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Coronavirus: What Does it Change for Your Job Search?

Ten years after the last financial crisis, 2019 has been a very good year in terms of job creation. But at the start of 2020, the consequences of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on the market remain to be determined. These days, as the epidemic spreads, more and more uncertainty hangs over businesses, so how can you approach your job search in the short and medium term in this new context?

1) Slow economic activity

According to a recent survey, 7 out of 10 companies say they are affected in their activity by the Coronavirus. The impact of the epidemic on the economy and employment is likely to be severe, especially for the temporary and short-term contracts who will be the first to suffer the consequences. To limit breakage, some companies will be forced to resort to partial unemployment, hoping that by reducing working hours for all, they will manage to limit layoffs and adjust short-term contracts. More generally, the strategy favored by companies will ultimately depend on the duration of the reduction in activity and State aid.

In this context of crisis, how can you approach your job search?

2) Take advantage of your future weeks of confinement

These coming weeks, you will surely be invited, like the rest of the population, to reduce your trips and stay as much as possible at home. Suffice to say that this will not be the ideal time to try to get job interviews with companies. Take this opportunity to take stock of your recent research and review the tools you use to approach potential employers:

    • Update your CV and cover letter.
    • Make a follow-up list of your applications: What companies have you approached? Which ones will you contact again, and why?
    • Prepare a list of companies you want to target, as well as the contact persons to reach. On the web, in professional directories, or on recommendations, find new companies to approach when the situation returns to normal.
    • Set up a real web presence strategy: You may already be registered on one or more professional social networks such as LinkedIn. If not, now is the time. In a job search, they allow you to build relationships with professionals, identify key contacts, stay abreast of current events in your sector, etc. Think about the information you are going to publish, the image you want to give. Your e-reputation must be taken care of: recruiters pay attention to it.

3) Be flexible on the type of contract offered …

More than ever, it is relevant to be more flexible about your requirements in order to be able to open as many doors as possible. Indeed, companies in difficult times favor short-term contracts. If the job and the sector of a job advertisement meet your expectations, be less careful about the proposed contract. When the situation returns to normal, you will have the opportunity to review your expectations.

4) What if you dare to retrain?

What if this troubled period was the time to ask yourself essential questions? Have you always dreamed of working with children or the elderly? What if you finally dared to retrain in sectors that are always going to be of interest? Some jobs will always be promising and retraining you in high demand sectors could open up new unexpected and rewarding professional experiences

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