Job hunting during lockdown

FILE PHOTO. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

FILE PHOTO. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Published Mar 27, 2020


JOHANNESBURG - With the country under lockdown it may seem that everything has come to a complete standstill. Job seekers may be uncertain what it means for them. What can you do to keep the search going in these uncertain times.

Don’t stop applying

The truth is for many companies, it is business as usual. Even if potential employers temporarily pause their search, the lockdown will come to an end and vacancies will need to be filled. So keep sending those C.V’s and cover letters.

Work on your C.V

When last did you rework your C.V? Potential employers and recruiters receive dozens of CVs. How do you make sure yours stands out? Here are 5 tips for a better CV..

Be concise

Only mention relevant training

Work in chronological order

Be precise

Put more emphasis on your experience

More tips for a promising CV



Build and expand your network

Use your resources to build or expand your networks. Sites such as LinkedIn are treasure trove of connections, job opportunities and advice. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile, get one. Get active, share information, partake in discussions and make sure your profile is detailed. People have more time on their hands at the moment so engage and ask questions. Don't be afraid to engage with people who have more experience in the field of work you are interested, learn as much as you can from them, the sole purpose of your network is to benefit you.

Get the right apps

In the event that you are granted an interview it will most likely be done over telephone or video call. You need to make sure you have the right apps. Get Google Hangouts and Skype for video interview. Make sure you choose a spot with a clear background. Treat this like any in office interview dress formally and be ready 5 min early. Ensure whatever device you will be using is fully charged.

Give yourself a break

Job hunting can become frustrating, it's normal. Don't become overwhelmed and wallow in frustration. Take a step back, clear your mind and do something you enjoy for a while then come back with a clear mind and renewed purpose and keep at it.