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Job hunting in the midst of a pandemic

Job hunting in the midst of a pandemic

Hello everyone! Welcome back to a new post and before anything else I hope all of you had an amazing Christmas, and I wish you a very happy new year!

This week I want to talk a bit about job hunting and give you some tips on how to find a job in this economy. As you all know Covid-19 has not only affected the way we live our lives, but has also limited job opportunities, and now with a new lockdown and a lot of people on furlough (and people that were made redundant), finding a job is now harder than ever! That’s why you need to bring every single thing you’ve got to the table and stand out. And remember – even if you don’t find your dream job straight away, don’t lose hope and keep pushing.

To start off, I recommend you tailor your CV for every specific job you apply for. I know this may seem long and a waste of time, but the truth is nowadays it is extremely important to stand out from other applicants and making sure you tick every single box from that job application will get you one step closer to that interview you’ve been waiting for.

If you don‘t know how to produce a good CV, try to look up some templates and ideas on Google and watch some YouTube videos. hired@UCB would also be helpful since there’s a dedicated team there to ensure you succeed in every step of your application from your CV to your interview. A good tip I can personally give is make sure you make a list of all your skills before writing it, and include in your CV the skills that most closely match the job description.

If you have time, try to write a good cover letter as well (I never do, but do what I say, not what I do hahah) and introduce yourself, say why you want to work for the company, what differentiates you from others, and write a nice final paragraph to conclude your cover letter. The key here is to SELL YOURSELF! Show them what you’ve got!

Now you have finally received the call for that interview you have anxiously been waiting for… what’s next? What I always do is research and research and more research about the company. You want to show the recruiter you know what you’re coming there for and have a good understanding of what the company is and its core values (and please make sure you choose a company that matches your own personal values as well).

Try to relax, be yourself, be kind and answer all of the questions asked. If your interview includes behavioural work questions, try to think beforehand of some previous work/school situations that ended with a good outcome, and try to follow the STAR technique! It will help you answer these type of questions :). And before I forget, dress something nice and appropriate depending on the style of the company of course.

I wish all of you the best of luck in your job searches and remember: be kind to yourself and check up on your friends this lockdown.

Alex xx

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