You Are Not Powerless in Your Job Search During Covid-19

  • Network with those in your industry.
  • Consider temporary opportunities to hold you over, such as contract and remote work.
  • Elevate your skills or development within your industry.

You probably never dreamed you’d be in search of a job during a global pandemic. Talk about challenges, right? Okay, before you get down and think your chances just slid to the floor, let’s look at what you can do to make the most of your time, and how you can land that next job interview.

One of the first things to consider is how you present yourself to others. Have you evaluated your personal brand lately? What makes you a valuable candidate to prospective employers? How will you stand out in a crowded marketplace? What transferable skills do you have? What are your strengths and how can you amplify them? Consider what courses are available to help you stay competitive in your industry. By evaluating your personal brand, you’ll get an overarching view of how potential employers see you.

Let’s look at a couple other things you can do to take back control during your job search. COVID-19 presented us with some interesting changes, but life continues, and that means you need to show up and take care of your responsibilities whether the pandemic is upon us or not. With the right positive attitude and mindset, you’ll be able to grab an opportunity when it presents itself.

13 More Tips to Seize Control of Your Job Search During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are you ready for more tips? Don’t just read them. Think about how you can take action and what will make a difference in your job search. It’s easy to skim another article thinking it will make the difference, but without action, it’s just information.

  • Who is actively hiring? Has a company just laid off a lot of workers? They probably aren’t the ones to apply for. Seek out those businesses that are still actively moving forward. Not everybody shut down during the pandemic, even if it felt like they did.
  • Network with those in your industry. Put the word out you’re looking for work. Join industry related groups on LinkedIn or check with professional organizations to see what resources they have.
  • Consider temporary opportunities to hold you over, such as contract and remote work.
  • Make sure you have a quiet, organized space for virtual interviews, such as those that take place on conference software like Zoom. Present yourself in the best light.
  • Is there a way to elevate your skills or development within your industry? Take the time to improve your abilities. It’s a great way to not only build your confidence, but also offer more value to the companies you’re applying to.
  • Tackle stress or anxiety before taking interviews. It’s important to sound confident, not desperate. Think of ways that you can do this, whether it’s something as simple as going for a run or walk, deep breathing, doing some kind of prep work, or focusing on positive outcomes.
  • Set Google alerts and alerts on job searching sites for keywords in your industry. This way you’ll hear about new opportunities quickly. Not every job site will have this helpful resource but be sure to check the big sites. Also, with Google alerts it’s a great way to stay current in your industry for news as well and talking points.
  • Are there positions you may not have thought of for employment which may actually be a fit for your skills? Are you open to new opportunities you hadn’t considered?

    Speak with job recruiters. They may know of opportunities you don’t. Open doors you may not have thought of in the past. There are a lot of overlooked avenues which allow you to find information you may not have access to. Most companies don’t post their jobs to boards, and recruiters may have an in with certain businesses, hiring managers, and know if there’s talk of hiring timelines.

  • Create strong habits of seeking out work and applying for it on a regular basis, so it’s not a random pattern. A good system in place can help you during your job search. Create good habits and use them to your advantage whether it’s brushing up on industry knowledge, working on becoming healthier so you feel better, or even refreshing your skills on something you haven’t done lately.
  • Remember your social media is visible. Keep controversial, opinionated content out of it. Your potential future employer will probably look at it to get a better feel for who you are. Yes, it’s your personal space, but you’d be mistaken if you believe it won’t be checked. Employers want to not only know if you can do the job, but what type of person you are and if your values align with theirs.
  • Think both vertically and horizontally. Are there positions you may not have thought of for employment which may actually be a fit for your skills? Are you open to new opportunities you hadn’t considered?
  • Set goals for yourself. Do something that keeps you inspired and motivated and make it a reward for the time you spend doing your job search. It will help you when you’re lacking the drive to keep moving forward in what may feel like a stagnant situation.
  • You can’t control the situation, but you can control your actions. What you do is up to you. We can’t control changes in the world and odd situations like a random pandemic that disrupted all our lives, but we can change how we look at things and how we react. Keep perspective in mind and adjust as needed.

One of the biggest things you want to work on is staying focused on the end goal. It’s easy to get discouraged. Life isn’t moving along like you expected it to be. But, that’s okay. Sometimes, the challenges that we face make us stronger, and force us to think outside of the box. This could end up being a blessing in disguise. What if you find the perfect job you’ve always wanted?

Go into your job search with anticipation and hope rather than dread, and your entire mindset will shift with you. You project who you are and what you’re feeling to others more than you realize through simple things like body language. Embrace the challenge before you and know that you’ll eventually get over the hurdle and land the right job.

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Robert Moment

Robert Moment is an experienced and highly skilled ICF Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, Trainer, Speaker and Author of the book , High Emotional Intelligence for Managers. Robert specializes in developing managers, executives and employees to achieve high emotional intelligence for peak performance and success.   Robert is Certified to deliver The Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile-Self (SEIP) ® Assessment, the most comprehensive, scientifically validated, and statistically reliable instrument on the market and review the results with clients and create a comprehensive developmental action plan. This includes the self and 360-versions as well as workplace and adult editions.

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