Today, many people are struggling to find employment. Due to COVID-19 and the various financial impacts the pandemic has had on our economy, people need reassurance. While so many people are unemployed, there are ways to leverage your job search with an optimistic view. So how does one navigate the job search process? Here are a few suggestions to help make your job search a little easier:
When job eliminations and layoffs take place some employers provide an outplacement service for impacted employees. This resource can provide the encouragement needed to repurpose your career. Outplacement services provide classes, assessments, resume overview, training, job banks and so much more for their clients. Individuals who may want to utilize this time to transition and embark on new industries can benefit from outplacement services. Take advantage of this employer-paid benefit. These professionals have everything right at their fingertips to help job seekers. Some even allow you to continue to have access to your online profile even after clients have reached their deadline.
Don’t rule out the programs at the unemployment office. These programs are rich in activities and professional individuals who can help you find jobs and career fairs. Additionally, they also have specific programs and resources for individuals who meet certain criteria. Some unemployment offices provide training on how to effectively apply for government positions. Contact your local office to see when the next class is offered. If one is not currently scheduled for your area, perhaps one in a neighboring area is. There also may be handouts you can use while waiting to attend the next offered class.
LinkedIn is a great way to spearhead your job search. Profiles with an all-star status appear in the recruiter’s search which is why it is recommended to have this status tagged to your profile. As a result, some recruiters will reach out to you based on your profile. Also, the easy apply option allows candidates to apply for jobs with just a few clicks. Once you click on this option, your LinkedIn resume will be submitted along with a few additional questions you may have to answer (this varies depending on the company). Your following organizations of interest will provide updates for vacant positions they are seeking to fill. Be sure that when you create or modify your LinkedIn profile your settings indicate you are actively seeking employment.
Google & Company Alerts
Try setting up Google Alerts for vacant positions at organizations of interest. When a vacancy becomes available an application can be submitted right away. Sometimes organizations will allow you to check a box to receive notifications for future or similar postings. Receiving these types of updates will remove some of the job search leg work that can appear to be a full-time job in itself.
This website allows you to copy and paste your resume, cover letter, and job description to obtain a numerical rate/percentage. Using this feature will enable you to revise your resume to highlight keywords. Once you are able to modify your resume and/cover letter you will most likely get your application through an applicant tracking system for the job you are applying for. A free account enables two resume scans a month, a premium account will give users unlimited scans for $49.95 a month or $89.95 for three months after a free 30-day trial period.
Balancecareers.com is a website that provides guidance and recommendations for job seekers. They have a very comprehensive website that includes a list of organizations currently recruiting, articles for individuals seeking employment, guides (cover letter, resume), interview types, and job listings.
Some of the suggestions they provide could be overlooked. Check them out, there will definitely be useful content to find. Here is a list the 10 best job search sites of 2021.
- Indeed: Best Overall
- Monster: Runner-Up, Best Overall
- Glassdoor: Best for Employer Insights
- FlexJobs: Best for Remote Jobs
- The Ladders: Best for Experienced Managers
- AngelList: Best for Startup Jobs
- LinkedIn: Best for Connecting Directly With Recruiters
- LinkUp: Best for Up-to-Date Listings
- Scouted: Best for Recent College Graduates
- Snagajob: Best for Hourly Jobs
In conclusion, keep in mind that strategy and tracking methods should be used when applying for jobs. Unemployment benefits require the submission of two jobs a week in some areas. It is important to create some sort of tracking mechanism that works for you. There is nothing more embarrassing than answering your phone for a job you can’t recall. Consider emailing yourself a copy of the job description and application. In the subject line include the organization, title of the position, and the date you submitted your application. A spreadsheet can also be a good way to track your job search progress, this will also beneficial for follow-ups in the future.
Looking for a job can be an overwhelming experience. Planning your course of action can take the anxiety out of your search.
I’m wishing you much success!
Sanéa A. Pinkney is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Professional and the founder of The CVO Suite 347, an executive virtual office boutique.