Job Searching During A Crisis …Here Are 8 Things You Need to Know
Finding an opportunity during a crisis requires creativity, flexibility, patience, and resilience.
Current data published reveals more than a third (34%) of employees are actively seeking a job, though confidence is low. If job seekers want to prevail, they need to be adaptable, persistent, and have a strong mindset to overcome mass rejections.
Here are seven things to help job seekers be successful in their job search during this crisis.
Explore Alternative Possibilities
Contract/Temporary/Gig roles: Candidates shouldn’t overlook the possibility of contract, temporary or gig roles. Additionally, they should remain open-minded about flexible hours. Additionally, look for opportunities in other businesses within similar sections where the demand is growing.”
Alternate Industries: Focusing on in-demand industries and companies such as healthcare, telecommuting software, shipping and delivery services, tech support, warehousing, and logistics and food supply chain are great ways to increase one’s chance in finding a job.
Hiring Companies: CareerBuilder released new data-sharing current in-demand companies and jobs.
The top businesses hiring are:
Decker Truck Line
Different Roles: The jobs with the highest growth are:
Financial analysts and advisors
Sales (retail and insurance agents)
Customer services representatives
Data entry and administrative support
Managers (frontline, project, etc...)
Unpaid Opportunities: There are alternative ways to gain experience while job searching. Unpaid opportunities provide invaluable experience and keep skills relevant while job hunting. For this reason, job seekers shouldn't overlook internships, apprenticeships, volunteering, or organizing virtual efforts such as masterminds
Ditch Desperation, Lead with Purpose
Competition for jobs is higher than normal resulting in heightened emotions for everyone. Common advice is to spend eight hours a day applying for jobs. However, the job search process should be about quality over quantity. Additionally, when a job seeker is burnt out, their effort is affected. Avoid burnout by prioritizing self-care through walks, short breaks, and anything that can help increase motivation and energy. Don't become discouraged with the belief that finding a job isn't possible. It is, but it will require extra patience.
Leverage and Cultivate an Online Network
The old adage "it's not what you know but who you know" still holds even during a crisis. If ever there was a time to focus on leveraging and cultivating a network, it's now. Due to social distancing, people are more receptive to virtual connections than before. LinkedIn is an underrated platform that helps bridge the gap between job seekers and employers.
Job seekers can utilize LinkedIn to seek out organizations and opportunities they’re interested in and reach out to people currently working in that department or company. While LinkedIn has more than 20 million open job listings, 80% of new jobs are never posted because they’re found or created through networking.
Job seekers can maximize their social media platforms by joining groups, putting out a post to their network, and making new connections.
Be Proactive and Schedule A Follow Up
This pandemic blindsided many companies to the point where companies like Amazon are unable to keep up with hiring demands. As a result, candidates are being lost in the process and recruiters are forgetting to follow up. Candidates should make it a priority to follow up. If an interview is conducted, job seekers should always ask the interviewer when they can expect to hear back. Then, based on the answer, they should set a reminder to follow up if they haven't heard anything by that date.
Build A Personal Brand
A personal brand can be described as "who you are, what you stand for, the values you embrace, and how you express those values." A job seeker's personal brand is what will set them apart from the competition. A personal brand forms regardless if someone is intentional or not about creating one. The clearer and more aligned someone’s brand is, the more it appeals to an employer.
Building a personal brand goes beyond a resume and cover letter. Employers are known to Google candidates to see what their online presence portrays about them. Employers want to avoid hiring potential liabilities and those who contradict their core values. An example would be a company promoting inclusivity but has employees making discriminatory comments.
In addition to maintaining their current social media channels, job seekers should entertain additional avenues to demonstrate their skills. These can include creating a YouTube series, writing a blog, contributing to industry publications, or designing a website to showcase their talents.
Uplevel Your Marketable Skills
This quarantine provides ample opportunity for job seekers to up-level their skillset through courses and certifications. Harvard, MIT, and Yale are a few of the Ivy League schools offering courses for free through Class Central to help job seekers bolster their qualifications.
Some in-demand skills job seekers should focus on are
Communication (written and verbal)
Optimize Your Resume
Before the pandemic, recruiters typically received around 250 resumes per position, spending only spend 7.4 seconds reviewing each resume. Imagine if that volume is double, triple, or 10x that amount. This is why it’s important to focus on quality rather than quantity. Job seekers should optimize their resume and tailor it for each role they apply to. To do so, they should utilize the keywords in the job description and appropriately modify their resume.
Polish Your Interviewing Prowess
Interviewing expertise is more than confidence in explaining your career history in terms of duties. You need to be able to articulate your VALUE to your prior company and your competitive differentiators to the hiring manager. Engage a Career Coach for targeted Interview Prep to ensure that once you get the interview, you can hit it out of the park and land the job.