June is LGBT Pride Month, and while this year's celebrations will look slightly different due to the coronavirus pandemic, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions remain proud to stand in solidarity with LGBT people all over the world.
You've found a job that looks perfect for you. You're more than qualified, you've got plenty of relevant work experience, and the company seems like a great fit for your personality.
So you submit an application, and you pull out all the stops: polishing up your CV, crafting a really strong cover letter, and generally doing everything you can to prove that you're the right person for the role.
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It's the job application to end all job applications, and as you click 'send', you feel more confident than you've ever felt before. You've nailed it. That job is yours.
But then...crickets. No response. A day goes by, then another, then another. Before you know it, a whole week has passed and you still haven't heard from your future employer.
How can this be? Don't they even want to INTERVIEW me? Did my application fail to impress? Has my dream job slipped through my fingers?
Woah there, chum. Don't give up hope just yet. Hiring managers tend to be very busy people, and it may just be that they haven't gotten around to you yet. Heck, some companies don't even have dedicated hiring managers - if you've applied for a job with a smaller organisation, your application may be in the hands of the managing director or another higher-up with umpteen other things on their plate.
Still, if you've been waiting for more than a week, it may not be inappropriate to chase up your job application with a polite follow-up email. Be careful, though: if you're too pushy about it, you'll jeopardise your chances of getting a favourable response.
If you're going to send a job application follow-up email, be sure to bear these tips in mind...
The UK's lockdown rules were recently relaxed, and while the government's coronavirus guidance still states that you should "work from home if you can", a lot of people have already returned to their places of work.
Of course, many of those workplaces look rather different now. To limit the spread of COVID-19, it's important for all of us to continue practising social distancing - that means staying at least 2 metres away from anyone who doesn't share your home.
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This rule has many implications for the world of work, and frequent team meetings are likely to be one of the biggest casualties. The current guidelines for offices and contact centres state that businesses should aim to "reduce transmission due to face-to-face meetings", as well as to "maintain social distancing in meetings".
If you're concerned that your company will struggle to achieve this, here's some advice from the team here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions...
Preparing for a job interview can be stressful, but the part that comes after the interview is arguably just as nerve-racking. At that point, it's out of your hands - all you can do is cross your fingers and wait to hear back from your prospective employer.
Of course, if the tension becomes too much for you, you can always pick up the phone or fire off a quick follow-up email. But is that really a good idea? Will you look pushy and desperate if you make contact now? Or could it actually improve your chances of getting the job?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to dominate headlines all over the world, and while some sectors are beginning to get back to work, we're still a long way from business as usual.
Social distancing - staying at least 2 metres away from anyone you don't live with - remains crucial. Staff should ideally work from home, but since this isn't always possible, many employers are now looking at ways to implement social distancing measures in the workplace.