How to find a job during COVID-19 — RedCat Digital

We are undoubtedly living in a strange and precarious situation — no need to hammer on about COVID-19, we all know what it is, and are all trying our own different ways of dealing with the situation around it. However, it’s necessary to address that, unfortunately for many, it has led to a fair number of people either being let go — whether for economic reasons, or because the work has dried up, as well as a large number of people left working on shaky ground in certain industries, such as travel, sport and entertainment.

I think one of the difficulties around job-hunting in specialised areas such as Tech and Product is that it’s quite rare for people, or at least such a high number of very qualified people, to be jobless. It’s far more common for people in these shoes to be headhunted from recruiters at all angles, from agency and internal, asking them to come on board. Essentially, there’s normally a wealth of options in front of them, and only a job interview (although challenging) standing in the way. Meaning that sadly, people in these areas aren’t massively well-versed in actually going to find a job themselves.

So this is somewhat a guide to How I’d Go to Find a Job Right Now If I Had To. I don’t think I’m exceptionally qualified for much, barring obscure European football references, and recruitment. Handily going to find a job isn’t much different to being a Recruiter, so I can talk through to you, reader, how I’d go about finding employment. For anyone who reads further than this point — this will be taking a more Tech specific approach, but feel free to use as a baseline for any other type of role.

Step 1: Social Media

LinkedIn

People bandy on about how ‘Recruiters on average spend 5–7 seconds looking at a CV’ (I mean, this isn’t really true, but it’s a separate argument for another day), but it’s not actually a bad way to go about putting your LinkedIn together. People need to be enticed straight away that you’re the right person for the job, and for that to be verified the more they read. Secondly, think about all the quality people you’ve worked with over the years that you (hope, at least) to have made a good impression on. Ask them for a Recommendation on your profile. Sounds a bit crass, but if one of your old mates now works for a Google or a Facebook, it’ll probably look pretty good if they’re saying they’d work with you again in the future. Lastly — make sure your CV is on there, or a link to it. It seems obvious, but very easy to forget — you need to make sure whoever’s about to hit you up for a role has an easy chance to double-check you’re a great fit before getting in touch.

GitHub, Twitter, Medium & the rest

Don’t leave it there either — as mentioned, Medium and Twitter are great communities too; Medium is a great place to post something more long-form and formal about your situation than your CV, and help give you a voice and personality behind your search. Adding a human element is only a plus to me. Twitter is the same for me too, and I quite regularly see the tech community looking out for one-another when someone needs help finding a job — people will regularly give you an update if they’re hiring, tag someone else who is, or Retweet to help you gain reach. Don’t feel ashamed to ask for Retweets to spread awareness as well — people will be more than willing to help. Stick a shout-out on LinkedIn too, while you’re at it.

Step 2 — Active Outreach

Secondly, think of anyone you’ve worked with in the past who might be able to refer you into their company, whether they’re a recruiter, individual contributor or hiring manager. Do the rounds and see who could help you there; although lots of companies have slowed down or halted recruitment, the client is much more likely to speak to you if you’ve got a direct referral from a friend. After this, then I’d say go and hit the job boards: Reed, LinkedIn, Indeed, wherever. These are, annoyingly, a bit lower percentage in their effectiveness, so make sure to hit them in volume — but also, don’t just spam them. Make sure it’s a good role and good fit.

Where do Recruiters fit into all of this?

However, agency recruiters in general can be quite useful, even at this time. Not all of them, as is always the case, but don’t hesitate in going back and reaching out to a recruiter you had a good chat with/trust/has put you forward for good roles before and see if they can offer any advice. If you don’t know any, ask some of your pals if they know anyone they can recommend. Any recruiter worth their salt will be able to point you in the direction of some hiring managers, internals, have a look over your CV and help you with any interview prep. Sure, they won’t get paid for this, but I think we all need to look out for each other these days.

To wrap this up…

Happy to help

Take it easy, folks.

Originally published at https://www.redcat-digital.com on April 7, 2020.

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