How to Get a Job in 2021.
Well, 2021 is here. And so far, it’s been about as cheery and positive as we expected. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope, as today we’re going to be highlighting some of the best ways to find yourself work in the coming year.
Of course, 2020 was somewhat of a disappointment for many, leaving a lot of people without jobs, or bringing a halt to potential working ventures. As recruiters, we hate to hear this and want to do our best to help you to find work and move forward with your career as soon as possible. But how can you do this? Here’s how:
Prepare for Video Calls.
Video calls are, for now, here to stay. Not only in terms of meetings and updates, but also in terms of interviewing for a position. In the past, we’ve written about video interviews and how to approach them, but that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight them here.
In many ways, video calls can provide you with an advantage, as opposed to in-person interviews. After all, you can set yourself down in a comfortable spot, there’s no travelling involved, and they can still provide the interviewer with what they need. No, we don’t recommend you lay on your bed or slouch on the couch for your interview, no matter how comfortable they may be. We advise you to take them as seriously as you would an in-person interview – after all, they’re still an interview.
To give yourself an advantage over other candidates, you’ll want to prepare yourself for any video calls you may have. Use your webcam to test your surroundings, such as lighting and if your webcam even works. And yes, we recommend using a laptop over a phone to avoid the camera shaking. You’ll also want to ensure your microphone works (which can be completed with a simple mic check on your laptop) and that you sit correctly. Lastly, ensure you have any specifics you want to mention in a physical form around you, such as a notepad or a printout. After all, distractions such as pets or children in the house provide a disadvantage to video calls, so the last thing you’ll want is any other unnecessary distractions.
Consider Using Recruiters.
Much like video interviews, we’ve also discussed the advantages of using a recruiter in 2021, so, we recommend you give that a read.
To make a long story short, a recruiter’s job is to find the best possible match between a candidate and an open position or role. So, why not take advantage of this? However, to get the best out of a recruiter or recruitment agency is to provide them with as much detail about yourself as possible. To do this, you’ll want to:
Realise Your Skills.
To find a job quicker, you’ll want to know what your skills and experiences are. This will help you narrow down a search and provide you with clearer options to proceed with your career.
This involves a bit more than simply creating a CV. If you’re looking to find work in 2021, you’ll want to narrow down exactly what your skills are, and perhaps how your previous working, voluntary, or educational experiences help this. For example, perhaps you feel your skillsets and experience give you a better chance of finding work in the customer service area or warehouse work.
Of course, we’re not suggesting you narrow your search down to a specific role in a specific company. However, what we are suggesting is to give yourself some options in which you feel you’d work best and begin to search in these areas. After all, job searching can be overwhelming and intimidating if you’re just looking for ‘work’ with no specifics.
Do Your Research.
With the UK going through a transition period like nothing we’ve seen before, businesses are looking to get business sorted with as little complications as possible. When it comes to hiring a new employee, this is no different. The sooner they can find the best candidate, the sooner they can continue.
So, if you’re successful enough to be invited to an interview, you’ll want to put the effort into researching the company, and perhaps even the interviewer if you know ahead of time. Not only does this bring the potential to impress the business and interviewer, but it also shows how serious you are about the role. After all, any employer worth their salt knows that people need to work, but they’ll always want someone passionate about their business. So, doing your research will help you to stand out, and give you a better chance of finding work in 2021.
Another way that research can help in your search for work is by finding out more about the type of role you’re applying for. From what kind of work you’re expected to do, to what kind of a salary you’re within your rights to ask for, the more research, the better. The more you know about what exactly you want from a role or position, the more success you’ll begin to find.
Calm Your Nerves.
Everybody has looked for work at some point in their life, and even interviewers know you’re only human. Because guess what? They are too!
Nerves are natural, but to best conquer your nerves, you must first understand that everybody gets nervous. You can prepare all you want, but there will still be an element of nervousness regardless of what you do. And that’s OK! Just do what you can to prepare, understand your worth, do your research, and your hard work will pay off. We promise!
That’s our list! Think we’ve missed anything? Be sure to let us know by leaving a comment below!
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!