The coronavirus pandemic is presenting an interesting job market for those in search of a new position. While many industries will likely take a hit (like retail and restaurants), other industries will be in more demand (like remote and delivery services). If you have a solid job right now, it may be time to stay put for a while no matter how happy you are. But, if you find yourself without a job or too miserable to hang on, here are a few ways to prepare for a job hunt in this economic climate.
Prepare for a virtual interview. For the foreseeable future, you may be called upon to do your entire interview process virtually. To prepare for this type of interview, start with the basics and make sure your computer is up to speed. One thing you need is a camera, so if your computer doesn’t have one, you’ll need to invest in webcam. Then, practice a few interview questions while on a video conference with a friend so you get accustomed to talking to a computer rather than someone in person.
Stay in touch with your contacts. As usual, your networking community may be the sole reason you’re able to secure a job in a tough job climate. Give your contacts a call or send them an email. Also, send a quick note to say hello to your LinkedIn connections. You can also join some virtual networking opportunities and make even more contacts. Networking goes both ways to be successful, so make sure you’re open to sharing opportunities you know about as well.
Use your downtime to build your job skills. If you find yourself stuck and without any job opportunities for a while, one of the best uses of your time is to learn some new job skills. It’s easy to slip into complacency until life is back to normal, but the most successful will stay on their game during the height of the pandemic. So, learn a new software or take a course in emerging sales techniques. Work on your resume and add these new strengths so you stand out among the competition.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed during a stressful time. Many people are worried about their jobs and some have already lost their positions because of the coronavirus pandemic. One way to come out on top is to simply plan ahead. If you stay frozen in panic, you’ll be passed by your competition. Instead, stay focused, learn a new skill, be in touch with your connections and prepare for virtual interviewing. You’ll have a new job before you know it.
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