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On the job hunt?

Looking for a new job is hard at the best of times, but throw in a global pandemic and it gets a whole lot harder. When the world shut down, so did the jobs market, but how can you make the most of this time to put you in the best possible position when it starts to open up again?

With some exceptions, many companies have enforced a hiring freeze, some until September, others until the end of the year so they can judge the situation long term and reassess their workflow. Competition is fierce for new roles, especially given the increased number of redundancies during this period. Needless to say, it’s important to stand out from the crowd, and make sure you come across well in any interviews, be they virtual or in person.

We’ve put together some top tips to help you put your best foot forward when transferring jobs post-lockdown. You’ve got this!

1) Update your Linkedin frequently. Just like it looks bad when a company has an inactive social media account, it can look like you're not invested in your career or your craft. So share relevant articles, update your job description and work history and start engaging with people in your industry. Looking active and connected online can go a long way with headhunters and recruiters.

2) Do something productive. You can bet your bottom dollar that every interviewer will mention lockdown in some way. What did you do with your time? Did you make the most of it? Employers won’t want to hear about how many Netflix series you got through (however impressive), so make sure you have something to talk about.

3) Diversify your skillset. For example, if you're in marketing and usually organise events, then why not try and get to grips with digital marketing as well? You’ll have a wider understanding of your craft and you’ll be more appealing to potential employers. There are plenty of free learning tools out there, we recommend the Google Digital Garage or General Assembly's livestreams/virtual events.

4) Try and be patient. It's hard, but don’t take it personally if you get rejections, employers have the pick of the lot right now. If it's a no, ask for feedback and learn from it. It’s also much better to wait for the right thing to come along rather than jumping at the first offer, so if you have the luxury of time then hold off accepting until you're sure it's the right move for you.

5) Think twice about what you post on social media. This is a general rule of thumb really, but particularly now more than ever, because of lockdown rules, even posting a picture of you and a large group of friends could look irresponsible or immature to a potential employer browsing your feed.

Most of all, good luck!