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Job hunting can be stressful at most times and has now been made harder amid the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact this has had on the legal jobs market.
During these unprecedented times you will need to be proactive, job-hunting will be challenging. If you have lost your job or are concerned that you might it is important that you reassess and refine your job-hunting strategy. Here are some top tips to get you started.
Be open minded
Competition is fierce, you may need a Plan B whilst the market remains uncertain. Be flexible in your job search, widen your pool of potential jobs and consider looking outside of your preferred area. Conduct research to be able to identify those areas that continue to show growth. Temporary or contract work could be an effective short-term plan whilst looking for a permanent position.
Use this time to reflect, take advantage of the slowing job market to assess where you want to work and the type of role you are seeking.
Make time for your job search
Review your CV
Increased competition means that employers are seeing more applications, you should update your CV to ensure it demonstrates your strengths. Consider things that you have done during lockdown that you can include that will add to your skills and knowledge.
Remember the importance of tailoring your CV accordingly.
Keep in touch with past colleagues, it is important to keep abreast of developments in the profession, consider virtual coffees to assist with nurturing and growing your network. Your network can help to reveal opportunities and could possibly lead to personal referrals. The value of networking should not be underestimated, this could lead to employment, potential clients and business opportunities.
If you are feeling overwhelmed assistance is available.
Rita Oscar, The Law Society of England and Wales
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