We are living in very challenging times. The global pandemic has meant that more people than ever before are facing unemployment and redundancy. For those students and graduates who have been job hunting since Spring last year, entering the new year facing another national lockdown is another blow. Here at Developing a Student, we know how hard things are right now, and how disheartening searching for a job can be.
We have compiled some advice on searching for jobs, dealing with unemployment and how to keep organised and prepared.
Top tips for job hunting
We are so pleased to share with you over 30 different career and education opportunities. All the employers in our network are committed to supporting early careers development and understand the need to give opportunities to people like you. Whether you are searching for an apprenticeship, an internship or a permanent position, there will be something there for you.
Many traditional job sites are overwhelmed with applicants and it can be harder to stand out from the crowd. Instead, why not build up your network on LinkedIn or follow some brands you love on social media. Businesses will be posting jobs across these channels and you may see a great opportunity that you would have otherwise missed.
Virtual interviews and applications.
One thing that has changed dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic, is the shift to remote and online work. This has had a knock-on impact on recruitment, with many companies conducting their interviews and assessments online. It’s a good idea to prepared for this, in case an opportunity comes your way. While an online interview can feel daunting at first, the more prepared you are, the easier it will feel.
While you are job hunting, you shouldn’t have to struggle financially. Universal Credit is a government benefit that helps cover the cost of living for those who cannot work, are out of work, or are on a low income. The goverment use your income and living costs to calculate your monthly payment. If you need extra financial support while you are between jobs, visit the government website.
For more support during Covid-19, have a read of our guides to managing university during the pandemic, hiring somebody during covid-19, and facing unemployment.