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Finding A New Job During The Pandemic


Pandemic Job Facts:

Finding job opportunities during the pandemic may require a focus on remote positions, freelancing, and consulting.

If you worked in any of the following industries pre-pandemic, it’s probably wise to take some free or low-cost online skills that can grant new skills and certifications.

  • Restaurants
  • Travel
  • Hospitality
  • Retail

The groups hardest hit by the pandemic have been young, less educated, female and minority workers.

The States hardest hit by the pandemic for job loss are:

  • Michigan
  • Hawaii
  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky
  • Rhode Island

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Shifting industry hiring patterns, changes to how and where we work, and high unemployment ensure that you as a jobseeker need to be prepared to weather these realities and make it to the top of the hiring stack.

If you’ve been thinking about a career switch and you’ve just lost your job, now is the time. Take the time off and capitalize on learning the main skills required for the field you want to move into, tailor your resume to get you an interview, and keep a spreadsheet with all of the positions you applied to along with their contact information so you can follow-up.

Is Your Resume Perfect?

Well, it doesn’t need to be perfect. However, what it does need to be is error-free, fully updated, and customized for each type of position you are applying for. Tailor resumes that accentuate skills in your past positions and experiences that apply to the positions you are applying for. If you just throw a single resume out there that’s generic as can be, that’s like throwing darts at a dartboard that is a hundred feet away. But I’m sure you’d rather throw your darts at the dartboard that’s ten feet away instead. Make sure your resume is posted online where it can easily be seen by potential employers. LinkedIn and Job Boards are the perfect places to list your resume to allow for some organic inbound marketing of your personal brand. You can even take this a step further by listing your resume on job boards and sites specific to your industry (like on HealthcareConsultant if you’re looking to find a career in the healthcare industry) and optimizing your resume for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) by taking keywords for your industry and applying those to your own resume.

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Are You Looking For A Job In The Right Places?

Utilize your network. Reach out to people you know who are in the industries you’re looking to break into, or know someone in those industries. Ask them to review your resume, if they know of any companies that are hiring, can give you a professional reference, the list is endless. Meet new people on LinkedIn that are doing what you want to be doing; connect with them, ask them if they have time to chat with you about their career.

Understand the hiring trends that have emerged as a result of the pandemic. With all the industries that have taken a beating (above) there are a couple that have really flourished, technology and healthcare. See if anything in those industries strikes you as interesting or see how you can apply your current skills to those industries. During this recession, it seems that freelance work and remote work are the new thing. What skills do you have that can make you valuable to them? What skills can you acquire that will help you land that position to make yourself more valuable?

Skills, Skills, Skills

I’ve written a lot in this blog post about how you should acquire new skills for finding that new position. Well, there are a multitude of different avenues you can take to acquire these skills. Websites like Coursera, edX, and Udemy can help you to level up your game and get the certification and skills on your resume to land that next gig. Those sites have lots of content for free, they just won’t give you the certificate unless you pay for it. Additional resources like Youtube are also great for niche-specific skill acquisition, just look up a beginners course to anything, really.

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Am I Competitive Enough?

Is a question you should ask yourself when you’re hitting the street applying for these new positions. Know your skills, worth, and passions. What makes you stick out from another candidate? What do you have that they don’t? What can you start that someone else likely hasn’t? For instance, to set myself apart from others, I’ve created a very large social media following on the Instagram platform in a variety of niches. Not only does this bring me in a little side cash, but it is a skill I am confident in talking about and sharing with employers because it shows I know how to brand, build, and engage with a large audience with wildly different interests on a daily basis. Make sure that you know your value and you are able to effectively communicate that value with people who are looking to hire.

Where do I see myself in a year?

This is a very critical question. The pandemic isn’t going to last forever, we will have a vaccine eventually. So don’t make aggressive job changes or career decisions that can impact you for years to come, if you don’t want to stick to them. If you’ve been laid off and you’re really strapped for cash, it’s understandable to be in a rush for any sort of employment. There’s an argument to be made here that you should keep coming home at night and putting in those applications for the position you really want to be in. Where do you want to be in a year, post-Covid?

Find A Job During The Pandemic
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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