Searching for a job can be a stressful, anxious process, no matter when you're doing it. That process is even more difficult during a global pandemic, as the economy reacts to the COVID-19 crisis.
At Denver7, we're here to help. That's why we've started a new series called The Rebound, our commitment to stories and reports that will help you navigate these uncertain times. Our hope is to help you relieve some of the pressure we've all felt, by showing the best ways to respond as our community recovers from the impact COVID-19.
We talked with Dylan Mark of the University of Colorado Boulder Career Services office about five key tips for finding a job in these uncertain times. Watch our full interview with Dylan:
Here are the highlights:
1. Stay patient
"Don't give up," Mark said. "This is not the time to give up."
While it's certainly more difficult to find job opportunities right now, staying persistent in applying to jobs and internships will be valuable once the economy begins to recover from the crisis.
2. Use networking to your advantage
This might sound obvious. But take advantage of connections through online networking, such as LinkedIn, as well as people you already know.
"There's plenty of opportunities out there right now," Mark said. "It's just about finding them."
3. Focus on growth industries
Focus on job sectors that could be growing out of the COVID-19 crisis and which companies have adapted the best. Technology and engineering fields often show promise in this area, Mark said, but finding other industries that are showing growth is key. Another aspect will be finding companies that have adjusted easily to remote work during social distancing.
4. Track companies that are hiring
Even if a hiring company isn't in your field, evaluate what they're looking for in applicants. Are they interested in your skillset? Do you need to make adjustments? You can filter online job boards by companies that have hired in the previous 30 days or a similar timeframe.
5. Upgrade your skills
If your skillset doesn't match what employers are seeking, use this downtime to upgrade your skills. Identifty what skills you might need — either in your current industry or a new industry for those switching careers — and find ways to develop them through software and online programs.