5 Tips for Job Hunting During the Pandemic
Searching for a new job is always a challenge. The ongoing pandemic has added new layers of difficulty and uncertainty to the process. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a new job right now, you just have to go about looking for it a little differently. Let’s take a look at helpful tips for job hunting during the pandemic.
Widen Your Scope
Certain industries, such as hospitality and retail, have been hard-hit by the effects of the pandemic. Others, like healthcare and IT support, are in active hiring mode. Depending on the type of work you do, there may not be many job openings in your current field. It will likely to be easier to find a new job if you’re flexible about the industry and position you’re willing to work in. That doesn’t mean you won’t get back to your preferred field eventually, you just may need to try something new in the meantime. And you never know, you could find you’re happier and more satisfied working in a field you’ve never considered before.
Update Materials to Reflect the Current Reality
Make sure to update your resume, cover letters and LinkedIn profile to promote your ability and willingness to work remotely. Not only is that the current reality, many businesses have made it clear they plan to continue having their employees work from home, even after the crisis passes.
Include your demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and the achievements you’ve accomplished while working outside the office. Or if you haven’t worked remotely but you’re willing to, be sure to make that clear in your cover letter. Also remember to include your proficiency with remote-friendly tech tools, such as Skype, Zoom and Google Docs.
Rework Your Networking Efforts
Networking is a key component of any successful job search, but in our current climate, you can’t just set up a quick lunch meeting or grab a drink with a potential new coworker. What you can do is reach out to your contacts and set up quick video chats to talk about potential leads, gather information about how things are going at their companies, and find out how they’re handling life during the pandemic. Keep these conversations focused and no longer than 30 minutes.
Not only are they a great way to gather potential leads, they’re opportunities to practice your video interviewing skills, which is something you’ll need to master while job hunting during the pandemic.
Structure Your Days
With all the interruption in our normal routines, it can be hard to maintain a regular schedule. But you’ll want to establish and stick to a plan when job hunting during the pandemic. Set goals for each day of the week for how many resumes you’ll send, how many calls you’ll make, and who you’ll reach out to in your network. Also be sure to set aside time to research new industries and brush up on any necessary skills that can help you land your next position. Essentially, you’ll want to make finding a new job your full-time job. And it will be good to practice the type of discipline you’ll need when working from home.
Don’t Neglect Self Care
There’s no doubt we’re living through an extremely stressful time, which is why it’s so important to take good care of yourself while you’re looking for a new job. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule, eat healthy meals and stay well hydrated. Remind yourself to get up and move throughout the day. Even just a quick walk around the block or doing some light stretching will keep the blood flowing. And be sure to do something you enjoy every day, whether it’s reading a book, streaming an episode of your favorite show, or listening to a podcast you like. The important thing is to keep yourself healthy and ready to go when that new job offer arrives.