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Yewande Jinadu: How to Stay Proactive As a Job Seeker During these Difficult Times

With the cancellation of major physical networking events, now is the time to leverage technology for networking. You need to be visible to be noticed (both online and offline). Pick a niche that you’re passionate about and show it to the world. Leverage on LinkedIn and other networking sites to build relevant relationships.

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With the recent rise of Coronavirus cases all over Nigeria, there are lots of people spreading fear and panic amongst Nigerians. People are talking about how COVID-19 would affect the economy, businesses, and so on, but job seekers have no idea how it affects them. Thanks to one of my mentors, Lara Yeku, who reached out to me about co-hosting a free webinar to enlighten young jobseekers about how it impacts them, I got a request to host the webinar and I’ve decided to share some of the things I discussed during the webinar.

Bad News

  • Lots of people may lose their jobs or be put on unpaid leave.
  • Fresh recruitment would be put on hold and candidates who have progressed in the interview process would experience delays.
  • Recruitment would be more competitive.

Good News

  • Remote working would be encouraged and people would have better work-life balance.
  • More remote opportunities would spring forth and people would make more money from home.

What You Should Do As a Jobseeker

Take advantage of remote job opportunities

Rather than stay at home waiting for a recruiter to give you a call – especially when the recruiter is probably dealing with how to keep the business stable at this tough time, do yourself a big favor by registering on websites that need remote workers like Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, etc.

Work on Building New and Relevant Skills During this Period

This should give you a rethink of the kind of skills you should acquire. Digital skills are in high demand. Some skills you should consider learning during this period include Blogging, Graphics Design, Software Development, Social Media Management, Virtual Assistant, etc.

Give your CV a boost by doing online courses

Rather than staying at home doing absolutely nothing than Netflixing and getting fat (no shade, haha), why don’t you consider how you can use this period to do an online course that would boost your CV. Schools have closed and education is now online, it would be wonderful to be smart and invest your time and money into relevant online courses.

Embrace New Career Paths

This isn’t the time to be rigid about what you know. This is a time to embrace something new that would lead you towards career fulfillment. If your desired field of interest isn’t working well for you, what other options can you consider? Start now!

Upskill

Think about it: what is that skill that is relevant in major industries at this point in time and how can you position yourself better? When you have that answer, please upskill and up your game. That’s the only way you will stay ahead and relevant.

Build a Digital Presence

With the cancellation of major physical networking events, now is the time to leverage technology for networking. You need to be visible to be noticed (both online and offline). Pick a niche that you’re passionate about and show it to the world. Leverage on LinkedIn and other networking sites to build relevant relationships.

Don’t give up

I know there are a lot of messages of doom flying everywhere and you may be tempted to slow down your job search or even put a halt to it by accepting your fate. It’s better to be more innovative about your search rather than give up entirely. It may be more difficult but some people would come out of it much better, so please keep searching and keep the hope alive.

I wish you the best on your career journey!

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria(careerlife.com.ng) and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD

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