Living in lock-down the past few months has been terrifying and unprecedented. It is nerve wracking to think we must get “back to normal”. What will our new “normal” even look like? As we all make this journey together, it is important to remember that we, as a community, must keep moving forward and help our communities thrive again. If you were laid-off, furloughed, caught in a hiring freeze or had your hours reduced – keep reading!
- Utilize your network. Let your circle know that you are available for employment immediately. This way people will reach out when they hear of an opportunity through their own network. Make sure your resume and cover letter are completely up-to-date and finalized. Allow people in your close network to submit your information on your behalf if they have openings within their own organizations.
- Become a pro at phone & video interviews. This may very well become the new standard of interviewing, at least in the preliminary stages. Video interviews can feel awkward if you’re not comfortable. Check your surroundings that can be seen or heard on video. You want the background to look clean, tidy and well-lit. For video interviews, dress as if you were having an in-person interview. Also, it is a good idea to keep water nearby should you start to feel parched while doing a phone interview.
- Tailor your resume and application for each job you apply for. I know, it is a lot of work. It pays off, though! You want to highlight your most relevant experience that is transferrable to each job you are applying for. For example, let’s say you are looking to get back into the Life Sciences Industry even though you haven’t worked in that industry for several years. Really highlight your experience within that industry! Include keywords pertaining to that industry in order to help your resume come up in Applicant Tracking System searches conducted by company recruiters. Mention in your “Objective” and/or cover letter that you want to be a part of the Life Sciences industry again.
- Consider a temporary or contract job. This could be the time when you branch out and try something new. Many temporary and contract jobs evolve into full-time positions, which we call temp-to-hire. Regardless, even if the position is truly temporary, it will allow you to gain experience, meet new people (think networking!), brush up on your skill sets and most importantly – make money!
We are all in this journey together, and as we navigate through these challenging times, McCallion Staffing is here to help you land on your feet and start the next chapter! Contact us today at 215-855-8000 to speak to one of our recruiters.
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