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How Coronavirus May Impact Your Job Hunt - International Headhunters' Advice

Posted-on September 2020 By Amy Bates

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With the global coronavirus pandemic causing widespread confusion for workers and layoffs happening across industries, you may find yourself in the market for a new job. If you do, it’s best to be as prepared as possible in order to find the right opportunity.

Here’s some advice on job hunting during the coronavirus pandemic:

First, it’s important to understand the conditions under which you’re likely to be interviewing. Since in-person interviews are probably cancelled for now, you should expect to participate in numerous phone and video interviews. So, what are the best strategies for doing well under such circumstances?

As International Headhunters, we know it’s essential that you go into it like a regular face-to-face interview.

You may be doing an interview in your living room, but don't let yourself get too comfortable. Wear exactly what you'd wear if the interview was in person. It's tempting to wear a nice shirt paired with pyjama pants, but that's going to have a negative impact on your performance.

Putting on business clothing signals to your brain that it’s time for work, not relaxation. It’s a simple yet powerful mind trick that truly works.

In addition to treating video interviews with importance, it is even more important that you take other forms of communication into account. While it's always crucial to send thank you notes throughout the work-hunting process, the act has become more crucial these days. After all, there is no human contact beyond video or voice chat. Therefore, in terms of communication, you should do everything and everything you can to shine through the process.

In addition, coronavirus may cause freezes in many industries. So you should expect that job hunting will take longer than average (such as many months). As a result, try and do as much networking as you can via phone and video calls so that you have people who can give you a heads-up on the relevant job openings once the time comes. This may give you the edge of any competition for those roles.

The coronavirus is likely to change dramatically the way we work for months to come (if not longer). If you're in the market for a new job, now is the time to do your best and to do your research so that you can ace the recruitment process and find a position in which to thrive.