The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to individuals, businesses, and industries across the United States. As the crisis continues, it’s important for each of us to be able to adapt to changing economic and social circumstances as rapidly and effectively as possible. It’s also important that we take advantage of the present moment as much as we can. Most of us have a lot of free time on our hands right now. Why not put it to optimal use? Why not embrace this as an opportunity to reflect deeply on our current career paths, and even to possibly start looking for new job opportunities?
Stand Out from the Crowd While Working from Home
There are many of us out there who were starting to think about finding a new employer even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you belong to that group, there are several things that you can do right now to increase your chances of finding a new job that you’ll love after the crisis has passed.
Here are some simple and effective ways to start catching the eyes of potential employers during the pandemic:
- Start polishing your resume and social media profiles. Even in normal times, it’s important to keep your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile regularly updated. But now you have an opportunity to return to each of these assets and do the extensive cleaning-up that you’ve meant to do for years.
- Keep your skills sharp. When businesses finally begin to reopen, employers are going to be in dire need of employees who have continued to hone their professional skills while the world was in lockdown. No matter what specific skills you happen to have on your resume, try to make it a point to keep practicing them while working from home. If you keep your professional skills sharp, you’ll be one of those precious few professionals who will be able to quickly return to business as usual once the crisis has ended. And that, more than anything else, will make you an invaluable asset to employers.
- Brush up on your virtual interviewing skills. At this point, we can reasonably expect virtual interviewing to be the norm for the foreseeable future. While interviewing via Zoom or Google Hangouts is, in many ways, quite similar to in-person interviews, they also differ in important ways. As a consequence, it’s important to be able to practice interviewing in a virtual setting so that you can be as calm and at-ease as possible the next time you speak with an employer via webcam.
Thankfully, there are tons of online resources out there that can help you to practice your virtual interviewing skills. Here are a few that we recommend:
Start Searching for Your Next Exciting Career Opportunity
Working with a professional recruiting agency is another great way to jumpstart your job search while working from home. If you’re ready to start searching for your next exciting career opportunity, PrideStaff can help. Contact us today to get started!