By | Kalin Kassabov | Founder and CEO of ProTexting.com
Searching for a job always requires a well-planned strategy. In this era of Covid-19, however, you will face unique challenges. Many businesses are scaling back operations. In-person interviews may not be possible for the foreseeable future. You need to be extra diligent and creative to find a job under these conditions. Let’s explore some guidelines for setting goals so you can find a great job during these trying times.
Focus on industries that are hiring.
There has been quite a bit of focus on businesses closing and people out of work since the Covid-19 situation began last year. However, the news isn’t all bleak. While certain industries are postponing or cutting back on hiring, others are actively hiring. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, for example, that there were 6.6 million job openings as of the end of December 2020. In general, companies in sectors such as transportation, deliveries, communications technology and online learning are booming.
Develop an online networking strategy.
Online networking on social media and video communication tools such as Skype and Zoom have been growing for years, long before the pandemic. In fact, the internet is often the most efficient way to conduct job searches even during normal times. When it’s difficult to travel and meet people in person, however, it’s even more important to build your online presence and make sure you have the skills and tools you need.
• Optimize your presence on LinkedIn. This is the time to strengthen your profile on LinkedIn and make sure you’ve included essential elements such as a professional photo and a thorough keyword-rich description. Another tip that can differentiate you from other candidates is to create a video intro for your job listing.