Job search advice for a pandemic is like an odd subject. But that’s where we are. For 22 year olds across the country College graduation is such an exciting time. That feeling of taking your last final and realizing you did it is incredible. The weekend of celebration passes and then you realize “oh sh*t, now what?”
What does job search advice look like during a pandemic? First, just finding that first job can be a daunting task, and this year grads are faced with a job market that is not in their favor. COVID-19 has caused many businesses to go on hiring freezes, programs are being de-funded, and the un-employment rate has spiked to all time highs. So what is a new grad to do? Experts are weighing in and giving some tips.
Career expert Chris Shelley gave three tips for college grads:
- Create a clear and concise resume. Hiring managers are looking through a ton of resumes right now and making sure yours stand out and highlights your accomplishments is more important than ever.
- Leverage staffing and recruiting firms. Connecting exceptional talent and amazing companies; it’s what we do! We can also help fine-tune your resume, LinkedIn, and interview skills.
- Leverage your network!!!!!! This is important for job seekers of ANY age. Your network is how you hear about that position and how your resume gets in front of the right eyes. Need tips on networking? Check out our networking 101 blog here.
- Watch his full video here.
A few more things to remember:
- Be polite! Always remember to be kind in your messages. Refresh your email etiquette here.
- Be patient and don’t get discouraged. It’s a tough market out there and things might be delayed since a lot of folks are still working from home.
- Set goals for yourself. Where do you want to be? How can you work today toward getting there? Advice on setting career goals that stick.
- Know your worth. What should someone with your skills be making in Boise? We broke it down for you here. If you want to know more reach out to us.
One more thing to always remember is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Reach out to people who you want in your network, ask questions, get to know new companies, and ask for help! We would love to be a part of your network, reach out!