The pandemic of COVID-19 will have a major impact on employment rates all over the world. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), it is estimated that coronavirus is likely to threaten globally more than 25 million jobs. This roughly equates that four out of five people (81%) in the global workforce of 3.3 billion are currently affected by full or partial workplace closure. The ILO in its report ‘ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work’, even describes COVID-19 as ‘worst global crisis since World War II’.
Quite naturally India has not been able to shield away from this predicament as well. According to a report by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE),only a little over one-fourth (27.7%) of the total working age population (15-59 years) of 1003 million, i.e. 285 million people were working in the week after the lockdown. Now to give you context, the last figure before the lockdown of working people was 404 million.
This shows that within the two-week period of lockdown, 119 million workers have lost their jobs. If we assume half of those who have lost their jobs are main or single earning family member of an average of 5-member family size (as per census 2011) households, around one-third (60 million households or 300 million people) of India’s people or households, could be facing a severe livelihood crisis and around 227 million households are in despair.
Now if you also have found yourself on the wrong side or you are a fresher graduated this year and looking for a job, you might be feeling a sense of hopelessness and uncertainty about your future, as well as the well being of your family. But you must also remember that you are not alone in this mess as the storm that hit you has also affected others though in varying degrees. Hence, you must keep working on yourself and try to resolve your problems by-
Working on your skill sets:
The lockdown period provides you an excellent opportunity to work on your skills. You must always possess the skill of learning how to learn. Skills that are relevant to your niche and can increase your value for a particular organisation are the ones you must try and learn in this lockdown period. Get familiar with all the new technical upgrades in your field and build a better hold upon them.
Also remember in most cases, Soft skills matter more than hard skills, as soft skills like work ethic, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and a whole host of personal attributes crucial for career success, are more harder to teach as well as to acquire than the technical skills. Though you are mostly hired on the basis of your technical prowess, you won’t be able to climb up the ladder and miss out on various occasions to rise without your soft skill attributes.
Building a social presence:
Social media can be a very useful tool if you know how to use them. You can find a ton of jobs listed in LinkedIn every day. Try and build a network relevant to your field of skill and interest and keep looking for jobs and recommendations. Interestingly 3 out of 4 hiring managers and recruiters check the candidates’ social profile before hiring while 1 of 3 employers reject candidates based on something they found on their social profile. Also 29% of job seekers use social media as the primary tool for job searching. Hence, your social media handles can prove to be decisive specially now, as more and more interviews as well as jobs are shifting to online grounds.
Also not to forget, following a company’s social media channels can be a great way to understand the company culture and see how it communicates with customers. It can help you to research the organisation you are interested in while completing job applications. Social media can also help you keep up-to-date with industry developments as you can be well informed with all the upgrades in your field of interest.
Register yourself on Job Portals:
Job portals can be an excellent option to land a job as they provide you a direct link to the recruiters. They act as a bridge between the job seekers and job recruiters and also provide many opportunities to work on your strengths and weaknesses. For eg: a relatively new portal, “Job Vacancy Result” believes in adding value to the profiles of the applicants as well to assist them gain the best opportunities out there. JVR’s uniqueness is the filtration of White-Collar and Blue-Collar applicants as well as jobs which is not done by most of the other contemporaries. JVR also has an unique way to evaluate the market worth of the candidates as they not only screen the candidate’s resumes to the correct stakeholders but also adds a multidimensional layer to the complete process of job-seeking and job-hiring.This aids the hiring process as candidates knowing their current skill-set can work on upgrading them or finding correct and relevant job profiles thereby getting them one-step closer to getting their dream job.