How to continue your career progression amid or post COVID-19

Posted on May 25, 2020 by HOME Recruitment

Feeling like your career progression has frozen amid COVID-19?

COVID-19 has frozen life for many and this may have affected the career progression of most in its midst. Many are facing unemployment prospects or even have felt the effect through holds on promotions and job offers. However, even though the job market is a moving target with some industries booming with others less so, it does not mean you cannot work on your career progression preparing for when things begin to move forward once again.

Your career progression checklist to ensure you are moving even amid COVID-19

So, what can you do to move forward in your career progression even when frozen amid COVID-19? See your career checklists below:

Searching for new employment?

  • LinkedIn – update your profile, request endorsements from colleagues and continue to be active. Connections are the way forward to keep building your networks; so stay connected and don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations
  • CV, Cover Letter and Portfolio – never really zoned in on your CV? Spend the time now to create the perfect CV that reflects all aspects of your working life, plus the cover letter and even portfolio. Check, check and check again, if you received this CV would you buy what it’s selling? Have more than one CV, and adapt it to the role you are targeting in the future
  • Talk and meet with a reputable recruitment company who wants to understand your motivators and help you – register today to ensure you are ready for when hiring starts again, simply email your CV to HelloNZ@homerecruitment.co.nz
  • Self-improvement – use your spare time to do online courses, read blogs or listen to podcasts that will benefit your career development while you have the time
  • Prepare for interviews – spend time thinking about the attributes and qualities you possess and the specific examples you can give that demonstrate you have them ready for your next dream role interview. It is extremely important to practice questions with friends especially since our human interaction has been limited, get yourself used to this social aspect again
  • Research your dream job – is there a company you’ve always wanted to work for? Now is the time to research them and know what their company values are and then reach out with a personal note
  •   Learn about you - what other jobs are going to be best suited to your personality? There are many free websites offering personality questionnaires such as www.16personalities.com which can offer career options and insights

Still after that promotion?

  • Show your potential - times are tough but if you can take the opportunity to express your character, stand out and show your employer that you can be relied upon in a difficult time
  • CV, Cover Letter and Portfolio – never really zoned in on your CV? Spend the time now to create the perfect CV, cover letter and even portfolio. Check, check and check again, if you received this CV do you think you would buy what it’s selling? Not focusing on a great CV is immediately cutting yourself short
  • Opportunities within the business – hiring has been frozen in many companies, however there is the potential for hiring to happen within the company. Ask if there are any opportunities arising in your company that you could be considered for
  • Keep on top of your workload – keep up with your work and keep up communication to show you are capable in your current role even in difficult times
  • Self-improvement – use your spare time to do online courses, read blogs or listen to podcasts that will benefit your career development while you have the time

Wellbeing a major player in career progression

We understand the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the difficulty of keeping motivated during the potential lack of opportunities on the horizon. This is why we count wellbeing at this time as a major player in career progression. Ensure you take care of your mental wellbeing to ensure you stay at the top of your game and motivated for when that opportunity does arise. Take a look at our blog ‘Wellbeing during change and your new daily routine’ and remember it is okay not to be okay.

We are still here to help with your career

A key difference about HOME Recruitment has always been that we care about our candidates, we know some of what you are experiencing as we have experienced it too. We are happy to talk with you about the current job market and what you can be doing to prepare yourself as the market begins to gain momentum. Call +64 9 930 9433 or email us at HelloNZ@homerecruitment.co.nz today.

Take care, stay safe and speak soon!

The HOME Recruitment Team