What You Can Do During Covid-19 Lockdown Period to Make Yourself Attractive to Managers & Recruiters

If you are like me not wanting to see negative news about Covid-19, this isn’t it. This is about planning and moving forward even though the future may be like in a fog-like manner, it is for the best to push on with positivity.

You see, I can moan at home, creating panic in my head while munching on unhealthy snacks on my couch in my pyjamas and Netflix. Or I can continue with my daily task and maintain a level of normalcy (and sanity). Or I can start planning and gearing up for the next battle.

These are battle plans that will make you attractive to your current employers and your future recruiters.

Like what?

Brainstorm the next business continuity plan

It doesn’t matter that you don’t know the ins and outs of the works of the whole company. Just focus on your department. You can even rope in a few colleagues over Skype to brainstorm a few ideas.

If you happened to be in a country where they are easing lockdown restrictions, you can help to plan staggered shifts for each team to reduce cross-contamination among your colleagues.

Look meticulously into business process

There is always room for improvements. You can either look into yourself and see what areas can you improve or you can make yourself useful and look into your company processes on ways to improve it.

Maybe grouping of departments? Or how moving the office desks around for easier communication flow? Are you irk by the way how your department disseminates information? Is it possible to look into other departments good work practices and try to integrate the values into yours?

Think up of creative ways to cut the cost

What any businesses are always looking for – pre or post-pandemic – is to cut cost. Preferably cutting cost without sacrificing operation needs.

Now more than ever, companies will need to save cost to ride through the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tidy up your resume

As the old story goes…

Always update your resume. You’ll never know when opportunities presented themselves to you and suddenly, you have to fill in years of job experiences.

Now that you have time. Take a few days to dig through your memory and tidy up your resume. Hook up with your old colleagues and bosses (now that you have the perfect conversation starter – the lockdown.) Get recommendations ready, you’ll never know when you need them.

Read More: 5 Key Things You Need To Have In Your Resume

Take on a new skill that will boost your profile

Jobs are never one dimensional. With economy revolving, so are our roles. The more you add a different value to your main skill, the more attractive you are to recruiters and headhunters.

IT + Business = IT Business

Art + IT = Digital Design

Healthcare + Writing = Healthcare Writer

The list goes on… plus it shows resilience in you that you pick up new skills while the world is recovering.

Learn an unrelated skill

That being said… go forth and learn a new skill that you always wanted to learn but didn’t have the time. With courses now being offered online and mostly free, you can learn almost anything.

From a new language to a new hobby, enrich your life with new passions. Who knows, it may lead you to a new career path.

Explore your passion

If you have been feeling stuck in your job for the longest time, this may be the opportunity for you to break out of the comfort mould and explore within yourself to find a new passion.

Don’t know what’s your passions and how to find them?

Read More: 12 Things You Can Do Today To Find Your Passion

Rest Up

When we were working 8 to 5, we never took a breather to stop and rejuvenate.

Every time-off we have, we are often rushing from place to place to complete some invisible checklist. Even when we are on vacation, it is always about exploring new places, new cultures and new food.

So for once, it is okay not to do anything at all but just to sleep in and allow your body and mind to recharge as much as possible. Spend time with your loved ones but importantly, spend time on yourself.


This pandemic will lead to retrenchments as the companies struggle to stay afloat. Businesses will fold, employees will find themselves jobless.

So instead of wishing it wouldn’t happen, that our government will finance the inevitable and hope for a miracle to happen, I choose to take actions into my own hands and prepare myself.

For Covid-related articles, check out these:
What to do If You Lost Your Job During Covid-19 Recession?
What should we do to minimize COVID-19’s economic impact?
Covid-19: Malaysia Movement Control Order Announcement – Biggest Impact will be Workers

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. very interesting Kally. Your analysis is excellent

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Gregoryno6 says:

    Several years ago I started Certificate IV in Recordkeeping.I couldn’t say I’ve been the most dedicated student. But I dragged the course material to the desk back in March and my interest sparked up. I’ve set the goal of completing it before the end of the year.

    And I reworked my resume too.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Awesome! Now you are using your time to the fullest. I hav updated my resume too. Just in case 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Another timely and good-one Kally; thanks!

    The weak will grow weaker and the strong will be stronger.

    So the questions IS: “Which do WE choose to be?”
    In the end, it IS up to us.

    God Bless you,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      I totally agree that in the end, the choice is in our hands.

      Thank you, Patrick. Stay blessed.


  4. Dragthepen says:

    very good advice. I am int he process of taking free courses and my new resume looks great. taking this time to change careers. Thank you for the information.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much. Good that you are taking things into your own hands and improving yourself. That’s awesome.


      1. Dragthepen says:

        Thank you for stopping by dragthepen💖

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Kally says:

          You’re most welcome! Stay safe.


  5. Nabeela says:

    I have nominated you for Awesome Blogger Award…. Check out my blog to know more….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Nabeela for your nomination. You’re so generous!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nabeela says:

        You are welcome friend….

        Liked by 1 person

  6. pvcann says:

    A very thoughtful piece Kally.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. pvcann says:

        My pleasure

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Thanks for sharing these tips Kally. 🤗


  8. Great post, as always. You’re right about all the free or inexpensive online courses Kally. I’ve been completing courses on vegan cooking, baking etc, just for fun 🙂

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    1. Kally says:

      Wow. Vegan cooking and baking. You’ve been busy at home, Caz!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It’s keeping me busy and been lots of fun 🙂

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  9. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how hard it is to be productive in a time of COVID-19, but giving yourself something proactive to do is really a win-win. The activity gives you something to focus on other than anxiety and you come out of your stay-at-home time with valuable skills or insights to offer.

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    1. Kally says:

      Yes! And it keeps your eyes from reading those negative news, dragging your mood down the drain.

      Liked by 1 person

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