Across the country, millions are still out of work in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, but spring is the season when companies traditionally tend to ramp up hiring, and many are planning to do so again this year despite the current economic outlook. In fact, experts largely believe the job market will be back to pre-outbreak levels sometime later this year, so it's never a bad idea for job seekers to get themselves back on the hunt as soon as possible.
1) Put yourself out there
First and foremost, you have to be willing to devote the time and energy it takes to find the right job, and a big part of that is networking and being more outspoken about your industry on social media, according to Talent Culture. This works on two fronts: When hiring managers at companies you apply to check your profiles, they will see that you are active and engaged. At the same time, those passively looking for candidates may come across your efforts and be impressed by your breadth of knowledge and connections.
2) Reach out to friends and family
Along similar lines, you can also network as a means of enlisting people to do some of your job search work for you, Talent Culture added. Put another way, many people you know — and who would be willing to help you — might not know you're looking for a new job, and may be aware of an opening (perhaps even an unlisted one) that you would be perfect for. Get the word out that you're looking and more people in your network will want to lend a helping hand.
3) Don't pigeon-hole yourself
One of the big mistakes that many people make when they lose their job (or are just want a change from their current situation) is thinking they're on a clearly defined career path, and can't deviate, according to the Harvard Business Review. However, you may have amassed a number of highly marketable skills over the course of your career and would be able to leverage them into more options than you realize. That could present you with the perfect opportunity to branch out.
4) Make your resume more flexible
When it comes to your resume, you should understand that it needs to be edited to match every job you apply for, the Harvard Business Review said. This way, it shows that what you bring to the table closely aligns with what the company is looking for. However, before you even apply for that next job, consider editing your resume (or create a separate document) so you can more easily move things around and make them increasingly customizable.
5) Practice your interviews
Finally, especially if you haven't been on a job hunt in awhile, you are likely out of practice when it comes to a proper interview, according to Flexjobs. For that reason, you might want to ask a friend or family member to walk you through a typical interview and ensure you're not going to be thrown for a loop by any questions. Getting more comfortable with this process will help you be at ease when the real thing happens.
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