A Guide to Getting Hired in the “New Normal”

Finding a job is not easy, especially during the aftermath of a pandemic that has resulted in a great credit crunch, where, many companies haven’t been able to cope. Curfews, lockdowns, and other stringent measures to limit the masses mean no customers, no business, and no jobs. When the market leaders and those companies that stood the test of time struggle to get to grips, there’s not even half a chance for the little companies that live on the edge to survive a hit like this, unless of course, it manufactures masks, surgical gloves, sanitizers, and medicine to curb the spread.

So how do you find a job?

Gone are the days when the HR department browsed through your CV to find your strengths and weaknesses. Now some bots have been programmed to run through your CV, so your CV needs to impress the data crunching bot that is literally scanning for keywords. “For the best chance of moving forward and getting your resume in front of a human, use wording from the job description in your resume – without making it a carbon copy of the job requirements” is a piece of advice given by Arran James Stewart, the co-founder and CVO of recruitment platform Job.com, “Monster, Indeed, ZipRecruiter and other Job boards.

Get those strained relationships going again. It may be the boss who furloughed you, your ex’s husband or wife, rich uncle who owns a company or any other person who you think could be an eligible party would be a plus point. There is every chance that people with high profiles might remember you when having high tea with other people of their calibre and would recommend you. If you’ve had a good rapport then you are guilt-free but if at all you have had a hard time, then beg your pardon, settle things, and come to good terms because recommendations and word of mouth may land you a job.

Once you are through the preliminary process of selection, interviews will be the next big hurdles that you would encounter. The nature of the interview would be online more often than not, this opens up new challenges. From where you place your camera, how you respond to how you look matters. The first mistake we make in a zoom, facetime or Skype call is that we look at the person on screen, but experts say it is always good to look into the camera and address it. That way the eye contact is not lost and the conversation becomes more meaningful.

Choosing a place that’s is not too dark or too glary is important as the viewer on the other side might experience blurred images or too bright images.

Dress professionally just as you would face the interviewer in person as others who have been dressed to kill the top half only, have learnt their lesson the hard way. Smile often just to keep that vibe and to eliminate the element of nervousness. If you think you might get stuck when the interviewer questions the dark area, get your hints on a piece of paper, and stick on the screen, it’s fair game, some say, but it is up to you.  Finally, practice makes perfect, so the more you practice the better you’d fair.

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