While companies begin working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, an increasing number of employees are being laid off or furloughed. During this time, you may wonder if you should continue to email resumes and write cover letters or assume that companies have stopped hiring.
According to Danielle Beauparlant Moser, managing director and executive coach with bltCareers in Asheville, NC, “Companies might not be hiring today, because they’re trying to figure out how to do business virtually, but they will be hiring”.
Here are four tips for how to search for jobs during this pandemic:
Get comfortable networking:
Today’s social media platforms have something to offer every type of job seeker. You can effectively network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Networking is most effective when you have specific employer targets and career goals. Look for professional groups to join on Facebook and LinkedIn.
LinkedIn should preferably be your starting point. Reach out to professionals and connect with them. Focus on building a relationship. Seek their advice and be authentic.
Stay in touch:
What do you do when you’re in a situation where you had a promising interview and a possible job offer but due to COVID, the company is working remotely? Contact the hiring manager whilst demonstrating a thoughtful attitude. Moreover, find ways to stay on top of their mind. For example, connect with them on LinkedIn and if they post a status, comment with valuable insight.
Research company culture:
If you’re interested in learning more about the company you are targeting or if you are preparing for an interview, keep yourself updated with company news and initiatives they’re currently involved in. You could also go through the company’s tweets, videos, posts, to get an idea of what’s important to the team.
Boost your skills:
When you’re reading a job description, list each required skill and experience. If you lack the skill, brush up on it so you stand out as a candidate. Being certified in those skills would also make your resume stand out.
There is no doubt that the average job search in 2020 will take longer as compared to previous years. Some companies have announced hiring freezes on all non-essential workers until their businesses will be allowed to open their doors again. Many others have laid off employees, reduced their hours, or sent staff on furlough.
However, use this time to focus on improving your skills and resume and reach out to your network to build relationships.