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COVID-19: just another one of those ‘employment barriers’?

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Let’s take a minute to place ourselves back to New Years Eve, 2019. Surrounded by family and friends and toasting to an eventful year, we were lifted with high sense of optimism of what was to come in the year ahead. New Years resolutions in place – both personal and professional. Mentally, another fresh start in our lives to make the forthcoming 2020 our most productive yet. Perhaps working towards landing THAT dream job. Or maybe visiting the gym THAT more frequently. Within each of subconscious our minds, the year 2020 was tipped to hold great significance in our lives for the better.

But nothing was to prepare us for the obstacles they laid in our wake. Suddenly, after a prolonged global lockdown; casual meetings at the park were no longer the norm. Nor was a simple trip to the cinema with a friend. Remote work became a necessity – establishing the internet as the most crucial tool in the working world (see ‘MAM Remote Working Tips’ for sufficient guidance on remote working). Cue: COVID-19.

On regular conversations with fellow jobseekers, the same topics seem to arise on each occasion: can I land a job even when hardly any companies are hiring during this pandemic? Is there any point in applying when I know nothing will work in my favour?

Well, in essence – yes. It is possible. Mind the cliché, but anything is possible. Before polishing your resume and scrambling towards LinkedIn job posts, there a few considerations to keep in mind. 

  1. Persistence is key
    Whilst motivation levels may understandably be at an all time low, you are absolutely not the only person in this current situation. Many jobseekers are facing a similar struggle and are made to worry more due to uncertainty surrounding their job status. However, to put things simply – if you don’t shoot, you don’t score. Put yourself out there. It only takes one lucky break to escape unemployment – and feeing disheartened is all part of the process.
  2. Help is available
    Without trying to sound too much like a commercial, it is only right on this instance to remind jobseekers that recruiters are there to help. MAM Gruppe have notably been tried and tested by a large number of jobseekers and possess a fantastic success rate in landing promising roles for their candidates. In current global circumstances, there is no better time than to grab their helping hand.
  3. Results take time
    Needless to say, we all want to be back working as soon as physically possible. If you’re reading this, you are probably well aware of the general structure of seeking work – as well as the time restraints that comes along with it. Pace yourself – set a target of applications to complete on a daily basis. Sticking to a regular structure decreases the likelihood of frustration getting in the way of your progress.

 

Ultimately, COVID-19 has proven to be a hugely destructive force for many reasons. In the world of work however, that does NOT have to be the case.

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