What to do when hiring slows down?

In this time of uncertainty, many HR and Career development specialists say that hiring will slow down over the next few months. However, it will not completely disappear!

In fact, many candidates will spontaneously slow down their search. Therefore continuing yours you can stand out from the crowd and position yourself favorably, just now not only but also when normal activity resumes.

Here are some recommendations on how to make the most of this transition period if you are a job seeker.

1. BE FLEXIBLE

In these uncertain times, employers may not want to take risks by employing someone on a permanent basis. For this reason, offering  your service on a non-permanent basis (contract, freelance, part-time) will give you a chance to show your skills. This way, you will get noticed before other candidates show up again  when the crisis stops and business resumes…

2. TAP INTO DIVERSE SOURCES FOR JOB SEARCH LEADS

One thing is for sure, the search is going to get harder as the number of offers go down. This is why, we must think “out of the box” and explore sources which will not spontaneously have thought of previously.

Here are some examples, where you could broaden your job search. Contact will have to be taken online, obviously…

– social media forums
– recruiter relationships
– former colleagues
– former clients
– former classmates
– professional associations members
– social and sport associations members
– personal network

3. RECONNECT WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Recommendations become even more important because your former bosses and colleagues know the quality of your work and your work ethic, which makes the decision to hire you less risky. When reconnecting on LinkedIn,  check if your profile is up to date and attractive enough (and ensure that your activity on social media could not taint your personal brand.

4. STAY REACTIVE

Remain in close contact with our hiring manager if you are already in a recruiting process. Answer rapidly to questions or inquiries, which shows your motivation and professionalism. Have for example ready a list of referrals as some employers check them before even interviewing you. In Switzerland, letter of recommendations and copy of diplomas should be at hand at any time.  Have work sample ready to share, if it makes sense with your activity and get prepared for an online interview.

5. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Your ability to remain calm and confident at a time when everyone is a little unsettled, can definitely differentiate yourself.
So keep your head up, persist and believe in yourself!

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