Job Search Talk – Episode #8 – How Coronavirus Affects Your Job Search

Job Search Talk is a podcast dedicated to helping job seekers achieve their career goals. In episode #8 of Job Search Talk, I introduce the topic of how Coronavirus affects your job search, both now and for years to come.

In the midst of the Covid 19 outbreak, we’re likely to see new trends and best practices emerge. In dealing with an unforeseen public health crisis, companies may alter their approach to candidate targeting and acquisition. With that information in mind, here are some topics to explore for understanding how Coronavirus affects your job search.

More Phone and Video Interviewing

In the wake of a still on-going pandemic, hiring managers and in-house recruiters may think twice prior to inviting job applicants to interview in-person. As such, we’re likely to see more aggressive pre-screening of job applicants. This means employers will be using phone and video interviewing methods to reduce the total number of face-to-face interviews conducted each year.

  • Give yourself ample time to practice for telephone and video-interviews, not just face-to-face.

More Remote Job Opportunities

Now more than ever, companies are likely to embrace remote and telecommuting opportunities. This includes FT salaried jobs as well as independent contractor roles. Job seekers with prior remote experience should make this a point of emphasis on the Resume and LinkedIn profile. Older workers and those with pre-existing medical conditions may find renewed success by specifically targeting remote jobs.

  • Let employers know you have the temperament for success in a remote-based job.

More Emphasis on Fair Hiring Practices

Video interviewing is a convenient solution for connecting employers and job applicants. Many video-interview platforms use AI which is capable of analyzing facial gestures, word selection, body language, and tone of voice. This has led to controversy in many states, including Illinois, where a recent law passed prohibiting employers from violating Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws.

  • Be confident that fair hiring practices are in place to prevent all forms of discrimination.

Less Handshaking

After running a Google search, I found that handshaking has been with humans dating back to the 5th century B.C. in Greece. Shaking hands is simply a reflexive habit when meeting face-to-face. I’ve speculated that companies may actually start mandating their employees by implementing a company policy specifically on handshaking.

  • Be cognizant of the other parties involved or ask about handshaking when meeting.

Less Opportunity for Professional Networking

Attending industry conferences and events is normally a great way to meet new people and conduct professional networking. So is asking someone out to lunch on an informational interview! However, the current social distancing requirements prevent you from doing these things. Job seekers can still do professional networking virtually

  • Join groups on LinkedIn or use advanced search to identify worthwhile connections.

Less Room for Error

After a record-high 3.3 million Americans filing unemployment, the job seeking talent pool is stacked. Hundreds of thousands of credentialed and skilled employees were laid off. These were gainfully employed workers and seemingly valued assets until being let go. This means the talent pool right now is full of highly competent and capable workers.

  • Lots of talented people are actively looking for work right now and it’s competitive.

Recap

As a result of the Covid 19 outbreak, we’re going to see more phone and video interviewing, more remote jobs, more focus on fair hiring practices, less handshaking, less professional networking, and less room for error. Now’s the time to strike in your job search. For help with your Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn profile and more – submit a contact us request and we’ll be happy for provide additional information.

  • Click the play button below to listen to Episode #8 of Job Search Talk with Doug Levin.