Why You Shouldn’t Stop Applying Now: A Covid-19 Special Blog
Unemployment numbers have skyrocketed in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Companies are laying off and others are freezing hiring until further notice. Jobless workers are left to wonder: should I even bother applying?
The answer is, YES!
Despite the fact that many companies have ceased hiring for now, that is not the case for all. However, with people applying now more than ever, you will have a lot more competition.
- How can you make yourself stand out?
- Are there other ways to finding a job, other than just applying on LinkedIn?
Now is the time to get crafty with your job applications. Here is how to market yourself and better your chances of finding a new job amidst the coronavirus crisis.
Networking can be extremely beneficial during your job search. Now is a great time to tap your resources and try to get insider information. People who already work within companies have better insight into what jobs are opening up and can potentially help get your resume directly to the hiring director.
Use technology to your advantage. Send out emails to friends or relatives to see if their company is hiring. Message recruiters on LinkedIn. Now is the time to be resourceful and try to make as many personal connections as possible.
Quality over Quantity
It’s not the amount of jobs you apply to – it’s how much effort you put into the application. Customize the heck out of your resume and cover letter, explain how you can solve their problems. Why should they hire you? This is a sales pitch!
Be Patient & Adaptable
Continue to pursue the job the way you normally would. Let the hiring manager know that you are interested and willing to work as soon as possible. Just because hiring is now fully remote doesn’t change the fact that recruiters want to know that you are interested and serious about the position.
Just because hiring has declined doesn’t mean you should stop applying. There are still companies that are looking, and the sooner you apply to the job, the better. Remember to reach out to industry contacts, stay positive, and tell show your enthusiasm for the position.
The job market will eventually return to normal – but until then, all we can do is put ourselves out there!