Since the coronavirus outbreak, remote working has become the new norm, with the Office of National Statistics noting that almost 50% of employees were working from home in the UK. Globally, the virus has affected many occupations and highlighted how many office jobs can now be completed in remote settings. For those that are not used to working independently, there are many skills that can be developed through this new working environment, ones that can be showcased in job applications and in the interview process. With the economic impact of the Covid-19 being felt worldwide, here is how you can utilise remote working skills to your advantage in your job search.
As you are approaching the end of your studies or have already graduated, you have probably been thinking “What next?” Friends and family have likely asked what your plans are for your future and you may be sitting there thinking, “I really haven’t a clue”. If you have come to visit us here then you must have decided that you want to begin your career, so here are a few options open to you.
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." The next time you're on the way to a job interview, remember this quote.
An example of a parallel job to a primary job might be something like a “side gig” or a “side hustle”. But how are these viewed by a potential employer?
Careers have their ups and downs. Often this can be driven by changes in the macro market, but this is generally personal. Many of us rely on our identity from work. Work provides us with a sense of social interaction and productivity that we desperately need - and remote work may not give us that full requirement.
Everyone has been guilty of under or overusing bullet points and getting the balance right can be the difference between engaging the hiring manager in your accomplishments or having your CV swiftly left to one side. Remember, it’s your CV and you need to be comfortable with it and should ignore any advice you don't like.
Internships are a great way of getting appropriate, invaluable and best of all, paid work experience. But competition for places is very high usually, especially at larger, better-known companies. Internships can also be quite expensive for those who are having to move location in order to work in said role, and as you can expect to not be earning as much as a full-time employee, this can cause problems of its own.
It is important for any person to have a full comprehension of what our individual strengths and weaknesses are, as a person. Now of course, it’s easy to identify somethings with hindsight, or with helpful and constructive feedback from others, but what is far more difficult is trying to identify your strengths and weaknesses yourself.
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