Wondering what to do while you’re stuck at home during the lockdown?
Whether you're a jobseeker, are working from home, or are just plain bored!
We’ve put together a list of things you can do to stay productive while you stay home.
Tips for Jobseekers:
This is the perfect time for you to be proactive and get yourself ‘work-ready’ so that you can be ready to score your ideal job!
Here are some of the things you can do to make the most of our downtime during the lockdown to increase your job prospects and stand out to potential employers.
1) Update your CV
Have you been meaning to update your CV but never had the time? Take this opportunity to update or revamp your CV so that yours stand out from the rest.
If you are unsure how to create your own, or need some tips on what to include and what to leave out, there are plenty of online guides on CV writing to help you. Careers NZ has some great information on job hunting including CV writing and a CV builder to help you create your own CV, and how to ace that interview! Visit the Careers NZ website to learn more about job hunting, CV writing and more.
CV templates are also a great option to help you put together your own CV. There are many free and paid online templates such as this - Click here to download Free CV Templates.
2) Upskill on Word, Excel and Typing
Take this opportunity to upskill in areas where you may need improvement through a range of online courses.
Many employers have recruitment processes that require candidates to complete certain skills assessments so they can assess your skills in areas required for you to perform the job well. While these tests are indicative only, your scores can influence whether it is you that gets the job or whether someone else does.
At Direction Recruitment, part of our process requires our candidates to complete our standard skills assessments in Word, Excel and Typing.
If you are one of our candidates, we challenge you to take this time to practice your skills in these areas, then take our skills test to see how you’ve improved. Just let us know if you would like us to send/resend your skills assessments to you by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Take an Online Course
Take an online course and gain valuable skills which you can use in the workforce to stand out to prospective employers.
The Career Academy offers a range of accredited online courses for you to learn or upskill in a variety of essential business skills. They offer flexible courses in areas including Accounting, Bookkeeping, Administration, Business and Xero and MYOB. Visit the Career Academy website to learn more about their online courses.
4) Create a Jobseeker Profile
Jobseeker profiles, or professional digital profiles, are a useful job hunting tool through which you can highlight your skills and experiences and stand out to potential employers. They also help you to keep updated with new job alerts and allow you to connect to businesses and other professional groups in the workforce.
Many businesses are now using LinkedIn, Trade Me and Seek profiles as a way to head hunt and find new employees, and are also used an online CV to see whether have the required skills and experiences they are looking for.
Create your jobseeker profile to boost your job hunt and stand out to employers.
LinkedIn - Click here to create a LinkedIn profile
Trade Me Profile - Click here to create a Trade Me profile
Seek Profile - Click here to create a Seek profile
5) Develop a Career or Professional/Personal Development Plan
Many jobseekers come to us not knowing what they want to do or where they want to go in their career. Take this opportunity to sit down and develop a career plan to guide you in your job search and help you reach your potential.
Developing a career plan is a useful tool to identify where you are at, where you want to go, and how you are going to get there. Knowing where you want to go will help you in your job search when applying for new roles you will know where your skills will be best utilised and what roles you should be looking for.
There is some great information on career planning on the Careers NZ website create a long-term career plan and motivate you to achieve your goals. Visit the Careers NZ website to learn more about planning your career.
Tips for Working from Home:
It can be tough to stay focused when working from home, especially when working under lockdown conditions.
Here are some top tips on how to stay motivated and maintain productivity whilst working from home over the next few weeks.
Create a morning and afternoon routine that gets you ready for work each morning and allows you to disconnect from work at the end of each day
Maintain regular hours and stick to a regular schedule
Set up a work station that will be used only as your office
Schedule regular rest breaks to allow yourself to stand up, move around, and take time away from your computer screen
Be active and get fresh air throughout the day; perhaps take a walk during your lunch break
Take up any training opportunities and/or use your free time to upskill
Stay connected with workmates, friends and family
Don’t hesitate to ask your Manager if you need anything or have any questions
And whether you’re a jobseeker or are working from home...
Here are some things your can do to keep yourself busy (and sane) while we are all in lockdown.
Read that book you’ve always wanted to read
Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby
Join the baking/cooking craze and try out that new recipe. If you can find any flour, that is…
Be active! Start a self-isolation workout challenge or daily workout routine
Clean the house… again… spring cleaning in autumn anyone?
And when you’ve done all of that…
We hope this helps you stay positive, motivated and safe while we all stay at home for the next few weeks.
A positive attitude + motivation = success !