Have you been laid off or lost your job because of Corona COVID-19? Here are 5 action steps to help you find a job!
If you have just lost your job because of Corona or know you will be laid off because of COVID-19 pandemic, then I am glad you found me!
I am covering 5 Action Steps to take immediately, as in today, to help you find a job as quickly as possible.
My background encompasses 20 years as a seasoned recruiter, running my own niche boutique agency, Wall Street Personnel since 2000 to the present. I have been quoted in NY Sun, Boston.com, Chicago Tribune, Sun Sentinel, US News and was also interviewed live on Fox Business.
As a subject matter expert (SME) in the hiring and recruitment industry, I can immediately add value to your job search to help you understand how to navigate the job market, find the jobs, apply, interview and ultimately get some job offers.
Have You Been Laid Off or Lost Your Job because of Corona COVID-19? 5 Action Steps to Help you Find a Job
TIP #1: UPGRADE YOUR RESUME
Your resume has to be the very best representation of yourself. It has to be professional, clear, concise and robust. It must have keywords and phrases that effectively tell me exactly what you do and how you can then do the same for a new employer.
The resume is not where you write an essay or long run-on sentences. A resume is where you write out your experience and duties in bullet points to itemize your skills and work knowledge and make it easy for an employer to say, “this person looks good – let’s set up an interview right now!”
I also have a separate eBook on Amazon called “500 Resume Words and Phrases” to help you write a robust resume that stands out from the rest.
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TIP #2: USE FACEBOOK
Did you know that Facebook has a robust Job section?
This provides numerous local jobs that can further fine-tuned by stating your job preference (full time, part-time, temp, contract), location and industry type.
TIP: Let your Facebook network know that you are looking for a job. You may have 500 people in your Facebook family and only around 30 of them know that you are looking for a job. It’s up to you to enlist as many people as possible to help you in our job search so post it on your feed.
CAUTION: If you are using Facebook Jobs to look for a new job then check on profile settings and make sure to keep your profile “private” with access to only FRIENDS being able to view what is on your profile. This way you can avoid any issues with a potential employer being able to view your “public” profile.
Go to settings and make your profile PRIVATE – only to your Friends and then start using the Facebook JOB feature.
STEP #3: GET ON LINKEDIN
If you don’t have a profile, then this is the time to finally make the decision to log into LinkedIn and create a profile for yourself. It is EASY.
Just to go to LinkedIn and follow the log in details. The profile is FREE! And their process will literally walk you through each part of the profile. It’s simply filling in the blanks. The sections of LinkedIn include:
- The Headline Section: Your Name, a short “headline” about you, and location. HINT: I strongly suggest if you are looking for a job, then on this short headline write this statement, “Seeking Job Opportunities”. This lets everyone know you are in the market.
- Work Experience: List all the places you have worked – titles, dates, companies, etc. I encourage you to be as specific as possible. Add as many items and bullet points as possible. You are not writing a book but do give this valuable part of your profile the most attention it needs and include all the projects, work, tasks, accomplishment, duties and responsibilities you have done in any and all of your employment history.
- Education: Include your high school education. If you have a Bachelor’s Degree then don’t include high school (it’s redundant).
- Licenses, Languages, Volunteer: Anything else that can beef up your profile, this is where you add it. Don’t be shy – this is where you will be seen by hiring managers, Human Resources and recruiters (like myself) and therefore the more robust and completed your profile the better
STEP #4: RESUME DATABASES
Many job seekers have no idea how powerful using a Resume Database is to their job search. These large job boards, specifically Indeed.com and ZipRecruiter.com – my two favorites, provide two easy ways for you to find a job.
By uploading your Resume into their database, when an employer or recruiter purchases a Resume Subscription with these platforms, they look for resumes and candidates that fit their job openings.
You get to sit back and relax at home while employers and recruiters are e-mailing you with their job openings. This puts you in the driver’s seat and allows you to decide if you want to proceed and accept the e-mail or if you want to decline the opportunity and keep looking.
You can set up an auto-job alert on their platforms where anytime a new job opens up with your keywords you created then the jobs will be e-mailed to you. If you like what you see you then apply for the job.
These 2 benefits show why you should immediately upload your Resume into Job Board Database with Indeed and ZipRecruiter.com being my two favorite ones.
TIP #5: USE RECRUITERS AND STAFFING AGENCIES
The power that recruiters and staffing agencies have is their close relationships with their clients (ie: employers that need to hire you).
These firms can not handle the volume of resumes received and often turn to agencies to help them fill jobs. In addition, many agencies will have the temp and contract roles that are almost impossible to get on your own as you have to go through a 3rd party vendor (agency) in order to work as a temp or contractor.
Just go on google and look up “staffing agencies” in your area and contact them to set up a meeting in person or on the phone and see what options and openings they may have.
TIP: every month check-in with the agency. They could have new openings and won’t contact you as many recruiters assume that after a month you will have found a new job. So if that is not the case, make sure to check in with the agency monthly.
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These tips and strategies alone will jumpstart you into action to find a job like a pro.
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