Job Search in Turbulent Times


 By John Joseph and Barbara Schultz | CNC Board Members and Career Coaches | Co-Facilitators of Monday Morning Job Search Work Team

 

The coronavirus is going to impact all job seekers. Companies will continue to hire but the pathways to jobs have new speedbumps. Here are recommended practices for job search in turbulent times.   

 1.    Rekindle and expand your network.  Think of it this way. A substantially larger number of people are working from home.  They want breaks from their job. They want to socialize. They need to socialize. Take advantage of this.  Reach out to your LinkedIn connections and arrange virtual coffees. 

2.    Folks you reach out to may be focused on personal situations impacting their lives.  Be politely persistent in arranging virtual coffees. Follow-up frequently.

3.    Liking a post on LinkedIn is one way to keep your name out there, but there are more effective ways. Comment on a post you see in LinkedIn.  This will make your name appear more often in LinkedIn searches.

4.    Better yet, author a Point of View for posting on LinkedIn.  Do a little research. Pen a piece on how coronavirus is affecting people in your industry.  Here are two links for how to publish articles on LinkedIn.  https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/47538/creating-articles-on-linkedin?lang=en  

https://www.dummies.com/social-media/linkedin/publish-article-linkedin/  

5.    Review and update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Even in ordinary times, the conventional wisdom professional coaches give is to update your profile every 90 days.  This will ensure you stay visible and generate awareness of you and your credentials.

6.    Make sure you are prepared for increased video conferences.  Set up a Skype or Zoom video session with a friend. See how you look. Is the lighting good or are you in shadows?  Do you have the angle of your computer set appropriately or will the interviewer only be seeing the top of your head?  What’s on the wall behind you? Is it distracting? How about your voice? Does your voice sound like you’re in an echo chamber?  And very importantly, do you have sufficient bandwidth or does your image come across jumbled?

7.    According to a recent article in runnersworld.com, “Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. Be sure you know what’s going on in your area and if there are any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines. And, if you’re sick or at-risk of spreading the virus, you shouldn’t go out.” 

 You may think that job hiring will slow down due to the Coronavirus.  That may happen but we’re not seeing it yet. One of our Monday morning Job Search Work Team members received a job offer on Tuesday.  Additionally, in a conversation with a Board member this morning, he identified 12 jobs his Company is conducting searches for. Keep your foot on the job search gas pedal!




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