One constant in the job market is change. Whether that change is the result of a pandemic, normal economic cycles, or ever-evolving technology, our ability to compete means we’ll need to be lifelong learners.
Job searching is a full-time job. Between researching employers online and networking to filling out applications and prepping for interviews, it can easily eat up 40+ hours a week. But as much work as it is to land a new job, it’s when you start one that the hard work really begins.
Sometimes getting the job is the easy part of employment — keeping it can be a whole other ballgame. Staying in a job for long periods of time builds credibility, stability and experience, and puts you in a more favorable position should you wish to pursue new opportunities down the road.
These days, job searches are more complicated than just filling out an application. Analytics, algorithms and applicant tracking systems serve as data-based gatekeepers, helping hiring managers scan, sort and search for the right candidate. And they achieve this by using keywords.
“Self-care” and “stress relief” are two buzzwords that have increased in prominence with the recent stay-at-home orders. Whether someone is selling you a product or sharing an inspirational quote, everyone has their opinion about what you should do to make your days as productive and stress-free as possible.
Résumés are all about getting the attention of the recruiter. But first, that résumé must get through the magical chamber of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
In today’s world, so many functions of everyday life happen online. We entertain ourselves virtually. We learn new skills virtually. We visit with friends and family virtually. So, it should be no surprise that we find jobs and grow our careers virtually, as well.
Perhaps a job hunter’s biggest challenge lies in ensuring they have skills employers want and a personal network to help them market those skills to a new employer or industry. If you’ve decided to move from your past work to try something new, what’s your next step?
It’s no secret that COVID-19 has affected how billions of people around the world live, connect and work. Beyond the long hours being put in by our frontline workers and the millions who are now facing unemployment, a significant percentage of our workforce has had to make a sudden transition to working-from-home. For the latter, at least, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
COVID-19 has brought major changes on many fronts, not the least of which affects our work. Our friends, colleagues, and even ourselves have experienced furloughs, layoffs, or a cut back in our hours or pay. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, now is the time brush up on your job search and interview techniques and learn new skills.
If you’re a job seeker in this labor market, it’s hard not to get discouraged. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the efforts to contain it, have caused the unemployment rate to climb to 14.7 percent, with particularly heavy losses in the leisure and hospitality segments.