Great Tips for an Effective Job Search During the Covid-Crisis
July 27, 2020
If you find yourself in the position of searching for a new job right now and are putting out effort to find something, consider that effort alone a win for your day. There are some ways you can make this process easier on you and that’s the focus of this week’s Fast Five. Stick to a process, have patience, and find ways to manage any stress or anxiety you’re feeling.
Before getting into these tips, remember being organized and tracking your effort is critical. It helps you understand what you’ve done, what you want to do next, and gives you something to look at and feel proud of because all of it is effort you put out and that is a job well done. Using a free CRM software is a good way to track your efforts and build contacts. Here's a Google link to explore.
If you’re just getting started, check out this group of articles for a solid starting point to ground yourself in.
1. If you’re actively applying to jobs, make sure you’re a really good fit. Given there are a lot of people looking for work, you have to consider yourself a 9 out of 10 for the job. If you don’t think you’re that close and want to apply any way call it out in your intro letter. Let them know you’re interested but you also know that you might “be overqualified” or whatever the condition is that keeps you from being the perfect fit. That shows you are paying attention and have respect for the receiver of your message.
2. Build relationships with people at companies you’re interested in joining. This is absolutely essential. Make new connections with people who you would be working for or alongside and open up real conversations. It’s really a break from the grind of submitting a job application.
3. Use a give-and-take mindset when making new connections. Realize you and the person you’re establishing contact with have something to offer and approach what you say with that in mind. It feels good.
4. If you can enhance your skill set through online learning, DO IT. It gives you something to focus on that helps you long-term, gives you relief from any agony you might be feeling, and is something to talk about when you are working to make new connections as well as thinking of what to write in an intro letter.
5. Consider industries and companies you haven’t previously thought about. Most jobs and professions exist in many industries. To spur thought and ideas, try dropping your current job title into the job search section of major resources such as LinkedIn and Indeed to see what comes up inside of 20 miles of your home zip code.
6. Make a list of things you’re proud of about yourself and read it throughout the day. Being able to have and maintain a positive mindset is everything. If you can do that throughout your day you are winning even if nothing else produces results.