COVID-19 changed everything, and it could be years before we return to what we previously thought of as normal. Though many employers are now reopening, the unemployment rate is still worryingly high, and many companies have been forced to streamline their operations. This means that it can be tough to find a new job. To propel yourself above the competition, follow these tips.
Revamp your resume
No matter how strong your resume was in the pre-pandemic world, it may not be enough today. Many operations are still remote, so if you have work from home skills, be sure to highlight them. For all positions, skills like flexibility are in high demand, as employers want to know that you can adapt to ever-changing needs. Be sure you understand what each company truly needs and tweak your resume to show how you can provide it.
Search for new opportunities
Some industries, like hospitality, have virtually collapsed in many cities. But others, like certain types of manufacturing, are flourishing. Think outside the parameters of what you’ve done before and look for ways to translate your previous experiences to the jobs that are now in demand.
Prepare for phone or online interviews
Even if the job is performed onsite, many businesses have moved their office operations, including hiring, to the virtual space. Prepare yourself for telephone or online interviews. At a minimum, you’ll need a quiet area with few visual distractions where you won’t be disturbed, as well as a reliable internet connection.
Build your network
Now more than ever, it’s not so much what you know as who you know. Tap into your network of friends, relatives, and former coworkers for help. You never know who might have a lead on a job you would never have found on your own.
Work with a staffing agency
A staffing agency can be highly valuable for job seekers navigating the complex world of COVID-19. You’ll have access to their existing network of companies that are ready to hire. You can get professional advice on everything from polishing your resume to honing your interview skills. And you can consider taking a temporary or temp-to-hire position, which may get you back to work faster and get your foot in the door at a company that could turn out to be your dream employer. Best of all, these services are free for job seekers.
Ready for a new position?
If you’re in the market for a new job, contact Total Staffing Solutions. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to match you with your next position.