Finding Your Perfect Job During COVID-19

By Jeanne Remik, Regional Manager

As government unemployment payouts are set to decrease, a large percentage of America’s unemployed population will be looking to return to the workforce. Whether you’re a recent college graduate seeking an entry-level role, a laid-off tenured industry professional looking to get back in the saddle, or a currently-employed worker craving a fresh start with a new organization, here are some tips to finding a new position.

Consider contract labor

It’s clear that many companies will be hesitant to commit to long-term direct employees until our world puts COVID-19 in the rearview mirror. The gig economy has thrived in recent years, and its popularity has only continued to rise since the outbreak of the pandemic. As such, all job seekers should consider contract labor as a legitimate employment opportunity. Working as a contractor or consultant is a perfect way to forge relationships with new companies and prove yourself in the workplace in the hope of securing greater job stability in the months ahead.

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Focus on alternative industries that are in “hiring mode”

While many industries have been forced to make significant reductions to their workforces, some segments of the business world have actually been looking to augment their companies with added talent. Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen an uptick in demand for workers at banks and financial institutions. Due to infrastructure projects, we’ve also witnessed a rise in the number of hires made by construction and engineering firms nationwide. And, of course, manufacturers of personal protective equipment have shown no signs of slowing down, either. Whether you desire white-collar work or would prefer a blue-collar gig, work opportunities are becoming more available by the day.

Utilize social media

As companies attempt to maintain their online presence and increase brand awareness on social media, now is the perfect time to study up on different organizations that you find appealing. Use this time to become well-versed in industry lingo. Examine the organization’s website or LinkedIn page to find out more about their mission, vision, and values. If you’re fortunate enough to secure an interview with the company, you’ll be able to impress the hiring manager or recruiter with your knowledge of the organization and have a leg-up on your competition.

Stay active

Ultimately, the more active you are in your search for employment opportunities, the greater your chances will be of finding the role that’s right for you. In this business climate, the odds of a job landing in your lap are slim. Your diligence and dedication will eventually be rewarded, so don’t grow discouraged by a lack of progress. Rather, use this as motivation to continue to drive you forward. Keep your eyes, ears, and options open – you never know what could come your way!

Have a question for Jeanne? Email her at remikj@acarasolutions.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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