Many companies have put hiring on hold as they manage their business during the covid-19 pandemic. Many of us are not able to leave our homes right now and have a little extra time on our hands. If you are on a job search, here are 10 ideas to keep you fresh in the minds of potential employers:
First Impressions Are Critical
- Record a professional voicemail greeting on your cell phone. It only takes a few minutes at most and it will leave a big impression if a potential employer calls you. No kids or dogs in the background, please!
- Update your resume and cover letter. Check for spelling mistakes. Have someone else proofread it for you and get their feedback. When a potential employer receives a resume full of grammatical mistakes it’s going to be rejected right off the bat.
- When a potential employer does reach out to you, get back to them in a timely manner. Preferably within hours when possible and definitely within 24 hours.
- Research companies you’re interested in thoroughly so that when you do connect with a hiring manager, you’re impressively informed and ready to ask thoughtful questions.
Expand Your Professional Network
- Continue applying for jobs as you see postings, but also take the time to reach out to a recruiter that specializes in your field. Their professional network is larger than yours and they may be working with companies that are still hiring. At the very least, once companies start hiring again, you will be fresh in their minds for possible opportunities.
- Utilize LinkedIn. You can connect personally with both recruiters as well as hiring managers at companies on your wish list. Post articles, helpful links and comments to others’ posts on LinkedIn to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry.
Create A Career Glow Up
- Learn or refresh needed skills on sites like Udemy.
- Review and update your LinkedIn profile. Swap out that picture taken 10 years ago for a more recent, professional pic. Ask colleagues, clients and mentors for recommendations which can be posted on your profile, which builds your credibility.
- If you’re in a field where an online portfolio is used, take the time to update it. If you don’t have one, then now is the time to make one! Be proactive.
- Use your extra time to do good. Connect with non-profits in your community, like United Way, and give back to help others less fortunate.
Keep your spirits up! Things will come back around eventually. Remember, we’re all in this together!