Job searching, like everything else, has changed over the past year. In-person interviews and career fairs are not as common as they once were. How are you supposed to compete with the sea of other applicants when you can’t distinguish yourself in-person? Below are a few tactics to add to your hunt during a pandemic.
Build a strong digital presence
Employers increasingly rely on social media to source for potential candidates. A powerful LinkedIn profile that promotes your background and skills will go a long way in ensuring recruiters find your in their searches. Make sure your Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. are clean and up to date in case employers decide to dive a little deeper into your online presence. If you have a portfolio of your work, be sure to display that on your social media accounts or your own website. Further, be certain to update your resume on any job boards.
Don’t simply wait for the right job to become available. Are you interested in a specific company or industry? Start connecting with recruiters and hiring managers on social media that work there. Our corporate and student recruiters spend time not only reviewing applications, but searching for great candidates on LinkedIn, Facebook, and various other job boards.
Practice video interviews
In theory, this should be like an in-person interview, but there’s a lot more to consider. First, review your resume and try to anticipate what you might be asked in an interview. You can practice giving simple, concise answers by recording yourself on a smartphone, tablet, or computer beforehand. Make sure your internet connection is strong and avoid sitting in front of a distracting background. Finally, virtual interviews could last up to an hour, so give yourself plenty of time.
Keep an open mind
Perhaps you’re pursuing accounting roles and firms just aren’t hiring right now. Broaden your horizons and consider other types of companies that may need someone with your skills. GROWMARK is widely known as an agriculture company, but we need employees outside of the ag realm too! Marketing, accounting, information technology, and logistics skills are always in demand, to name a few.
Don’t stop applying!
You may not land the first position you apply for, so you need to make it your job to find a job! Apply for as many jobs that interest you. Consider how your skills can translate into a different role and apply for new opportunities you may not have considered in the past. This is your chance to find a great role. So, get active on LinkedIn, Indeed, and the GROWMARK careers site! There are so many great opportunities out there waiting for you.
By: Abbey Lee, Recruiting Specialist