How to put your best foot forward when looking for a job during tough times

Recruitment in 2020 has become a very difficult task for both employers and job-seekers. With so many people losing their jobs due to covid-19, the markets are saturated with people desperately searching for work.

Here are a few ways in which you can put your best foot forward to finding the right job.

Apply for the job you want

By tailoring your CV to the spec of the job, you are able to highlight your best qualities that the specific job requires. If you are applying for an administrative-orientated position, highlight those capabilities instead of listing irrelevant competencies such as graphic design for example.

Don’t apply for every job you see advertised

Many recruiters are seeing people applying for each and every job they can find from specialised vacancies such as strategy for example to computer programming and reception work. By doing this, the applicant is diluting their talent and capabilities and makes the recruit sceptical about what their competencies really are. Stick to what you know.

Believe in yourself

Not every set-back means failure. Losing one’s job for whatever reason can leave you feeling rejected, demotivated and worthless. Understanding that you are great at what you do, taking the time to evaluate what you really want and then going out to get it is a massive step toward getting that job.

Be open to change

The way in which business is conducted today is quite literally not the same as it was just yesterday. By being adaptable and willing to go out of your comfort zone, you will find that you will learn a lot more, grow a lot faster and even pick up a few hidden talents you never knew you had.

Five ways to keep a calm mind while focusing on your studies

Many students have struggled to come to terms with the new-way of schooling and studying in general. Whether at school or completing tertiary education, the uncertainty can be extremely overwhelming and at times distracting as well.

Here are five ways in which you can clear your mind, put your head down and make sure that those goals you have set for yourself are attainable, no matter what.

  1. FIND A CLUTTER-FREE STUDY SPACE

Setting up a space to study where you have minimal noise (if possible) with as little clutter and distraction as possible will assist in helping you clear your mind and focus on the task at hand. If you can, separate your study-space from your resting-space, so as to train your mind to know when it’s time to get down to business and when it’s time to chill.

  1. TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA

By taking a break from social media whilst studying you are not only relieving yourself from checking up on your friends’ whereabouts but you also give yourself a break from the news. This means that your focus and priority can be on your studies for that period of time.

  1. PUT TOGETHER A STUDY SCHEDULE

Nothing calms one’s mind better than a to-do list and study schedule. By breaking up your day into digestible chunks of priorities you save yourself from being overwhelmed by the enormity of the task at hand. Giving yourself time to prepare, organise and think through your day means you will have time to also plan breaks without feeling guilty.

  1. PRACTICE SELF-CARE

You cannot function properly if you are fatigued and unhealthy. By practicing self-care, you are not only boosting your energy levels, powering up your brain cells and getting more hours into the day but you are also going to feel motivated and confident.  Make time to eat proper, regular meals. Avoid the caffeine-rush and rather drink lots of water. Instead of slouching on the couch, take a brisk walk or a run. And get enough sleep.

  1. REWARD YOURSELF

Good behaviour deserves to be rewarded. Once you have achieved your weekly or monthly study goals, reward yourself. These rewards could be indulging in your favourite treat, a day off to do absolutely nothing, a new item of clothing or even some extra time on Facebook. The rewards are totally up to you.

Here’s wishing you good luck, the future can’t wait to meet you!