It’s hard to know how long the current situation will last and what the impact on hiring will be in the immediate future. Some industries will obviously be more affected than others.
Whilst recruitment may slow down initially, employers are still hiring for business-critical roles, so your search does not have to come to a standstill. The downcycle will also inevitably come to an end, and companies will need to rebound and hire staff to fill open positions.
That means it’s important to continue with your job search activities right now. Make sure to stay engaged with your network. You want to continue to communicate your strengths and goals so that you remain in front of mind as job opportunities open up.
Here are five ways on how to keep your job search going:
1. Sign up for job alerts
Sign up for job alerts so you are aware of new job vacancies as they are posted by employers and recruiters. The slowdown will not affect all industries, and some positions will still need to be filled immediately as well as down the road.
2. Update your network profiles and CV/resume
Take this opportunity to create or update your professional profiles that highlight your skills and experience so that employers can find you easily. Review and refresh your CV/resume with our guide. Add new positions, update previous roles and include any new certifications.
3. Pursue distance learning opportunities
Increase your marketability by investing in online CPE and CPD courses. Now is a great time to learn a new skill or develop advanced knowledge in your accounting and finance area.
Visit the AICPA Store and CGMA Store for learning resources that match your career goals.
4. Master your interview techniques
Use this time to master advanced interview techniques, which can be adopted to significantly improve the likelihood of receiving a job offer. Start by listing out your career achievements and mapping them against your skillset, to form great evidence-based answers. For more tips and guidance, access our Interview Coaching guide
5. Prepare for online interviews Expect more interviewing to take place via video conference. Make sure you have a workspace background that is clean and uncluttered with appropriate lighting. Record yourself practicing so that you can find the right camera height and angle. Positioning your camera too low can create an imposing impression, while too close can seem overly intrusive. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.
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