The Brave Art Of Job Hunting During Lockdown. PART 1

Job Hunting

You may have already been job hunting before lockdown, or you are now looking for a new job. Coping with a job change through a pandemic has never been done before, and you’re not alone.

Businesses are changing, how do you prepare for the long term when the short term is unpredictable?

Over the next month, MZN Consultancy expert coach Moiz Nurbhai will be imparting his extensive knowledge in how to manage this transformation and create energetic action plans along with practical tips to help you move forward.

Part 1


  • Your Tantalising Talents
  • Move to an Exciting New Industry?
  • Short Term Planning for Long Term Gain
  • Create an Energetic Action Plan

Your Tantalising Talents

You have a remarkable range of talents. If you’re struggling to discover what these are, here are a couple of suggestions to begin to stoke the fire.

  • Create a mind map
  • Talk to friends and colleagues
  • look at your previous job description
  • Include what you are outstanding at outside of work

Split your talents into three.

  1. Strengths: Predominantly, are personality traits. These are long established abilities you have grown up with. Clearly understating these can help find your perfect job. Some common words typically used are empathic, conflict resolution, responsibility and strategic. You will find employers sometimes reluctant to take people on if they are omitting significant segments of these. Ensure you bellow about these strengths within your CV under experiences.
  1. Skills: These are expertise. Common words used are a computer programmer, agile at learning new skills, specialist in Microsoft Office and brilliant web designer. Most employers will be flexible in this area as skills are easily coached and learnt on the job. Keep an eagle eye on desirable and required skills within job descriptions and ensure you emphasise these skills you have when you apply.
  1. Knowledge and Education: What you have attained. Technical knowledge required in a job. Examples are mathematics, a formal education certificate / degree or foreign language. Many can be learnt on the job (apprenticeships), while others, like a doctor, are first learnt in a classroom and then on the job experience.
Mind Map

Move to an Exciting New Industry?

Businesses are changing with many having to adapt rapidly. When life gets back to a sense of normality, we may discover many businesses unable to re-open and other look very different. This time of rapid change may be a thrilling opportunity for you to diversify and consider jobs in other industries.

vertical thinking
think laterally

This will need you to move away from vertical thinking, jobs only in the industry you have worked in, to think laterally. Look at other industries that you are interested in. Reach out to people you may know and talk to them about what it is like. You may have to think about taking a position that is not your ideal, just to have an income. With the current crisis, many recruiters know this and understand professionals are seeking short-term employment until the country gets back on its feet.

The mind workout you have completed on your talents will produce an awesome idea of where your strengths and skills are. You can now map these to the roles which are available in the industries you are interested in. Strengths and Skills are transferable regardless of the industry. Remember when changing your CV or applying through an application form adopt their language, many large organisations use computer filters to take out applicant’s CV, which don’t match their requirements in their role description.

Don’t be put off short term work like a delivery driver, working within the food industry or a call centre, all valuable jobs, and we have observed an increase in need in these industries. Therefore, if this is not where you want to be, then capitalise on it as a stepping stone and focus on the long term.

Short Term Planning for Long-Term Gain

You might find taking on a job which is not your long-term goal gives you more time and space to learn something new. This may allow you to get into an industry which needs specific hard skills like teaching or nursing. Why not investigate open university or contact your local college. There are plenty of part time courses, therefore you can continue to work and study for a long-term gain.

There are no shortcuts.

Only hard work.

Train hard and be patient.

It will pay off.

If this is not the desired direction, you want to go in, then, look at the short-term role as additional time to pursue your perfect job.

The Brave Art Of Job Hunting During Lockdown. PART 1 1

Make an energising action plan. Be excited to move forward. Be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time scale)

What is your ultimate goal? Break these down into manageable actions. Each Specific action should have a detailed step you need to take.

You should be able to Measure this, so you know when you have completed it.

Make sure what you set is Achievable, starting a course on computer programming which you want to finish in a few weeks may be undoable in the time scale you set.

Is your action Relevant to what your overall goal is? State why this is, as it will keep you on track.

Lastly, when will you accomplish this action? Have a Time Scale and share it, the more people you tell the higher the likelihood of you sticking to it and completing it. Your list of actions will create the path to reach your overall goal.

The Brave Art Of Job Hunting During Lockdown. PART 1 2
The Brave Art Of Job Hunting During Lockdown. PART 1 3

Part 2 will be out soon, why not get in touch and let me know how you are getting on.

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