Just within a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically transformed the world as we know it. As many governments implemented lockdown measures in place, businesses that couldn’t adapt to the virtual space were forced to close down. As a result, unemployment grew to unprecedented levels, where over 1 million Australians went out of work and even more in the US.
As we’re beginning to transition back to our daily routine, there are certain skills job applicants need to thrive in this transformed landscape. That’s why we’re going to explore savvy ways to get job-ready after this pandemic.
Adaptability & Flexibility
This trait has always been appreciated by employers and will continue to do so in the future. The digital world of today is very dynamic – businesses that are here today will fade out if they fail to keep up to the changes of these times. As a result, things like ‘lifetime jobs’ are bound to reduce. Job applicants/employees can remain ahead of the game by remaining adaptable and flexible to remain relevant in this rapidly changing landscape.
Develop Tech Skills
If there’s one thing this period has highlighted, it’s how virtual spaces are important – and will be important in the world of the future. To remain in business, many companies had to hold virtual meetings, collaborate online – and do everything else online. It takes a certain amount of tech-savviness to be able to function effectively in the digital world.
Companies are trying to become more resilient to future outbreaks and disruptions. So, even technologies like Artificial Intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, robotics, and more will be at the core of businesses. That’s why job applicants/employees have to develop their technical skills so they can be comfortable working with these technologies.
During times of crisis, only strong leaders can drive their teams towards success. What it means to lead is also to be dynamic. During the lockdown period, it meant the ability of a leader to inspire and bring out the best from their followers even with no physical contact. Work-from-home will likely be a big thing after this pandemic, so being able to display sophisticated and adaptable leadership skills will be a great plus for any person.
Background Checks – An Insurance Policy
Before applicants head on to submit their resumes after the pandemic, it’s important to develop these skills that we’ve examined. However, realize that the employment landscape after this period will be widely fierce.
Just as always, employers are keen on bringing in people that have the technical expertise, and qualifications that will enable them to thrive in the role. Moreover, their responsibility is to maintain workplace safety, so they aim to bring in well-behaved individuals. To help with that, background checks play an important role.
Examples of background checks that are commonly run by employers include a criminal history check or a right to work check which checks the applicant’s visa details and work rights in a particular country. In Australia, the right to work check is referred to as a vevo check and is run by the Department of Home Affairs.
For job applicants, running a background check on themselves can be extremely helpful. First, police checks give them time to correct any misinformation associated with their record. Second, even if an applicant has been involved in a disreputable crime, a criminal history check can help them better prepare an effective explanation for potential employers.
Employers after the pandemic will be looking to fill job roles with individuals that are adaptable, well-behaved, good communicators, and effective leaders. By developing all of these skills, applicants can be job-ready.