What does the pandemic mean for job seekers?
The job market is still there. If you have been hesitating to apply for jobs now, fearing an unwelcome job market because of Covid-19, take the plunge. Many companies have found that their customers are returning and that revenue is beginning to approximate pre-pandemic levels. However, be sure you want the change and are not reacting to a temporary situation. Robin’s Resumes® has had many folks contact us who want to change jobs but are not focused on what the changes may do to their careers. Be sure not to seek any job just because you do not like your current situation. We offer coaching services to help you find the right situation and then change jobs. We have succeeded in helping several senior- and junior-level folks to identify the right positions to apply for and then create job-winning packages for them during the pandemic.
Virtual interviews are common. Many companies will continue to depend on virtual interviews of job seekers even after the pandemic. If you already have Zoom or another videoconferencing system set up on your office computer, now is the time to check that your background is professional, your sound system is working clearly, and you radiate confidence in front of the camera. If needed, arrange to have your picture removed from the screen, so you are not tempted to look at yourself during conversations with someone else.
Masks are expected. If you have been lax about wearing a mask, you may want to rethink that: 60% of US companies recently surveyed state that masks will be part of their employee dress code. Purchase or sew masks that fit over your mouth and nose and feel comfortable. Check online for hacks to fix masks if they interfere with your glasses or feel too tight. Use the mask when you are applying for a job in person and assume your workplace will require them.
Most companies are prioritizing safety. Ask about workplace policies related to Covid-19. If you have a condition that affects your immunity or otherwise makes you more vulnerable to Covid-19, you are probably already primed to ask questions. But you should find out about company policies in any case so that you do not inadvertently put yourself or your fellow employees in danger.
Political discussions are inappropriate. Whether or not you agree with the way governments and corporations are handling the pandemic, avoid political discussions, especially when you are applying for a job. A survey by the staffing firm Robert Half revealed that only 21% of employees believe it is appropriate to discuss politics at work. For job seekers, discretion is a good idea; you may want to remove political statements from your social media.
Work environments are changing. Be prepared for a different work environment. More than 90% of companies are creating social distance guidelines and reconfiguring workspaces.
If you need guidance in readying yourself and your resume while applying for a job during the Covid-19 pandemic, please contact Robin’s Resumes®.