Looking for work at the moment can feel really tough. Soaring unemployment rates are increasing competition for available jobs. Some businesses are struggling and not hiring new employees, and some are closing their doors altogether.

If you are lucky enough to get a job interview, you will most likely have to sell yourself on a video conference call, where all the advantages of in-person social cues and communication fall away.

It is definitely a time for adapting and setting new goals. The good news is here at DM Recruitment we have put processes in place to make registering with us something you can do from home, and we are ALWAYS recruiting for our clients. It’s what we do!

Here are some ways to adapt your job hunt in 2021.

Tips for virtual job interviews

Start by setting the scene – make sure your background doesn’t take the interviewer’s attention away from you and that it is clean and as professional looking as possible.

Ideally sit at a desk or table rather than on the sofa, and make sure no family or housemates are going to walk into the back of shot!

You can avoid any tech issues by trying a test call with a family member before the interview so you can iron out any visual or audio problems.

Dress for a face-to-face interview – even your lower half – you never know if you’ll need to stand up! It will help you look professional but it will also put you in the right mindset.

Log in 10 minutes early so as soon as the employer logs on, you are there – you don’t want to keep them waiting.

Update your CV

A lot has changed about the way CV’s are read and processed today. If you have been using the same template for years, it might be time for an update.

No employer has time to read a 10-page CV crammed with text. Keep it concise, with plenty of white space on the sheet so it looks clear and well presented. It is best to keep your CV to no more than 2 pages.

Some companies use tracking systems on CVs, so make sure you are including all the right keywords. These will probably be the type of words you see on the job adverts you are interested in e.g. “driver’s license.”

If you have a long employment history, then don’t worry about going back further than the last 10-15 years. Keep the jobs listed relevant to what you are doing now if you need to cut it back.

Start your CV with a professional summary. In no more than four sentences let the world know why you are the best person for the job by describing your relevant skills and experience.

Why not try some temp work?

If you aren’t sure which direction you want to go in, temping allows you to try a range of roles in different settings to help you figure out exactly what it is you like, whilst building up transferable skills.

A temp contract lets you dip your toe in the water to see if a particular job role or industry suits your needs and experience. If it does work out, you have on-the-job experience and the confidence to take it further, and if not, you are free to try something else.

The beauty of temping is that you are in full control of when and where you work. If a long-term commitment isn’t your cup of tea, temping can give you the freedom to stick to short-term contracts. Of course there are long-term temp options too if you want to get some solid experience under your belt.

Our temps love the work life balance they get, and others love the ease of slotting in temp jobs between other commitments.

Sometimes it’s not just what you know, it’s who you know, and temping will give you a foot in the door that could lead to great references and more work. A staggering 70% of our temp roles lead to permanent positions!

Download the DM Recruitment app

With our app you can apply for all our latest jobs from the comfort of home!

It is easy to get started and the app is very straightforward to use.

Download the app…

  • From the app store for iPhones and iPads – from here
  • Or from Google Play for Android – from here

Finally, upload your documents and you are ready to start work.

Good luck in your 2021 job search!