The global COVID-19 pandemic has put millions out of work worldwide. It’s a time of great uncertainty, especially for college seniors or those close to graduating who were expecting to enter the job market soon. We’ve gathered some tips we hope will be helpful for anybody searching for employment right now.
Make searching for a job your new job
Create a routine and put the same time and effort into your search that you would any other job. That means waking up at a regular time in the morning, getting out of those pajamas and spending time Monday through Friday investing in your career. Set goals and deadlines. One long-time freelancer said he sometimes goes out for a walk around the block to create a ‘commute’ and reset his mind that he’s now at work in his home office. So dedicate a time and space in your home to focus on finding work. There’ll still be plenty of time for sweatpants and binging your shows afterward.
Update your resume and website
Now is a fabulous time to make sure your resume/CV or your website is up-to-date and looking fresh. Make sure your profiles on any business networking sites are current as well. That way, when that great opportunity comes along, you’ll be ready to take advantage of it.
Take online courses
There are a number of schools offering free online classes you can use to expand your knowledge and skillsets. Online learning sites like Class Central, edX and Coursera have well over 13,000 courses from more than 900 universities. We also highly recommend Yale University’s ‘The Science of Well-Being’ taught by Prof. Laurie Santos. It’s the most popular class in Yale’s history, with good reason.
Know your virtual meeting software
First impressions still mean a lot. Even if you’re interviewing remotely via Zoom or Skype. Before that big interview, make sure you know how the software works. Practice with friends so you come off sounding and looking your best. A few other tips include:
• Check your background. Is it appropriate? Is it distracting? If you’re using a free backdrop from an app, make sure it’s professional.
• Look your best. Keep a light source in front of you so people can see your face. Check your set up ahead of time to find the best angle and lighting. Zoom even has a “Touch up my appearance” filter you can discreetly use.
• Turn on subtitles. It reduces the chance of missing out on something or having to ask someone to repeat themselves. On Skype you can have the subtitles in other languages too.
Companies are still looking
While many industries have been hit hard and are shutting down during this pandemic, there are still many companies that remain open and hiring, especially ones offering the opportunity to work virtually. FlexJobs put together a list of the 100 top companies with remote jobs.
Take care of yourselves and each other. We’re all in this together.