Kuwait Times, Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 | Safar 30, 1442
Key to finding job in times of uncertainties: keep applying
People are losing their jobs during these extraordinary circumstances
that have shown everyone is dispensable. The once stable job is no longer
dependable, but people are optimistic and are trying their best to survive.
Gretel Trinidad, a human resource expert, says there is no harm in trying and
getting things done. “Experiment with something new – do not be afraid,” she
said. “Apply for a job related to services at hospitals and or food-related
businesses – these are the strongest sectors nowadays.”
Many economists are predicting a recession, but it is better to keep applying
and sending resumes to companies, even in times of uncertainties like the
present time. “Many companies have stopped hiring, but bear in mind that they
might always need one or two workers. If there’s no CV to be found on their
files, they will hire somebody else and you’ll miss the opportunity,” Trinidad
told Kuwait Times.
“So my advice is if you are planning to change your job or look for a new one,
send your CV to several companies, so the moment they need employees, you’ll be
just within reach. The immediate reaction of bosses when they need staff is to
hire those whose CVs are already filed. If they call you and you are qualified
for the position, you will be at a great advantage and will most likely be
hired. So do not stop sending your CV, and be ready to be called any time,”
The job market is very fickle. “My advice to employees is to keep your job and
do what is right for the company you are in today. Bear in mind that companies
nowadays are in a wait-and-watch mode. There is no job security – we may have a
job today, but tomorrow the company can tell us we are no longer required. So be
prepared for any eventuality,” she said.
Trinidad, who is a local recruiter in Kuwait for the past five years, said
people should try to maintain and build a good network online. “The trend now is
online. Whatever you do, it’s always good to be online. It may be a good to
start building a network, which will eventually help you in the event you are
terminated. You will not need to worry about being fired because you already
have a good fallback plan. Be prepared for a home-based job too as this will be
the name of the game in the coming years,” she said.
Trinidad said companies are searching for individuals who can help them get back
on track. “Companies are looking for someone who can help them grow. If you have
words in your CV that are not very encouraging, maybe you will not be hired. Do
not say ‘you need help’, rather how ‘you can help’ the company,” she explained.
According to Trinidad, it is also wise for applicants to know the health
protocols and precautionary measures being implemented by the government or
companies against COVID-19. “It is likely that the company owner or HR manager
will ask questions related to the pandemic, so be prepared to answer queries
about the virus. I advise jobseekers to read and stay informed,” she pointed
out. “You’ll be more competent if you boost your skills and knowhow – your
salary will depend on your abilities,” Trinidad concluded.