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How to Job Search During a Pandemic

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

For transitioning veterans or veterans looking for a new career, right now may seem like the worst time to be on the job hunt. Due to the public health emergency of COVID-19, unemployment numbers are staggeringly high, and for many areas of the country, the “new normal” seems like a long way away. 

As a result, you may feel the need to pause your job search until the economy returns to a more normal pace. However, keep in mind that there are many industries that are still hiring and desperately need a robust workforce at this time, including tech support, distribution and supply chain, and of course healthcare. If you act now, you will be ahead of your peers who are also looking for a career. 

Here are some action items that you can be doing now to help position you for a career once companies are ready to start ramping up their hiring needs.

Take time to evaluate

With social distancing mandates and stay at home orders in effect for many states, many are finding themselves with extra time. If you do not have other obligations, use this time to really dig deep on the type of role and even the type of industry that you want in your next career. Your Recruiter will be a huge asset in helping you determine what roles would be the best fit for you. If you haven’t already done so, register on our site to get started speaking with a Recruiter today.

There are also plenty of books that can help give direction to your career search. Use this time to read one or two books on topics such as leadership and management, manufacturing and engineering, and sales. We’ve put together a suggested reading list to help you get started.

Network

Now is the perfect time to start networking, and LinkedIn is the premier resource. LinkedIn is the most powerful social network for building your personal brand and growing your network.  If you haven’t yet created an account, use this time as the perfect opportunity to get started, or polish up your profile. LinkedIn offers a one year subscription to LinkedIn Premium for transitioning military and veterans to help with your career search. In addition, listen to our podcast on how to leverage LinkedIn in your job search.

Practice your job search skills

Start working on all aspects of the job search process, from your resume to interview preparation and beyond. Fine tune your resume, brush up on your interview skills, and familiarize yourself with additional transition preparation. We have created an interactive military transition resource guide to help you throughout every step of the process. 

With more companies switching over to a virtual platform, check out our virtual interview preparation page, filled with podcasts, testimonials, and an extensive list of tips to help ensure your virtual interview experience is a success.

Communicate

If you are currently in the interview process, it is important to understand that companies are adjusting to a new way of tackling the hiring process. Understand that HR managers and hiring authorities are extremely busy right now to ensure that everything is continuing to run smoothly. As a result, your resume or follow-up interview may have fallen through the cracks. 

Be patient, communicative, and understanding with any hiring managers that you have been in contact with. Continue to follow-up within reasonable timelines, and send thank you emails for any interviews that you may have. 

Orion is here to help throughout the hiring process during this unprecedented time. Along with our robust virtual interview resources guide, we are working diligently to find rewarding careers for our transitioning military members and veterans. Register now to start working with Orion.