The coronavirus pandemic has caused the loss of 26 million jobs in the United States. The economy is virtually at a standstill as people isolate themselves at home. Naturally, everyone is anxious to get through this thing and back to work. After the virus abates, many will be able to return to their former jobs, while others, for one reason or another, may find themselves in a position of having to undertake a job search.

If you plan on looking for a job, there are things you can do now to hit the ground running when the economy starts moving again.

1. An explanation for seeking a new job

Take the time now to work up an explanation of why you are looking for a new job. Needless to say, the job market is not at all good now, nor will it be for the foreseeable future. Employers may wonder why you chose now to look for a new job when conditions are so bad.

If you don’t have a credible explanation, the employer may assume you are looking because you have to, because you are being let go.

When interviewing, you need to tailor your presentation to the employer evaluating you. Focus on why you want to work at that particular company, what excites or interests and attracts you about the place.

2. Description of what you did while isolating

Even though you are sheltering in place, employers will want to know what you did with your time, how you kept your skills and knowledge sharp and current. You can still do things like take courses online, do volunteer work online, and participate in professional discussion groups on social media.

Keep a log of all your learning activities while sheltering in place, so you can refer to it when job searching.

3. Put together a work sample

Some employers want to see examples of your work. You can take the time while isolating to put together a portfolio of your work.
4. Prepare for interviews

In the future, interviews are much more likely to be done by video or over the phone. While similar to those done in-person, they are not the same, and you need to prepare for them differently. There are many articles online describing how to do this. But take the time now to practice doing these types of interviews.

5. Gather references

Now is also a good time, while stuck at home, to put together a list of people who would be willing to be professional references. Put together a list of people and their contact information.

Another way to help with the job search is using a staffing agency like Winston Resources. We know how to prepare you for the job search and put you in touch with employers looking for people. Give us a call today.

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