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How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Covid-19 has changed our lives in many ways. It has impacted the world's economy in a negative manner. Many graduates and professionals have lost their jobs due to this pandemic. And those applying for jobs are facing a lot of difficulties.

 

According to CMIE (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy), 12.2 crores of Indians have lost their jobs during April 2020 alone. There is a significant drop in employment from 2019 to 2020.

 

The entire situation has created tough competition for job seekers. The market has become highly volatile. However, instead of waiting for this tough time to get over, we can try and adapt to the change.


We can try to be better in order to sand out in this competitive job market. Preparing ourselves for the future, it is possible to get a job in these tough times too. The only way to get through this is to be prepared for the worst circumstances.

In the face of adversity, we have a choice. We can be bitter, or we can be better. Those words are my North Star. - Caryn Sullivan

Although companies have slowed down their hiring process in the past few months, some companies are recruiting candidates to grow their business. The interview process is taking place on a digital platform.


Recruiters are conducting selection rounds through various virtual meeting platforms such as Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Hangout, and Webex.


Carefully observing and analyzing new trends in the job market and skills in demand can help you set a foot in this job market. This analysis will help you to find jobs more easily and effectively.


Opportunities are there, you just have to find the ones that suit you and prepare yourself for them. You have to do something in addition to your regular skills and abilities that can set you apart from the crowd.


Tips that will help you to stand out in this competitive job market:


How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market During the COVID-19 Crisis?

1. Job search strategy:

You should focus on job opportunities relevant to your skills and experience. Try to avoid applying for every job, every company that is hiring.


Check the job profile and company profile. See if the job requirements interest you.


Apply only for relevant jobs. This will increase your chances of getting the job.


Applying for irrelevant jobs and then getting rejected will only add up to your frustration. Search for specific companies that are actively hiring.


Stay updated with the current trends and career opportunities that will require your skills set.


How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market During the COVID-19 Crisis?

2. Revamp your resume:

Take time and think about which sector you would like to work in. Be clear. Set your goals.


Based on your interests and qualification revamp your resume.


Try to keep your resume restricted to one page. Because most of the recruiters spend only a few seconds analyzing your resume.


Enlist your achievements, skills, and highlight essential skills in your resume. Many companies are doing work remotely, so show them how you can adapt to different work environments.


Make sure to customize your resume according to each job application.


How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market During the COVID-19 Crisis?

3. Take online courses:

The most important thing in this period of a pandemic is to utilize your time in doing something productive.


You can learn new skills in these circumstances, which will prove to be an advantage for the job positions you apply for.



Many online certification courses are available on different platforms. Analyze the trending courses and try to learn them.


Invest your time in practicing and getting hands-on experience with these newly emerging skills. Some of the trending courses include Digital Marketing, Software Languages, Data Science, Networking, etc.


You can also choose courses based on your interests. But make sure, you choose them wisely.


Adding new skills that are relevant to the current job market will be helpful to get you hired. Analyze the market, job competition, and what qualities the employers are looking for; for a specific role, then polish your skills to fit in there.


How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market During the COVID-19 Crisis?

4. Prepare for the virtual interviews:

Amidst the COVID crisis and lockdown; it's not possible to conduct face-to-face interviews. And hence, face-to-face interviews are now replaced by virtual interviews.


Most of us don't have experience of these types of interviews.


Preparing for virtual interviews beforehand is thus important and can be advantageous for your big day. During virtual video interviews, you need to follow professional ethics and etiquette.


You need to dress appropriately, choose a decent background and well-lit spot in order to appear professional during your interview. You need to upgrade yourself with the infrastructure needed for the smooth conduction of virtual interviews.


Now that you how you can beat this ever-increasing competition you can start working for your career growth with the help of the above-mentioned tips.


During this period of economic slowdown, focus on what you can do to improve your skills, and land up with a job. Learn new skills that are relevant to the current job market. Continuously adapt to changing requirements of jobs and stay updated.


Upskilling yourself frequently can give you an edge in this competitive job market. Utilize your time effectively. Properly analyze the current trends and keep upgrading yourself. Keep going. Keep working. Be persistent. Be positive and you will surely win.


So? Where are you starting from? Let us know in the comments what skills do you possess that can help you stand out from the crowd.

 

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