If you’re unemployed and need to get back to work, you’re probably feeling a sense of urgency. Getting a job during the corona pandemic isn’t really harder than it was before the outbreak, but it’s a different process getting there.
Here are a few things you can do to maximize your job-search efforts, and, maybe even get an interview!
Getting a job is a job in itself
Make job-searching your unpaid full-time job. Take it seriously. Get up early, shower, dress, and head to your job. Right now, your job is looking for a job. That means being on your computer or phone several hours a day.
Claim a space in your home and dedicate it to your uninterrupted job search. Take job-searching seriously and treat it like a job. You might be surprised how quickly you can get yourself back into a paying job.
No man is an island
Talk to people. I won’t use the N word (networking) because I personally don’t like getting out there and talking to a bunch of people about my professional self. But it’s something you need to do to tap into the hidden job market. I know, I know – very cliche, but very true.
The hidden job market is alive and well. Get on your phone and talk to people – the right people. This can be friends, family, old coworkers, old bosses….make a couple of calls everyday. Above all, talk to reputable recruiters. Get a few professional recruiters who know what they’re doing in your pipeline.
Squirm but adapt
Push yourself out of your professional comfort zone. So you’re an airplane mechanic – great, but maybe you’ll have to sit on your phone doing customer service for Telus or someone. It’ll be only temporary, so don’t sweat it. You’ll know how far out of your comfort zone you’ll have to go once you identify the growth industries who are hiring.
This is one of the things you do in a serious job-search – find out where the jobs are. If it’s an industry you’ve never worked in before, go look at my article, 3 Tips for Landing a Job Interview (in an industry you’ve never worked in).
There are a few ways to get yourself into a job during the corona pandemic.
There’s always the “in the right place at the right time” good fortune, but these days, job opportunities aren’t really falling from the sky.
It’s going to take a combination of networking, which is really just talking to people, and a G.D. amazing resume that’s going to make the employer or recruiter say, “Why the hell isn’t this guy working here already!”
Do 1, 2, 3, above and grab your free copy of:
HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME!
You’ll be back to work in no time.
Terri is an expert resume-writer and a pretty good job coach. During her 30 years in the conventional work force, Terri was fired from 11 jobs, got laid off from 2 jobs, quit 3 jobs, sued 1 employer (successfully), made another cry, and wrote over 100 resumes for herself alone! Since embracing the good old “take this job and shove it” attitude, Terri decided to put all of her shitty “workin’ for the man” experiences and life-lessons to good use, and thus was born www.goresumepro.ca/blog. Enjoy!