How to Job Search During a Global Pandemic
As we all know, COVID-19 has swept our world up into a tornado of uncertainty. Circumstances are changing by the minute, and the future is unclear. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot any one of us can do except to weather the storm. If you’re stuck at home while the world seems to shut down, here are some ideas to help keep your job search moving long.
- Work on your resume. Use templates, guides, and other resume-building resources online to get your resume in tip-top shape. Here’s a good place to get things started.
- Sharpen your skills. Take some online classes or free training. Every industry has different certifications or skill requirements. Boosting your skills in these areas will make you much more marketable and valuable to an employer.
- Build your online network. Use LinkedIn to connect with folks in your industry. If you’re not working, update your online resume and profile so recruiters can see that you’re actively looking. Reach out to your colleagues to see if they know of any potential job leads or if they can connect you with anyone who can help.
- Prep for virtual interviews. Even though many office campuses are closed, many hiring leaders are still conducting interviews via phone and video chat. Check out this guide and get ready to make a great first impression.
- Stay clean. This is a good time to boost your hygiene regimen. Stay updated with the CDC’s recommendations to keep you and your family healthy. A few reminders:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Don’t make assumptions. While it seems like the world’s ending, it’s important not to assume employers have halted hiring. Don’t hold back from submitting your resume or reaching out to companies. Keep in mind that smart employers will use this “downtime” to build their candidate pipelines, so they’ll be paying close attention to who’s applying for their jobs.
- Be patient. Once again, circumstances are changing constantly. Nobody knows what the short-term future holds. You may not land an interview until this crisis settles down, but there’s no reason not to put yourself out there and make the best out of a difficult situation. Try to keep calm and job search on.
Remember: Once the COVID-19 crisis settles down, companies will be eager to get things moving again. Stay positive, stay safe, and remember that this too shall pass.