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7 Job Hunting Tips For When Businesses Aren’t Hiring

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

Last Updated April 28, 2020

Measures put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus appear to be paying off according to the latest figures, but a consequence of all non-essential businesses having to close is that staff are being furlough or let go as businesses try to control costs. Naturally, hiring has also slowed.  Glassdoor data shows that job openings w/c 23rd March were down 19% compared to the same time the previous month, with week-on-week job openings steadily falling:  JMR UK Time Trend Mar 30 If you’ve lost your job, or are concerned you might do soon, job hunting will be harder than usual. But if you can refine your job-hunting strategy, you could start a new job sooner than you think:

Refresh your CV 

In the current climate, we can say with certainty that a recruiter or employer will be receiving more applications than they would have before the pandemic took a grip. And, when you consider that a recruiter only spends on average seven seconds looking at your CV, your CV must be well-written, accurate, professional and interesting.  If you haven’t looked at your CV for a while, as well as thinking of the above points, make sure your CV contains the four key elements recruiters and employers look for: 
  • Personal statement
  • Up-to-date work experience
  • Skills section that is tailored to the role you’re applying for
  • Details of your educational or training qualifications
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Research sectors that are hiring

While our data shows that hiring across most industries is falling, some sectors are seeing an uptake. For example, supermarkets, like Morrisons, Asda and Tesco, are currently recruiting for thousands of temporary workers for positions like delivery drivers, customer service assistants and warehouse operatives.  During times (like now) when the majority of businesses are slowing their hiring, you may have to be flexible in your job search and consider looking at industries that are outside your area of expertise.  Take a look at Glassdoor's Jobs section for open vacancies across all sectors and see what employees of the companies you’ve identified have to say about working for them with Glassdoor’s Company Reviews

Let your network know you’re available

Put a post on LinkedIn letting people know you’re looking for a new opportunity. Also, consider changing your LinkedIn headline to include the words ‘available for work.’ This lets anyone who comes across your profile know that you’re looking for a new job, without them having to view your full profile.  Send an email to all ex-colleagues you're still in contact with and people you know professionally to tell them you’re looking for your next career move. The personal referral can be especially powerful right now to help get your CV in front of the right person.

Use your free time to strengthen your skills

The structure of work is constantly changing due to technological developments and trends in hiring. This means that anyone who can demonstrate to a recruiter or employer that they have the knowledge and skills needed for the role will stand a better chance of getting hired.  If you’re not sure which of your skills are lacking, look back through your job appraisals to see what has been highlighted as areas for improvement. Or, compare your skill set against the skills mentioned in job descriptions to see what you’re missing.  Once, you’ve identified the skills you want to strengthen or acquire, look at courses that are available online. There are thousands of course providers offering a range of online courses, so to ensure you’re enrolling on the right one, read over their reviews before you’re signing up.  Many companies are also offering free online skills training to workers that have been furloughed.

Take a temporary job or volunteer

To help with your finances if you’re out of work, consider taking on a temporary job while you look for something permanent.  It’s unlikely that you’ll find a temporary job which is similar to what you were doing before, but this can be a positive as it provides the opportunity to acquire new skills. And, if you make a great impression, your employer may ask you to stay on permanently.  If you’re unable to take on a temporary job, consider offering your time and skills to an organisation that desperately needs volunteer support right now. As well as enhancing your CV, it’s a great way of keeping your soft skills polished while also helping out communities who are in need. 

Get jobs delivered to your inbox

Searching online to find open vacancies can be time-consuming and may involve looking through different sites to find roles that are suitable for your skills. Our ethos at Glassdoor is to make job-hunting easy. By opening a Glassdoor account, you can choose to get details of jobs that match your skills and experience sent straight to your inbox. This saves you time and allows you to focus on perfecting your CV and interview skills.  RELATED: How To Answer Some Of The Toughest Interview Questions Be consistent  Losing your job can have a big emotional impact: it can knock your confidence and leave you feeling lost. And, the longer you’re out of work, the worse these feelings can get. One of the key ways we’ve found of getting back into work quickly is being consistent with your job search.  This involves registering your details with Glassdoor to receive frequent updates on open vacancies, regularly updating recruiters on your availability for work and joining online communities, like Facebook or LinkedIn groups, where peers may post details of job openings.banner 1 1024x276