What you need to know about starting a job during a pandemic

Posting date: 24 November 2020

Even in normal circumstances, starting a new job can be a daunting experience. It’s a learning curve that requires patience, adaptability, and social awareness. However, beginning a new role during a pandemic is even more challenging, as you’ll be navigating a huge change while working remotely. Professionals across all industries need to be prepared for the unexpected, as well as the onboarding process and meeting colleagues virtually.

 

The pandemic has proven to be a stressful time for many businesses, so it’s important anyone starting a new role can manage their own time and work efficiently. Despite the pandemic, many companies across Switzerland and further afield are still hiring. Looking ahead, the Swiss labour market is on the road to recovery after a sharp decline when COVID-19 initially broke out – which is good news if you’re looking to progress your career and land your next role. Here’s how to ensure you make an excellent start to your new role during a difficult time.

 

Communication is key

Communication is the backbone of any business. It’s essential for achieving productivity and maintaining good relationships. However, starting a job in a pandemic means that consistent and quality communication is all the more important. Since you’ll most likely be learning your new role virtually, you must understand the preferred method of communication. Whether your company uses Microsoft Teams, Slack, or Zoom, you’ll need to ensure open lines of communication at all times while you learn the basics of your new role. COVID-19 has forced many businesses to change the way they work, with employees now expected to be more autonomous and flexible. When you’re virtual, you’ll need to make a conscious effort to connect with your co-workers and build relationships across the business. The pandemic has pushed us to embrace remote work and communication is fundamental for success.

 

Embrace the culture

Businesses of all sizes have been forced to adapt their operations during the pandemic, and this includes workplace culture. Now more than ever, employers will want new hires to quickly learn the culture and align themselves with the company’s mission. In the COVID era of remote working, navigating company culture can be difficult due to the lack of in-person conversations. However, it’s important to recognise that culture isn’t bound to a location. Culture is all about how you connect with your co-workers. That’s why during the onboarding process, you will need to listen actively and engage thoroughly during remote calls. Since you likely won’t be in the office often, it can be harder to present yourself as a team player. But with the right transferrable skills and emotional intelligence, you’ll be able to enter a new role and build great relationships from day one.

 

Organisation must be a priority 

Even in regular circumstances, time management is critical for productivity. But with the pandemic disrupting schedules, the ability to keep organised and track your progress couldn’t be more important. This means that when starting a new role you need to first understand what’s expected of you and make a plan that includes key dates and deadlines, with digital tools to help you stay on task. Because everything has changed so much in the COVID world, you will have to be more proactive and willing to share ideas with more experienced members of your team. As the situation evolves, you’ll need to organise your time accordingly and work in a way that gives you the flexibility to prepare for challenging situations. Starting a new job is never easy – but staying organised can make the transition that much easier.

 

Get in touch with our team of recruitment specialists

There’s no question that starting a job in a pandemic is a real challenge for anyone. With the right leadership, co-workers, and tools at your disposal, you can thrive in an unprecedented time. The team here at Swisslinx is dedicated to providing quality career advice to help with your job search. We keep up with the latest trends in recruitment markets, from financial to digital and technology. Contact us to speak with a team member or start your job search now.


In a post-pandemic world, which jobs will continue to thrive?

