Are you asking yourself, is it possible to find a new job or career in 2020? Don’t assume the answer is NO…the answer is most definitely YES! While many industries have and will continue to be hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, others are hiring. And if you’re having trouble finding a job, this economic slowdown is a great time to lay down the groundwork so when this passes (which it will), you have opened doors by networking and building relationships.
The coronavirus has put an abrupt end to the traditional networking for job seekers and many who are accustomed to face-to-face interactions with interviewers and clients. But this new remote environment does have its advantages. Let’s face it, it’s easier to take a call with a prospective employer or submit job applications during the workday when you’re not physically in the office. While many would prefer an in-person interview, this remote status does have a few benefits. To help you secure a job in today’s climate follow these tips:
Now more than ever it’s important to focus on what you can control and stay positive and motivated. The first step is to update your resume and online profiles. Thanks to modern technology, now is the time to get comfortable with networking online and it’s never been easier!
- Look into joining professional group platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook and participate in group conversations
- Post and comment on social media to make yourself visible and relevant
- Zoom, FaceTime and Google Meet are at your fingertips so, schedule video calls and virtual coffee meetings to reconnect with existing contacts or meet new people in your field
- If you’re looking to make new connections, sites like 10times and Eventbrite offer online networking events and job fairs you can attend to engage with others
Now is the time to build relationships, clean up/maximize your social media accounts, and stay active on them. You don’t need to be able to shake someone’s hand to make a good impression!
During this pandemic, emotion can run rampant as there will be ebb and flows during this time. Experts say it’s more important than ever to remain calm particularly now that interviews are being done remotely. If you have a scheduled virtual interview coming up, follow these pro tips:
- Test your technology the day before; test the camera angle to make sure your whole face can be seen and not just the top or bottom part of your head
- Find a spot in your home that is quiet, clutter-free and well lit
- Dress professionally as you would for an in-person interview
- Analyze the job description and be prepared to speak about your relevant strengths, experience, and accomplishments. Highlight talking points as to why you’re a good fit for the job
- Educate yourself on the organization and interviewers…knowledge is power!
Cast a Wide Net
Think about the skills and experience that you have and how they fit into the current job market. Identify what industries are hiring. Expand your networking options beyond your current profession and be open to trying a new industry, making a career change, or even relocating for the right opportunity. Also, setup Google alerts for the companies that you’ve identified as ones you would like to work for.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone in the workplace – you are not alone. The process will take longer than usual but with a lot of patience and perseverance, finding a job in 2020 can and will happen.
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