This article was highlights the issues contractors have looking for a job during Covid-19. This is from Moir Group (finance recruitment).
So what is it like for job seekers during this time and how do you stay motivated? What could you be doing differently to give yourself that edge and put yourself on the front-foot of your career?
We recently spoke to one of our regular Moir Group finance contractors, Shree about his experiences during this time and the tips he has for others in a similar situation. After recently finishing a 13-month contract, working as a Financial Accountant/Project Accountant for an industrial mining company, Shree found himself navigating unchartered territory as the coronavirus swept the globe.
Shree, you recently finished your second Moir Group contract position in February. What have you been up to since then and how is your job search going?
Since late February to now, I have been very active with my job search. I’ve been looking online for new opportunities and applying for jobs that match my skillset, contacting previous managers and colleagues through LinkedIn just in case they have any opportunities available, keeping in regular contact with recruitment agencies and up-to-date with what’s happening in the market.
I have also completed an online course: “Cost Accounting – A comprehensive guide for CA/ACCA/CMA” to refresh my existing finance knowledge and expand my skillset. I have also joined another online course called “Learn to code in Python 3-Programming Beginner to Advanced”.
What has been the biggest challenge for you during the COVID-19 crisis?
The biggest challenge has been trying to stay positive in this uncertain environment. There are so many companies suspending their business and laying off staff. When this happens, sometimes it can be a struggle to see where or when new opportunities might come.
What are you doing to stay motivated?
I keep telling myself that there are so many people out there dying due to COVID-19, but I am still healthy and fine. I have only lost a job, which is very insignificant compare to what others are going through. I have been doing yoga and meditation in the morning, along with going for runs during the day and going for bike rides occasionally to keep myself happy and healthy.
How are preparing for the “road out of COVID-19”?
To stay positive and believe in myself. I have been doing short online courses to up-skill my knowledge. I have also been preparing myself not to limit myself to doing just one type of job, but being open to many different kinds of opportunities, now and in the near future.