Does the Covid-19 outbreak impact your job hunt?

Official Updates, Graduate jobs

July 03, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic seems to have put a dent in – or delayed – a lot of plans, in addition to taking the economy for a spin. If you are an international student in the UK, you should not worry about the same, however. Employers are still hiring, certain fields are expecting a boom in their recruitment numbers and your global experience is always in demand. Let’s break down the nitty gritty of job hunt during a pandemic.  


We answer a few key questions below:


Does Covid-19 impact Tier 2 Visa sponsorship?


The Home Office and UKVI have been updating on the status for the same, including any temporary concessions for Visa holders, in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. 


If you’ve applied for a Tier 2 or 5 visa and are waiting for a decision on your application


You can start work before your visa application has been decided if:


- you’ve been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

- you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this

- the job you start is the same as the one listed on your CoS

If your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused, your sponsor will stop sponsoring you and you must stop working for them.


Other Concerns:


Is the coronavirus going to disrupt your job search?

Companies are still hiring amidst the pandemic. You can check out the employers and opportunities that will sponsor your Tier 2 Visa on Student Circus. 


The process of recruitment is likely to see some changes. Video interviews might become commonplace. Here are some tips that can help you ace such interviews. 


Familiarise yourself with video tools like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype and just generally make yourself comfortable with talking and presenting on screen. 

Expand and nurture your network. This is a good time to reach out to your professional contacts. Be empathetic and approach them with concern. Check in on how they are doing, and then share your updates. Tell them where you stand in your job search and if they can help you in any way. 


The future of work is flexible – or at least – remote

What this means is you shouldn’t worry about getting hired without meeting in person, because remote working has normalised this approach of conducting recruitment processes. 


On the other hand, this also implies that your skills are going to be tested based on how efficiently you can work remotely. A seamless interview is bound to make a positive impression for the same. 

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