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.
Indeed, the world’s number one job search site, has partnered with Goodwill to help individuals find jobs and advance their careers. Indeed is providing resources to make it easier to navigate the online job seeking world during and after the pandemic.
In an overly crowded and competitive job market, being prepared can help you stand apart so you can land your next job. While you’re refreshing your résumé and picking your interview attire, take some time to brush up on your interview skills, including the often-overlooked behavioral interview questions.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, you will note that the job market is quite different. While online job searching is not new, many other aspects of the process are taking place online. Let’s look at a few ways the job market is changing and how you can prepare for a virtual interview
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reexamine our work and how we present ourselves in an ever-evolving workplace. As unemployment continues to rise, job seekers are having to prepare to find work among a lot of uncertainty. Having an updated resume is the first step to feeling confident about making your next career move.
As we limit our time in public during this pandemic, staying connected with others is more important than ever. As we experience online conversations and meetings, adequate technology and internet access are essential. Free and low-cost phone and internet programs are available for those who may need help accessing connectivity.
In an employer’s market, where employers can be very selective about who they hire, it’s quite possible you will hear “no” quite often. While it can be discouraging, please don’t take it personally. There could be many reasons for the rejection letter, call or email.