Many companies are switching to remote work and laying off other workers during the coronavirus pandemic. You might be wondering if it makes sense to send out your resume. Understandably, you might assume no one will be hiring for the foreseeable future.
However, many career experts are recommending that it’s better to keep networking and applying, as long as you change your methods somewhat in recognition of these uncertain times.
These eight suggestions can help you navigate the hiring process during the pandemic.
1. Start networking online
Social distancing should not keep you from reaching out and networking with people in your industry. Of course, you won’t be meeting up for coffee, but you could have a phone conversation or a virtual chat.
2. Stay in touch
If you had a productive job interview before the virus hit, touch base with the hiring manager by email. Acknowledge that you understand they might be busy helping their employees adapt to remote work, but you were checking in to see if there was any way you could assist them.
3. Do your research
The pandemic can provide a unique look into a company’s culture. Notice how the leadership in companies you would like to work for is handling the emergency. Is the company allowing staff to work from home? Are they supportive? Did they lay off workers?
4. Improve your skills
Look at several job descriptions and list each required skill. Then think about whether you have all of those skills, and if you don’t, use this time to learn or refresh those skills to make you a better candidate when things pick up.
5. Don’t play the numbers game
Don’t send your resume to every job opening that comes up online. It’s not a numbers game. It’s more about making sure that the resumes you’re sending out–only to jobs that are a good fit—are showcasing your qualifications.
6. Show that you can solve problems
Positions open when a company needs to solve a problem. Whatever that problem is, you need to show the employer that you can tackle it and rid them of their frustrations. Let them know that you have the experience and skillset to be a successful problem-solver in the role.
7. Adapt and be persistent
Interviewing will be different this time around. Recruiters and hiring managers will be using more phone and video interviews. Don’t let these interviews intimidate you. Continue to stay confident and focus on showing them your value.
8. Use your free time for reflection
Take advantage of the slower job market by thinking about where you want to work and the kind of role that would be right for your future. Consider which companies you want to work for and who you can reach out to there.
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