Covid-19 pandemic caused by corona virus disease has gradually evolved into a defining global crisis. The ongoing pandemic has redefined the mode and operations of almost every aspect of the society. The workforce is one of the aspects of society largely disrupted. This has caused many to lose their jobs or be subjected to uncomfortable working conditions or pay. It has also put organizations under pressure to quickly respond to a totally new world of work. In a nutshell, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted upon the way we work, and do several other things.
According to an article by Bangkok post, New World of Work, the writer, Pattama Keuntak posits that “since the pandemic has disrupted both the workforce and employers, there is surely a gap to be filled between employment demand and supply”. The reality is that, while companies have had to retrench several staff, they also need to hire new ones. This is necessary in the bid to meet the new order created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Consequently, there are several job opportunities available in the job space. It is just as possible to land a job during the Covid-19 pandemic as it was before it. However, the requirements to landing a job now might be different.
Like the saying goes “tough times requires tough measures’, as a job seeker, you must be resilient at this time. This would mean that you must position yourself for the realities of the new phase of work.
This you can do by taking the following steps:
1. Get New and Relevant Skills
Remote jobs are in the increase. Likewise, many operations have had to be carried out via the use of technology. Even the way interviews are done have changed; most interviews are done via video calls. This evolution seem to tilt more towards technology. Therefore, computer skills have become basic necessity for employability.
Pattama Keuntak believes an essential skill companies are looking for is technology competence. This IT competence will include using digital information and comfortably using IT tools, such as collaborating online.
Acquiring IT related skills will position you well for employment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some relevant skills you can acquire would be digital marketing, social media marketing, graphics design, etc.
2. Customize Your Resume and C.V
Today, Human Resource Managers are more keen than ever when it comes to scrutinizing resumes for jobs. Consequently, you should aim at displaying relevant soft and hard skills in your resume to avoid been passed over. Hard skills such as Microsoft office use is necessary. Similarly, soft skills such as emotional intelligence is a necessity to have and display in your resume. This is necessary to show up under keywords hiring managers and their software are scanning for. Leadership skill is also an important skill to display. Hence, there is more need than ever to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for.
3. Prepare Well for Interview
Whether your interview is online or in a physical setting, prepare adequately so as to impress your interviewers. Ensure you are well versed with the realities of work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Questions will likely be posed around that. The aim will be to determine your ability to adapt to the new demands of work.
Furthermore, for information about vacancies, you should be conversant with online employment platforms. Having your profile set up and active on LinkedIn will be a smart move. You must also stay alert and ready to act fast as soon as there is an hiring update.
In conclusion, there are tons of jobs available during the Covid-19 pandemic as ever. The competition might however be stiffer. Your responsibility is to rise up to the demands that the pandemic has imposed on the face of work.