During this time, you may be wondering if you should continue sending out resumes and applying for jobs as companies have moved to remote work or furloughed employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
I suggest taking this time to keep networking and actively working on your job search or explore how a staffing company can be a helpful resource to you. As the openings that you were interested in or applied for may be on hold right now, that doesn’t mean they won’t come back available as companies adjust to their new normal or make plans to move back to the office.
Tailor Your Resume: Use this extra time to perfect your resume. If you are looking to land a specific job, take note of what skills and qualifications are required and how the description of the job is worded. Use that information to customize your resume with keywords, phrases, and experiences that the posting uses to increase your chances of being noticed. Take a look at our resume recommendations and free template if you are unsure of how to revamp your resume.
Utilize Social Media: Complete your LinkedIn profile. Spend time describing your past employment experience using keywords that hiring managers in your industry are likely to search for. Don’t forget to write a summary and include a professional photo. Also, know your online reputation. Be sure that your Facebook and Instagram profiles align with what you are trying to achieve in your career search.
Network: Become comfortable networking online. Reach out to former colleagues and classmates. You never know who they might know working at a company that you have been targeting and trying to land an interview with. Use LinkedIn and Facebook to find people who work for those employers and you may find someone who you have a connection with; reach out to them to expand your network.
Although the world may have slowed down lately, your job search doesn’t have to. During this time, it is important to focus on what is in our control. Updating your resume, expanding your network, and building your personal brand are all things that you can control!
Jill grew up in Wahoo, NE and attended college at Midland University where she graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and business administration. In September of 2013, Jill joined Celebrity Staff’s Lincoln team where she is currently a recruiter. She enjoys interviewing and building relationships with each candidate to assist them in their career path. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband, Ethan, traveling with her family, and attending sporting events.