Your company downsized during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now many businesses will be reopening, and you want to transition back into the workforce. You’ll need to prepare for another sudden shift—this time going back to work. Here are seven things you should do before you re-enter the workforce:
1. Make sure you are ready to return
This pandemic is going to affect how we think and feel about ourselves. And while work can be a benefit for your mental health, things have changed, and maybe your interests or priorities have changed with them. Do you want to follow the same career path or do something different? Is a full-time job still your goal, or would a part-time temp job suit you better this time around?
2. Be patient and prepare
Maybe you must go back to work immediately for financial reasons, but it could take longer to find a job after the coronavirus, perhaps even months. Give yourself time to determine what skills you must brush up on or the training you should take. Taking online classes and researching the industry in which you have an interest are good ways to spend your free time.
3. Build and connect with your network
While coffees and lunches might not be in the cards for a while, you can still stay in touch with former coworkers or friends who could have some insight into the job market. Let them know you’re in the process of returning to work and what you’re thinking of doing. Maybe they have some suggestions and would be willing to help you.
4. Update your LinkedIn profile
While a resume is essential, you also need a LinkedIn profile. The profile could be an abridged version of your resume. Make sure you’re active on LinkedIn and continue to grow your connections by either liking other posts or creating your own.
5. Update and personalize your resume
Check your resume to make sure it’s current, and each time you send it out, always edit it to personalize it for each job opening. Sending out the same generic resume to every employer will not get you noticed.
6. Become familiar with the latest tech trends
Are you up-to-date on the latest communication tools used in corporate America? Zoom, Slack, Skype, Trello, Google Docs, Office 365, Dropbox, and Salesforce are just some of the tech tools that you might want to research and get to know.
7. Start preparing for an interview
At Lingo Staffing, we help our job seekers with every phase of the hiring process, including the interview. Whether it’s face-to-face or a video interview, we’ll help you get ready for it. Search through our current openings to get started!