Many things have changed because of the global pandemic. All nations suddenly encountered various health, economic and mental crisis. We need to learn to cope with the new challenges of the new normal. Now more than ever we should strengthen our minds and body to be able to adapt to the new world we are living in.

In order to sustain our ourselves and our family, we need to find ways to stay employed. Some people who have experience and courage in putting up their own businesse, also face a lot of challenges now since traditional brick and mortar stores can no longer flourish like how they did before. It’s not that different with staying employed and getting a new job. So let’s take a look at some of the things that a jobseeker can do now during the new normal:

  • Look at all available job boards. There are many job portals that you can use to search, PhilJobNet is among them. If possible don’t limit yourself to just one of two, look at everything and find out how they work. One job may not be posted in a popular job portal, but it may be on the other one since not all employers can afford to advertise on popular websites. So always be on the lookout for job openings that you are interested in, soon enough you’ll be able to find a suitable company and job as long as you do not give up.

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  • Connect with your contacts. If you have been working a while you should have enough contacts that can point you to the right direction. It’s easier to send simple notes now with the help of chat apps. Be direct to the point, ask respectfully and tell them that you need help finding a new job. Filipinos are always willing to help.
  • Understand your industry better. Because of the crisis, more and more companies are letting go of their people and they are leaving only the essential employees that keep the company upfloat. If you can pinpoint what a company needs and be the one to fill that need, it will be easy for you to land a job. So find out what the industry by joining facebook groups or watching the news, then prepare yourself by aligning your skills to that industry.
  • Learn faster. Credentials and skills are primary reasons why an applicant is chosen for the job. Look at the job description of a job ad, see if your skills are matched with the qualifications and if its needed or not. You need to learn the skills, information and acquire the experience needed to be a good fit. It’s not enough to know what you need to learn, you need to get your hands dirty and learn the necessary things you need to get hired. You may think it will take a lot of time to do so but there will be more consequences by not learning at all. Experts say the key is to learn things faster is doing the task or applying the skills.
  • Be visible. You need to be seen to be noticed. Update your online resume and if you don’t have one yet, it’s time to create one. There are job portals where you can upload your resume or input your information so it will be easier for recruiters to find you. Photos are not necessary with your resume. The visibility that you need is to your resume, skills and job applications.
  • Practice interview. It’s important to prepare for any interview, so never leave this step unchecked even if you are already an experienced worker. You may have done everything necessary to get the job but if you are unable to work on what you need to say to the interviewer, all your efforts will be put in vain. The interview is important, it usually is the turning point of the job application because it’s an opportunity to articulate how good you are and illustrate what you can contribute to the company.

It’s not enough to be just good at something. Always strive to be the best or one of the best out there just to be noticed. It’s not the time to hold back but a time to explore what else you can do, what other things you can be or even become someone better. It’s time to reinvent yourself, develop your abilities and explore now avenues to be seen as someone who can help organizations. Be a proud jobseeker since you’re one of the pillars of our economy.

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