Recently, I had the pleasure to spend some time with an inspiring leading social entrepreneur, ‘future architect’ and initiator of various national and international campaigns and movements — Ilco van der Linde. WeR1 Connection and Heart voor de stad, the initiative he founded, recently became partners.
Since the previous part of the interview took a bit of a philosophical turn, this time we focused more on sharing practical tips, aimed specifically at people that are right now searching for a job.
Without any doubt, the corona virus outbreak is affecting everyone and everything. The job market got its fair share of the deal, too. However, this does not mean you should give up on your dream. Whether it is about landing the right job, receiving the means to get something you have always wanted, or just getting firsthand experience at the beginning of your professional journey. No reason should be good enough to stop you. So, instead of focusing on what is bad, let’s focus on what we can do. Ilco proposes some advice on how to achieve that.
WeR1: Currently, people searching for a job are struggling with all the uncertainties related to it. Are companies recruiting right now? Will there be a job position available in their field any time soon? When can they start working? As a recruiting company, we are interested to know whether there is some advice you think we can share with them? What would help them get through the crisis and not give up on job search?
Ilco: “It’s like all the negative things in life. Most of the time you cannot change a bad situation. The only thing you can have any influence over, is how you deal with it as a person. Don’t get depressed by it, because we cannot change the corona virus. You and I cannot invent the vaccine. It is true that we are depending a lot on others, but please, do what you can do, which is doing something positive. I see two opportunities.
“One of the reasons you get a certain job is not only because you have the necessary skills. There is also the likability element. Doing those kinds of things when society is in need will definitely make you stand up among piles of resumes on the employers’ desks.”
One, you can improve your resume, experience and your network by donating your expertise for voluntary jobs. There are some beautiful voluntary initiatives. For example, a friend of mine developed a site where you can find a lot of activities that are needed for the society right now. If you end up doing something because your heart is telling you to do, and if at the same time you can use that to enhance your resume, you will see how much it will help you in the end. One of the reasons you get a certain job is not only because you have the necessary skills. There is also the likability element. Doing those kinds of things when society is in need will definitely make you stand up among piles of resumes on employers’ desks.
The other opportunity I see is that there are now some areas which are suddenly desperate to find new employees. One is the distribution of food and other goods to homes, for example. You can seize all these new opportunities, partly for the money, but also partly for gaps in your resume.”
The partnership between Hart voor de stad and WeR1 Connection is, for example, one of the opportunities that came out amid the corona crisis. That is why you should always be open for everything. Never stop creating opportunities for yourself. Share that heart, send that resume, eat that cake (only if it is not too big)!
You can also become part of the initiative Hart voor de stad and share your heart here.