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and corporations has been dramatic, to say the least. Countries around the world have been forced to grapple with enormous change and adjust to the new normal of remote working, and the increasing use of digital technology. As we move into the post-pandemic world, professionals will have to be more self-reliant and flexible – and seek out the most in-demand roles to future proof their careers. Before the outbreak, the job market was still highly competitive and ever-evolving, but with the pandemic disrupting the landscape, certain roles will grow faster than others. Therefore, it’s time to take a look at the jobs with the highest demand, to help talent leaders and candidates make better decisions post-pandemic.   Cybersecurity roles   Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand roles in technology. Over the years, cybersecurity job postings have increased dramatically and with the pandemic forcing many companies to adopt a remote working culture, this has posed new security challenges. Research has shown that the number of cyber-attacks in Switzerland during the height of the pandemic was up three times more than normal. Since there are more people now working from home, there’s more data available in the cloud, which means many companies are more vulnerable to attacks. In early 2021, many security bodies in Switzerland were targeted by malicious email that appeared to come from trusted organisations, like the police and banks, further exemplifying that cybersecurity risks have become a huge problem. Therefore, cybersecurity experts will be hugely in-demand and these professionals can look forward to many opportunities in the field.   Data analysts and scientists    Research has shown that by 2025, 97 million new roles will emerge, most of which will be driven by automation and data. In a post-pandemic world, there’s no doubt that businesses will continue to rely on advanced technology to understand the origin of different data sets. This means that data analysts will be highly sought after over the next few years. With more people working remotely and with more technology-based roles on the horizon, the amount of data generated is only going to increase. All of this data needs to be managed and analysed to understand correlations, and to draw meaningful conclusions. Big data is everywhere now and the pandemic has accelerated this shift toward machine learning and smart communication.   Software developers   It’s no secret that Switzerland’s technology scene has become one of the most advanced in Europe, with Zurich standing up as a powerhouse for the country’s digital technology. There’s a great demand for software developers with growing numbers in Switzerland, and research has shown that there was over 155,700 registered software developers in 2019, a figure which has likely grown since. Companies will increasingly need software developers to build the digital infrastructure for their projects in the post-pandemic world. Also, artificial intelligence investment increased during the pandemic, with more companies implementing AI into their products and processes. This means that businesses will need developers with AI skills and experience. And with more people spending time online, the role of developers has become even more crucial for a wide range of businesses.   Why not contact our friendly team of recruitment specialists?   There’s a wide variety of roles set to thrive in the post-pandemic world, but what remains clear is that these jobs will be digital and technology-focused. At Swisslinx, we’re committed to keeping pace with all the changes within the digital and technology markets. Our team of recruitment specialists have years’ of experience in recruiting top candidates, and we’ve built excellent relationships as a result. Whether you’re looking to recruit or are seeking new roles in Switzerland, contact us today to speak to a member of the team. We’re always happy to help. <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]-->

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Personal branding is everywhere in today’s digital age. With the rise of influencers on social media platforms, personal branding has become an industry in itself – and it’s now a vital part of an employee’s journey as they build their career. The concept of the personal brand is well established in the business world. A personal brand lays the foundation for success in the future, so it’s important to start building your public persona early.   Since there’s now so much competition in this changing workplace landscape, it’s never been more important to build a strong personal brand that enables you to stand out uniquely from other professionals. Research has shown that employers frequently screen candidates through social media. Therefore, how you present yourself online is now crucial for securing job opportunities. But how do you brand yourself online and build credibility? Here are some keys ways that professionals can improve their digital footprint and build a strong personal brand.    Create an engaging social media presence    With the growth of LinkedIn, blogging, and other social media networks, it’s never been easier to create a compelling social media presence. One of the best ways to impress employers and strengthen your personal brand is by adding as much detail as possible to your LinkedIn profile. This includes showcasing your endorsed skills, an interesting headline and a creative description that discusses your accomplishments and any recommendations. It’s important to make sure your social networks tell a cohesive story, which can help to establish yourself as a positive, friendly professional, boosting your personal brand as a result.   Be consistent in your communications   When it comes to building and strengthening your personal brand, it’s important to know that results won’t happen immediately. It’s a lifelong commitment that requires patience. However, without consistency in your communications, it’s very difficult to make any progress. For example, all your social media channels need to have the same tone of voice and communicate the same message. Even the smallest of inconsistencies can have an impact on personal brand effectiveness. It can be difficult to think of yourself as a brand, but personal branding is all about consistently reinforcing your story, whether that’s through written content or video. Your CV says a lot about your experience, but when you’re consistently publishing original content, it demonstrates to employers that you’re self-motivated and passionate about your career.   Find a niche and make it your own   It’s much easier to be consistent with your messaging when you have a focus. One of the best ways to strengthen your personal brand is by showing that you’re well versed in a single topic. For example, if you’re looking to move into the financial services sector, keep your messaging focused on that target demographic, as it will be much easier for others to define your personal brand. Having a niche focus is important because it allows you to build your brand around your desired market or ideal employer. Narrowing the focus around your personal brand makes you more easily identifiable and can lead to more specific job opportunities.    Network effectively   Networking is hugely important in building and maintaining your personal brand. So, make sure you engage with people online and offline and cultivate these relationships over time. There is a multitude of ways to connect with people, like joining groups and conversations on social media. While networking through LinkedIn is key, take the time to attend networking events and virtual conferences to meet valuable, relevant people who can help with your career. All of these relationships contribute to the development of your personal brand, because the more you engage, the more you grow.   Are you looking for the next step in your career?   Building a strong personal brand is hugely important for your career growth. Always invest time in engaging with new relationships, conferences and projects that you could showcase, as a part of your brand. The idea of a brand no longer just applies to companies. At Swisslinx, we’re passionate about career development and helping candidates secure their ideal role. We constantly add value to our clients and candidates and are dedicated to building positive relationships with those we work with. Our team of specialist consultants recruit for roles in various markets, including financial services, digital and technology, as well as health and life sciences. If you’re seeking a new role, contact our team today to discuss how we can help.

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