Job Search Tips as The Economy Slowly Reopens
If you’ve lost your job or are currently worried about losing it, you are likely suffering from stress and anxiety. But, there’s some hope on the horizon. The economy is slowly reopening and eventually will return to some sort of new normalcy. But, this also comes with trepidation about health risks and how the economy will hold up. Will we face a resurgent virus outbreak once we settle into our routine?
If you're in between jobs or worried about losing your position, prospects look bleak. In addition to the millions already downsized, there's talk of millions more who will suffer the same fate. Companies are enacting hiring freezes, as they don't have a clue as to what will happen next. You'll be thrust into the worst job market since the Great Depression.
The reality is that—for many— that despite millions of workers already downsized, and companies enacting hiring freezes, you have no choice but to forge ahead despite the strong headwind working against you. Here’s what you need to do now.
Start doing something and take action, even if it's baby steps.
It's easy to tell yourself that you’ll wait until things get better. That may or may not happen any time soon. Procrastination won't change anything—only proactive actions will. It's okay to be afraid of jumping off of the high diving board. For now, just dip your toe in the water and start swimming later.
Prepare a plan of attack.
Watch any professional sport and you will see that the players just don't run around willy-nilly. The teams devise plans that they execute on game day and continually practice and run drills. Similarly, you will need to have a job search strategy.
Start by updating your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. Then, contact some recruiters who specialize in your space. Search job boards and apply to relevant listings. Tap into your network to gain leads to find the right person at the company you want to work at.
Practice your elevator pitch and sign up for a professional Interview Prep series with a Career Coach to make sure you can articulate your value to the potential employer. Familiarize yourself with Zoom and other online video technologies, as that is what companies will use to interview for the foreseeable future.
The reality is that things will be tough.
It won’t be easy. Internal corporate recruiters know that their companies are laying off workers and pausing hiring. They’re preoccupied, worried about holding onto their own jobs.
Executives recruiters won’t have mandates, as there is less hiring, and the companies don't want to pay the high fees for their services. When you contact recruiters, they may not have any relevant jobs available for you.
To counter the roadblocks, you must focus on taking care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically.
We're all going through a difficult time. Some people were personally impacted by the pandemic and you may have lost someone you love. The fear of what will happen next is daunting. It's understandable to be sensitive and emotionally brittle. Along with looking for a job, you need to keep yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy. The better balance you are the better prepared you are to tackle this next chapter.
It will be easy to lose confidence and feel dejected. It's not just you. We're all going through this together. The key is that you have to be brave and strong to withstand the rejection, lack of feedback, and silence.
Be honest about your weak spots, so that you can improve.
Seek out a Career Coach to give you honest, constructive feedback. We’re all good at some things and others, not so much. The trick is to focus on your core strengths and abilities. When it comes to your weaknesses, use this time to shore them up. Take a class, read an informative book, watch a podcast, talk to a Career Coach.
You may need a Career Coach someone to help you improve how you tell your story in an interview. Additionally, an expert could review and revamp your resume. If you’re uncomfortable marketing yourself on social media, find a person who can teach you how to shine online.
Find meaning in your job search.
When you’re striving to reach a goal that’s bigger than yourself, the chance of success increases. Working to achieve a meaningful goal is easier when there’s an important reason behind it. Humans are hardwired so that when we go after a meaningful pursuit, it makes us unstoppable and impervious to rejections.
Find a reason to power through this tough process. It could be your desire to build a better life for your family. Maybe, it's a goal you always wanted to achieve by working at a specific company or holding a highly coveted job. Maybe you have been considering a career pivot. When you do things for others that are bigger than yourself, you can achieve greatness and overcome all of the obstacles in your path.
Again, it won’t be an easy road, but with a game plan set in place, you will be ahead of the curve and miles ahead of everyone else looking to reenter the job market.