Skills Jobseekers Can Learn While Locked Down To Make Them More Employable

Derrick Omollo | 22nd April 2020

Productivity
Skills Jobseekers Can Learn While Locked Down To Make Them More Employable

Skills Jobseekers Can Learn While Locked Down To Make Them More Employable

Derrick Omollo | 22nd April 2020

Productivity

The spread of the novel coronavirus and it’s consequent effects have no doubt complicated your job search. With forced locked downs and stay-at-home orders, it is inevitable that you will be confined in your house most of the day. A significant number of enterprises have also scaled down business operations or closed down completely leaving you with a limited number of employers to hire you. That doesn’t mean though, the end of the world and chances are (like in past pandemics) that COVID-19 may come to pass and things will get back to normal. When that day comes (and how we pray it does), many may find themselves a little bit rusty as far as basic skills are concerned. You may even discover yourself to have lost track of your handwriting! So to say due to lots of time spe...


The spread of the novel coronavirus and it’s consequent effects have no doubt complicated your job search. With forced locked downs and stay-at-home orders, it is inevitable that you will be confined in your house most of the day. A significant number of enterprises have also scaled down business operations or closed down completely leaving you with a limited number of employers to hire you.

That doesn’t mean though, the end of the world and chances are (like in past pandemics) that COVID-19 may come to pass and things will get back to normal. When that day comes (and how we pray it does), many may find themselves a little bit rusty as far as basic skills are concerned. You may even discover yourself to have lost track of your handwriting! So to say due to lots of time spent away from reading and writing material. The one question you need ask yourself is “what will I have to show for myself once this is over?” Will it be your increased body weight from time-out eating and avoiding physical activities? Or will it be the new language you learned online while locked down?

There are a significant number of activities to choose from that you could engage in to better your employability. In this edition of our Information Series, I will highlight engagements you could immerse yourself in and get tangible results in the end; whether it’s learning a new language or adding another certificate to your resume.

 

 

Join Webinars 

 Webinars have proven to be excellent resources for learning new career skills from the comfort of your own home and pretty much anywhere in the world! Apart from a steady internet connection, all you need is your laptop or phone and you are ready to learn. As long as there is no one by your side to distract you, webinars can be an extremely effective way of learning. Plus, since they are usually led by inspirational speakers and thought-leaders, webinars also offer you the opportunity to ask questions directly to the experts, gaining valuable insight and knowledge that you can apply to your own career or job search.

Here at Emploi, we shall be hosting a CV Writing Masterclass to discuss and share what will be the new normal in job applications post-Covid-19, and to fast track your entry or re-entry into the job marketplace. It is FREE and online. Sign up here and book your place now!!

Start an Online Course

You now have the time to start learning new career skills by completing free courses online with COVID-19 keeping you at home,. With so much uncertainty in the world, perhaps now is the time to start learning a completely new skill that could benefit your career and of course, give your CV that boost. Not to mention, with so many companies giving away discounts and freebies to help you get through this period of quarantine, there’s never been a better time!

If you’re not entirely sure which skills to focus on first, start with the skills that you’re lacking or something you have thought about learning before. You may not have this much time on your hands for a long while, so make the most of it while you can! 

Attend Virtual Events

With the ability to attend the events from wherever you may be in the world and the fun and engaging style of learning - what's not to love! Of course, there are different styles of events from different companies all over the globe; some content-based and others with the purpose of networking. If you are attending a virtual event to build your professional network, make sure that you tidy up your social media beforehand and promote your attendance through hashtags and other marketing material. You can also have a look through the list of attendees to familiarize yourself with who you will be speaking to and prepare any questions that you may have to them directly.

Learn a new language online

By learning a language, you can give your CV a significant boost and stand out against other candidates. As they say, there's no time like the present (literally) so it's time to start! Depending on your native language, some languages will be easier to learn than others, but regardless of how easy or difficult it will be, the thing that matters the most is how much it will benefit your future career. Languages such as German, Spanish, Dutch and others, are extremely valuable when it comes to looking for a job. There are lots of different language learning apps and platforms that offer different learning styles and techniques so have a look today and see what you can find to suit your learning style and your schedule. 

Closing off . . .

This period of lockdown is by far the best time to update your resume and learn new career skills that will benefit your career. The things that you learn at home now, will help you become better at what you do and to come out of quarantine as a new and improved professional! When we are finally allowed to go back to our normal lives, you’ll be able to show off these new skills for a promotion, a raise or even a career change. If you are looking for a job right now, there are lots of remote jobs worth applying for too! So - do your best to be proactive and to make the most out of this tough time for your career and your personal development. 


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