Finding a Job in Covid-19

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES – Finding a job in the Covid-19 Environment

A Presentation to the Rotary Club of Rosanna.

The Australian employment market has traditionally been strong, but currently the national unemployment rate is running at 6.8%.  The Reserve Bank of Australia recently forecast this to increase to 10% by the end of the year but recent figures show this to now be unlikely.

Australia currently has an underemployment rate, i.e., 11.2% of those wanting to work more hours is up from 8.8% prior to the pandemic.

GETTING A JOB – A ROADMAP FOR A BETTER CV

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First craft a compelling personal ‘brand’ story, for example:

  • Include contact specifics (Header)
  • Use simple fonts; size 11 Calibri or Arial, justified
  • Restrict your CV to three pages, no pictures and no more than the last 10 years of your work history
  • Include a short summary of yourself
  • List your schooling history, universities attended, qualifications
  • Include memberships, particularly Not-for-Profit work (employers like those who commit time to volunteering)
  • List jobs and promotions
  • Polish your CV for robots…often a machine is reading your VC, not a human. Artificial Intelligence Powered Applicant Tracking is used frequently used for big job opportunities
  • Explain any gaps in your CV
  • Include any recent, relevant, measurable achievements – and where possible link these to the Job advertisement, e.g.,
    • Business Development advertising will probably include terms such as BD, Sales, ROI, Achievements, P&L for example
    • Web Developer advertisements will use terms such as SEO, rendering, Java, Script/Bootstrap or other programming languages

Don’t ignore the power of LinkedIn.  Use this facility to:

  • Leverage existing and new relationships – search the site, you may be surprised to see how many friends and colleagues are listed
  • Target your top 25 contacts to meet and greet
  • Gain exposure to Hiring Managers and Recruiters
  • Demonstrate your knowledge base, credibility and leadership expertise
  • State that you are looking for work, don’t assume that because you are listed that those searching the site will know that you are available
  • Use LinkedIn as a research tool
  • Follow companies to see how they are tracking

START RESEARCHING RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

Recruitment agencies specialise in jobs just as companies specialise in industries, SEEK is very well known but is not the only recruitment agency. Target industry specific recruiters, for example:

  • McArthur for Government and community
  • Design and Build for engineering and construction
  • Michael Page for banking and finance
  • Korn Ferry and Egon Zender for C Level $500K plus

Create activity, remember, getting a job IS a job.

ZOOM Interviews.

Recruiters are paid to discriminate, so get your ZOOM interviewing technique right the first time.

  • Position the camera so it’s pointing to a distraction free area with an uncluttered background
  • Watch out for shadows, poor lighting, reflections
  • Check your internet connection and ensure your ZOOM App works
  • Look at the webcam, not over the top of the screen or to the side
  • Choose a confident colour and ensure there is no background noise, i.e., TV in an adjoining room
  • Try to avoid the ‘deer in the headlight’ moments
  • Remember, hand movements can often work when stressing a point but can also distract

THE INTERVIEW

  • Be on time for the interview, be enthusiastic and match your personal presentation to the job
  • Be clear on who you are
  • Have examples ready for behavioural questions
  • Help the Recruiter – write your own executive summary, they will like that
  • Anticipate the employer’s Covid-19 gap, explain how you can help them
  • Be ready to adjust to the current ‘norm’…LVMH are making hand sanitiser, Dyson are making respirators

MANAGE THE RECRUITER

  • After the interview send the recruiter a hand-written note or card – NOT an email, taking the time to hand-write a note is very impressive
  • Ask for feedback on your performance
  • When you get to a second-round interview
    • Create a stronger connection with the interviewer, e.g., golf, tennis, cycling, cooking
    • Remember the interviewer spends a lot of time recruiting people like YOU, so stand out, leave a lasting impression!
  • Remember, you’re a walking fee!

THIS IS TOUGH TIMES, SO GET CREATIVE IN YOUR APPROACH – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

  • Take the risk away from the recruitment agency and prepare a list of just what you can do.
  • In these tough times, many employers are just looking for casual employees to fill their gaps. Remember, a job is a job. Work hard to get on their payroll,

And above all, FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP.

And when you have your job:

Once there work even harder to get noticed, make opportunities for yourself, be proactive and tell your boss what you can do to help the company.

 Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration