It’s a fact. Companies are reformulating how they intend to perform business into the future. Deciding whether utilizing freelancers can work for them or if, on the other hand, organizing teams of remote, work-from-home employees is an option, for example. Not to mention, setting up a system for effectively interviewing potential candidates online.
All that said, is it sensible to continue job searching in these unique and changing times?
While many companies are experiencing difficult times and business has fallen off, tons of other companies are experiencing a serious uptick in sales and hiring. Plus freelance marketplaces are thriving. Many companies are offering training for newly established jobs created to sell new products needed during the pandemic .
That said –
Career and hiring pros say even if you aren’t actually applying for a job it’s best to keep networking – to keep your skills up to date. In short, the more you network and relationship-build – strengthen and improve your skills – the more you participate in the overall process of getting a job, the more prepared you’ll be when the job you are seeking becomes available or the job market opens up.
Here’s 7 Tips to help you stay job search active:
1) If you apply and don’t receive a response, wait two weeks and email the hiring manager, including a copy of your resume and link to your LinkedIn Profile.
Make note you understand how busy they are; keep your message brief and to the point. Be clear, from word one, when reminding the HR pro what you can achieve for that company and what your top skills are. Make note if this is a company you do want to work for and make a statement about it’s culture, mission or goals in order to show your interest and help capture their attention. If you have been interviewed, be sure to say think you. And periodically send them an email ‘touching base’.
2) ‘Follow’ companies and hiring pros. Read their blogs, make industry comments and comments which relate to topics presented but also show your expertise. Don’t try to overtly sell yourself; be professional.
3) Regularly network online. Participate in online live workshops, in virtual events, for example. Interact, make professional comments which present your industry skills. If possible, ask several participants to become LinkedIn connections. When they do, make it a point to email them regularly to discuss topics of interest, share resources and get-a-job strategies.
4) Join LinkedIn Groups in your industry and regularly participate. Join in the conversation, comment on posts of others to show your interest and expertise. Post relevant articles which also help show your expertise. In short, make yourself visible and known as a professional who is experienced in that field.
5) Join your college and/or university alumni group on LinkedIn. Try reconnecting with old friends and class members. First – look them up and gather current background info to have information to discuss and comment on. Think back and try to remember things you both participated in during college, things you have in common, for example. It makes reconnecting that much easier. Ask them to become a LinkedIn connection. Regularly connect and share job info.
6) Prepare yourself for virtual interviews – this is the way of the future. Laura Labovitch, CEO of The Career Strategy Group in Bethesda, Md. says “Have a friend ask you questions on camera. Discover the best on-camera poses when interviewing.” Additionally – practice using your voice in a way which projects, shows interest and helps you engage the interviewer, for example.
7) Perform research on companies you’d like to work for. Aside from general company info, check out online reviews – how do they treat their customers? Check out their Facebook page; what are they promoting or presenting? Discover if this is a company culture you’d like working in and would thrive in or is it toxic? If it’s toxic, employees will frequently make negative remarks on social sites.
Consider slightly changing job search methods you use, and the path you take, in order to continue successfully navigating these unpredictable times. But don’t give up.
* Do something job-search related daily – regardless how small.
* Regularly sign on to LinkedIn; check your messages and notifications; respond to emails received.
* Periodically send a LinkedIn connection an article or info related to their industry – you know they’ll appreciate – along with a brief message. In short – stay active.
* Update your LinkedIn Page with work-related videos and graphics. Remember to provide links to view vids.
* Stay socially connected; respond to posts made on social platforms you use.
* Start a blog – add your portfolio and some background info. Write posts about topics of interest to people in your industry who would connect or want to hire you.
* Find a good free keyword software to find Power words and Keywords which best describe your skills and experience. Add several into your Resume and/or LinkedIn Profile.
*This is a good time to add to your Recommendations.
*Hold an online meeting with a group of your connections; share resources, get-a-job suggestions, motivational tips.