How to stand out in the job market in times of crisis

While waiting for the global economy to recover, we can only adapt to securing jobs in an uncertain economic environment.

How to stand out in the job market in times of crisis

According to Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, the world could go through an economic crisis similar to that of 1929. While waiting for the global economy to recover, we can only adapt to securing jobs in an uncertain economic environment.  

Reeling from a pandemic, the world is not the same. Between businesses and industry at a standstill, closed shops, rising unemployment, work stoppages to children adapting to home schooling, it is still very difficult to predict precisely how the economy and therefore employment will restart. It is clear that for job seekers, the strategy adopted to find a job will have to change when finally leaving confinement.

Be even more rigorous in your research

Whether you are looking for a job or motivated by a desire for change, more than ever it is necessary to target the company or companies that interest you rather than sending applications all imaginable companies. 

Even More than before, the job seeker must ensure that he/she can perform and flourish  at the company targeted. He/she must learn about the culture of the company, its values, and its missions to avoid unpleasant surprises later.

Augment your soft skills

In a job market that is likely to be even more competitive, soft skills will also allow job seekers stand out during this recession. During this period of forced confinement, companies have (re) discovered that certain qualities are crucial within their teams. “  

Recruiters will demand more for profiles capable of breaking out of the frame, who know how to demonstrate creativity, agility, imagination and courage. To identify soft skills,  the job seeker must ask- what more can I bring to the table, especially in difficult situations. 

When updating your CV or mentioning your soft skills during an interview, you have to be able to cite 2 or 3 examples of soft skills by specifying the context, the action and the result to avoid falling to generalities and approximations.  

Stay visible

In “regular” times, it is always advisable to keep your network active. Post-confinement, it will be crucial – if you have neglected it a while – to reactivate your network because,  a professional network allows you to bounce back and learn from the experiences of others.

By maintaining contact with your professional sphere, you are put on the lookout for not only job offers but also crucial information relating to your sector or niche. And above all, do not neglect your presence and your actions on professional social networks such as LinkedIn, which remind you of potential recruiters.

Learn remote recruitment trends

While some companies continue to recruit during the lockdown, they did so remotely and this trend will most likely continue. It is highly likely that recruiters will continue to search for talent based on the video job interview, at least during the early stages of recruitment. For the job seeker, it will also imperative to prepare for this virtual meeting and its very specific codes of conduct.

Think about the interim

If you are looking for a job, why not turn to temporary work while waiting to get  permanent job? At the beginning of May 2020, 250,000 applications for the hiring of seasonal workers were listed by Qapa , particularly in agriculture (200,000), logistics (10,000), mass distribution, (10,000) agrifood (10,000) and hygiene (5,000).

Focus on internal mobility

If before the lock-down, you had certain reservations about your company, know that this “war” may also have changed the way your hierarchy looks at its teams.  Among my contacts, a good number of general managers or sales managers are thinking about re-configuring their teams. They plan to let go of people who have no particular value to look for profiles capable of bringing something fresh to their company, such as specialists with specific skills who are lacking in the team.  

For some leaders, this crisis will also have revealed the need for exceptional talent. Some employees will be disappointed while others will have emerged by showing adaptability and strength of proposal, profiles capable of shaking up preconceived ideas and bringing innovative actions.

Yes to spontaneous applications but….

With a sluggish job market, it is better to think wisely about sending unsolicited CVs. This type of application only makes sense if the job seeker has a particularity interesting skill in a specific field. For a spontaneous applications to be successful, it is also necessary to target companies likely to be interested in the specific skills you possess.