Conducting face-to-face interviews will be hard for businesses at this time, with many staff working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you are a jobseeker on the job hunt at the moment, you should be ready for video and phone interviews. Other tactics for jobseekers searching from home include keeping your LinkedIn profile updated and perfecting your CV. We have put together a list of actions you can take during this time to ensure that your job search doesn’t have to stop.
Take the time to perfect your CV
Ultimately your CV is your calling card and your most important sales tool. It should go without saying that it needs to include basic information such as your contact details, employment history, and education, but how long should it be and what tricks can you use to give it the edge? View our 5 Top Tips for Getting Your CV Perfect.
Creating a robust LinkedIn profile can set you apart from other jobseekers during the coronavirus outbreak. Many people look at LinkedIn as an online CV, they list their credentials, add a little blurb about who they are and hope that someone is intrigued enough to network with or hire them. What they – and likely you – don’t know about LinkedIn is that it is a powerful search engine that has the power to drive targeted, high-volume traffic to your profile. Not only that, but that traffic can very well turn into valuable professional relationships and ultimately land you your dream job. View Matrix’s LinkedIn Profile Optimisation Guideline.
Practice for Video Interviews
Video interviews offer a close resemblance to an in-person meeting. You have probably conducted many FaceTime conversations with friends and family and as a result, are comfortable with this mode of interaction. It will be easy to fall back into an informal tone as that’s what you’re used to. Remember that this is an interview and you need to keep it professional. Video job interviews have become, and will continue to be, an essential part of the hiring process since the coronavirus outbreak. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with all the variables of a video interview so that you can be as prepared as possible. View our Video Interview Guideline for Success Every Time.
Reconnect with References
We’re all super busy with careers, family, and other pressing matters (such as the coronavirus)—your reference included! It’s unlikely that they’re going to react with shock if you apologise for not being in touch and ask for this favor all in the space of five minutes. Don’t waste a ton of time on small talk; rather, respect their time and get to the point. Try something like this:
“In preparation for my next career move, I have landed a video interview with a great company that I would love to work for. I would like to have my references prepared in case they request them over the coming days. I would really appreciate being able to include you as a reference, would that be ok? I would love to catch up with you over the phone and give you some details about the job I am interviewing for. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.”
Stay Positive and Keep Going
This is essential during this obviously worrying time. Companies are still hiring and it is business as usual here in Matrix Recruitment. We have many exciting vacancies open at the moment and we would love to talk to you about them. Please get in touch with us today!
Make the MOST of your time during the coronavirus outbreak and most importantly, stay safe and well!