5 PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO JOB SEARCH WHILE IN QUARANTINE
Whether you’ve been furloughed, laid off, considered “essential,” or working from home, the coronavirus has impacted your career in some way. Depending on how you have been affected, there is no better time than the present to begin or continue your job search. Below you’ll find five easy actions to aid you in your search for your next position.
1. USE THIS TIME TO REFLECT
We all have different motivations that keep us engaged at our job. Motivations can include compensation, opportunity for professional growth, opportunity for advancement, leadership/mentoring/coaching responsibilities, benefits, etc. Also, consider what you really enjoy about your current role and what you disliked. Knowing what motivates you and what you enjoy about the work you do will help you review job descriptions differently. You will be more apt to seek out roles that meet your needs and screen out roles that will not.
2. RESEARCH COMPANY REVIEWS ON GLASSDOOR
Companies really showed their true colors during the coronavirus crisis, both good and bad. Think about the type of company you’d like to work for, their values, mission, employee benefits and of course, their action (or inaction) during the crisis. Investigate companies on Glassdoor by reading employee reviews and benefits, salaries for different positions, CEO ratings, and information on interviewing with the company.
3. UPDATE YOUR RESUME
It’s time to review your resume for things that are outdated, need to be updated, new jobs/skills/responsibilities/education. Remove items that are considered “old school” like a References, Objective, or Hobbies section. Now is your time to polish your resume in order to stand out among the other candidates.
4. CREATE COVER LETTERS FOR DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES
Some applications require you to provide a cover letter, a document to help quickly introduce yourself, your background/skills, and your motivation and interest in the role for which you are applying. Although it is not as common on applications these days, having a “plug and play” cover letter is nice to have on hand while you are applying to positions.
5. REACH OUT TO YOUR NETWORK
Reconnect with your network and let them know you are in the job market. You can do this through social media (LinkedIn is a great place to start), giving them a call, or sending them a text – all social distancing approved! Be genuine when you check in with them and when the timing feels right, let them know you are in the job market and ask them if they happen to have any job leads to send them your way. Reconnecting with your network is a great way to stay social while in isolation/quarantine/lockdown but also can have its benefits with connecting you with a new opportunity!
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