. As a job candidate, you can treat this as a great opportunity to improve. You can use this time to improve personally and professionally. Then, when the time comes for the economy to ramp up again, you will put yourself in a better position to succeed with your job search.
According to Toronto headhunters, here are eight things you can do to improve while at home during the pandemic:
Seldom do we get the opportunity to take a step back and reflect. The coronavirus has allowed many of us to stop and take a deeper look at the things that are important to us. Use some of this extra time on your hands to reassess your career goals and get refocused on what is important to you. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. What makes you a great talent? What things can you improve to become an even more attractive job candidate?
There is no doubt this is a stressful time for everyone. Many people struggle with dealing with stress. Many have anxiety. It’s important to take steps to take care of your mental health. Take it seriously. Do the things that help you stay sharp. Exercise, stay connected with friends and family (virtually), meditate, do yoga, read, and do other things that make you happy and healthy.
Taking stock of where you are in your career and how you compare to other professionals in the types of jobs you want is important. Assess your skills and qualifications. Do they match with the type of job you want? Do you have shortcomings? Which skills can you improve upon? Which skills and qualifications can you add?
Review your resume and LinkedIn profile. Update both while you’re assessing yourself as a candidate. If you have access, speak with other trusted professionals or colleagues within your industry to get some input.
Consider taking an online course. Is there a certification you have been meaning to get, but didn’t have the time? Are there certain courses you could benefit from?
You can also get caught up on your reading list. Look for books that can help you gain new perspectives, learn new insights, and become a better professional in your industry.
Keeping up with the latest trends in your industry can be challenging. Do your best to stay on top of the latest news. This will not only help you gain a deeper understanding of emerging trends, issues, and opportunities, it will also help you understand the direction you want to take in your career. It’s also a great way to prepare for job interviews. You never know when an interviewer will ask you about industry news.
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance for all people to have good IT skills. How strong are your technology skills? Which areas could you improve? What technology is being deployed in your industry? How could technology change the way you do your job? Look for ways to improve your understanding and application of IT skills within the framework of your career.
Not sure which direction you want to take your career? Should you leave your current job? Unclear about the next step you should take? These are all great questions you can address with a mentor. Some expert guidance from someone in your field of work can greatly help you better understand your options, strengths, shortcomings, and develop a stronger and more focused career plan.
Taking the time now to improve is important. COVID-19 and social distancing rules have given you an opportunity to spend more time on yourself. Take it and run with it. If you do, you’ll be a better candidate and well-positioned to capitalize on your next career opportunity.
IQ PARTNER is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.
Randy co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as a Senior Partner, focusing on business development within executive search, media, and sales recruitment. His accomplishments include building over a dozen digital media sales teams for digital start-ups, publishers, and mobile app developers. He has also helped launch an international smartphone manufacturer from the ground up, building its entire hardware, software, and sales teams.