While most of the world may be in lockdown right now, the global pandemic actually presents an opportunity to unlock your career potential.
Normal life may be on pause but many companies, including us at Tek Experts, are continuing to hire at pace. With more people than ever working from home on their computers, tech support – the service that Tek Experts provides to business customers across seven countries – has never been more vital.
As we progress through this pandemic, the hope and expectation is that more and more organizations will be able to return to work in some capacity. As they do, they might need to add to their workforce, either replacing those employees that have moved on to other roles or bringing in new skills and expertise.
It’s fair to say though, that competition for jobs is going to be fairly intense. So, if you’re planning on getting a new job during the coronavirus pandemic or taking the next step in your career, you’ve got to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips on how to do just that:
1.Focus on the live opportunities
Given the circumstances, now is not the best time to be sending out speculative job applications. As much as anything else, it’s not good for your mental health if you don’t hear anything back from an employer – perhaps because they’ve furloughed their recruitment team – or your application is rejected. And it’s vitally important we all protect our mental health during these tough times.
Instead, focus on live opportunities and search out those employers who are actively hiring and are making it easy for you to apply during these unprecedented times. At Tek Experts, for example, we’re holding regular career webinars on our social media channels for candidates to drop in. you can find out about our vacancies on our social media platforms, and ask our recruitment managers, through our ongoing webinars about anything you want to know about working at the company.
2.Revisit your resumé?
When was the last time you reviewed your resumé? Does it reflect your current skills and experience? Does it include keywords that the hiring company is using in its job descriptions? Is it free from spelling and grammatical errors? You may also want to update it in order to reflect the current climate – for example, do you have the ability to work from home? If so, this could help you secure a position over someone else.
3.Boost your skills
In lots of ways, there’s never been a better time to bolster your qualifications. So, after taking some time to think about the direction you want to go with your career, check out some job descriptions to see if you’re lacking in any areas.
Once those areas have been identified, research and complete online training courses in recognized qualifications; look at local community education initiatives; improve your language skills via an app like Duolingo; network on LinkedIn to boost your connections and identify possible mentors; and expand your knowledge by watching some relevant TED Talks on YouTube.
You get the idea. When you get the chance to speak to a hiring manager, you want them to come away thinking you’re ready to take the next step in your career. At Tek Experts we make it easier for people to progress in their chosen career paths. To achieve this, we have partnered with IT training experts Elev8 to help you achieve your goals.
4.Get comfortable with online interviews
Many employers have acted quickly to move their recruitment processes online. So, where you might’ve once been invited into the office for an interview, now they’re taking place over the Internet through video conferencing apps.
The more comfortable you are with the process, the better your prospects of getting a job during the coronavirus pandemic. So, get used to speaking in front of a camera. Try to stay as natural as possible, dress as you would for a normal interview and make sure whatever is in the background of your video is suitable for hiring managers and potential employers to see.
You can now apply and interview for a role with Tek Experts, all from the comfort and safety of your laptop. What's more, you will be able to work from home if your role permits it, until we receive guidance from our government and health services – in each of our locations around the world – that indicate a return to normality.
5. Align with the company culture
Even if employers are desperate for more hands at the moment, they’ll still want to see that you’ll align with the company culture. And anyway, would you really want to work for a company whose culture isn’t suited to you?
A crisis is a good time to make an assessment about a company’s culture. How they are reacting to this emergency and treating their employees will tell you all you need to know about whether to put in an application.
At Tek Experts, for example, we’ve minimized the number of staff coming into our offices and made it easy for them to keep a safe distance and maintain personal hygiene. This is in keeping with the family feel of our offices, where everybody is looking out for each other.
In all our locations, we are currently hiring for both technical and non-technical roles – including network engineers, virtualization engineers, Active Directory specialists, Linux specialists and junior software support engineers – and would love to hear from you if you don’t want this pandemic to put the brakes on your professional development.
If you’re interested in working for an employer that’s known for investing in its people and encourages growth and development at every level of the company, check out our current vacancies at https://www.tek-experts.com/