As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, data shows approximately 246,600 Manitobans have applied for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). With thousands more working from home, it might feel like there are no jobs out there. However, it is still worthwhile to continue your job search and here’s why:
The CERB will be ending on October 3, 2020, and, when it does, the job market is going to get even more competitive. Now is a good time to start looking ahead and re-evaluate your job application materials before your competition does.
Here are some tips to consider in your job search during the pandemic:
1) Research – Research and identify industries and companies that are currently hiring. According to this CTV article, currently, there is an uptick in administration, accounting and engineering roles, and once workplaces open back up, some of the biggest hiring sprees will be in manufacturing facilities and warehouses.
2) Build Your Skills – Seek out free online resources (such as podcasts, white papers, and webinars) that cover professional development topics. You can also build essential skills using learning platforms like LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, or MindTools.com. Most of these platforms are currently offering free trials.
3) Re-Evaluate Your Application Materials
- Cover Letter and Resume – Customize your application materials and proofread everything carefully. Make a point to update and tailor your cover letter and resume for each job application. Ask yourself: Does my cover letter expand on my most relevant experiences and qualities as it pertains to each job I apply for? Is my resume attractive enough based on the employer’s job description? Review the job description and include keywords on your resume related to requirements, skills, and qualities that are also in the job description. As much as possible, focus on specific and quantifiable accomplishments, rather than just tasks performed in any given role.
- Online Presence – Take this time to audit your online presence to ensure your online brand is helping you with your job search. This should also include how you present yourself in virtual interviews (you can find our blog article on that here). And if you want to come across as a polished professional, create a website resume/portfolio to ensure your digital footprint is one you want on display.
4) Continue Applying for Jobs – Maintain momentum by applying to jobs within a company to which you are qualified for – find roles that match your skills, experience, and qualifications. Set a daily application goal and reward yourself in small, meaningful ways, such as reading your favourite book or meeting a friend for coffee.
5) Consider All Job Options & Related Positions – If you’re being offered a contract or term role – consider it. That term role might open the door to a bigger opportunity. At minimum, you will gain experience and build new relationships with an employer – and you never know who else people know and can connect you with.
During an economic slowdown, it’s important to focus on what you can control: improving your skills and yourself. If you’re looking to start your job search or looking to get back into the workforce, contact a Pinnacle recruiter today, or you can start exploring career opportunities on our job board.
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