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Job Searching During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Olivia Duffin On Apr 9, 2020 11:01:38 AM

Job Searching During the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 has affected economies across the globe and has taken a toll on the workforce, where many organizations have had to lay off employees, rescind job offers, or enable hiring freezes.  But, despite the outbreak, the good news is there are still hundreds of organizations that are hiring immediately for essential roles. There are numerous industries that haven’t been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and in fact are seeing an increase in business during this time. Industries like business software, consumer tech, healthcare, IT, retail and financial services are among the many that are continuing to hire.

If you’re job seeking during this economic uncertainty, it’s important that you stay motivated and continue to apply to positions. Below are tips you should keep in mind while patiently job searching and interviewing:

  1. Keep applying! – As expected, organizations are trying to cope and adjust with the current changes. That means continuously re-evaluating their hiring needs. Don’t get discouraged if there is a lack of response or a decrease in job postings from a company that you are interested in. Try to remain focused and confident and continue to apply to different places.

  2. Be prepared to articulate how you can work independently as well as on a team – Express that you can work under pressure and in unconventional circumstances alone and by collaborating with a team. Showing that you’re capable of producing quality work without being micromanaged is important, especially during a time like this.

  3. Be patient and follow-up – Different industries have had to quickly plan and implement strategies on how to handle the effects of the coronavirus. You will notice that not every business has a clear game plan so, don’t be surprised or concerned if you don’t hear back immediately. It’s okay to follow up and inquire where you stand in their hiring process.

  4. Use this time to reflect – Take advantage of this unconventional time in the job market to get clarity about where you want to work and the type of role you’re seeking. Be prepared to think about your role more broadly. Ask yourself if you could take your experiences and skills and apply them in any other type of role or industry.

  5. Adequately prep for the interview – As companies video interview out of an abundance of caution, it’s good practice to download and test the video conference software before your interview. Don’t wait minutes before the interview to try and download or watch a tutorial. Prepare for the video interview just as you would for a face-to-face interview.

  6. Take care of yourself – It’s easy to lose sight of the importance of taking time for yourself during a job search, especially when you don’t have the option of leaving the house. Be sure to schedule time to exercise, cook, read, or do anything that helps you feel relaxed. So, when you do get back to job searching, you feel refreshed and motivated.

Job Searching During the Coronavirus Pandemic-1During uncertain times like these, it’s important to focus on the things that you can control – preparing yourself for remote interviews, reevaluating what your skills are and how they may apply to roles you didn’t think of initially, reaching out to your network, and remembering to prioritize your mental and physical health. For more tips and advice on how to make the most out of your job search during the pandemic, contact one of our Staffing Consultants!

 

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