Welcome to the second part of our blog post series about finding a job during the coronavirus pandemic. In our first blog post in the series, we discussed the importance of taking the time to reflect and properly assess your current situation.
Specifically, this means thinking about the type of role you want and where you'd like to work. However, a big factor in your reflection is how urgent your search is. As we outlined previously, there are two main types of unemployment situations:
The reason for this piece of advice is simple. In-person networking events are going to be far and few between as long as the pandemic is raging like it is. In fact, they're basically non-existent.
The fact of the matter is that networking is a critical component of any job search. However, the pandemic is presenting unique challenges in this area. Conferences, trade-shows, and job fairs have been cancelled and/or postponed.
There is some good news, though. People are meeting these challenges and overcoming the obstacles associated with them by turning their in-person events into online or "virtual events" whenever possible. This includes job fairs, which can be incredibly valuable for job seekers.
But as you might imagine, it doesn't stop there. Social media is also an ideal place to network. This is especially the case with LinkedIn, but there is also some value in networking on Facebook. (Although you must be careful to separate your personal life from your professional life with that particular social networking site.)
In addition, be sure to build a compelling profile on LinkedIn. Be sure to emphasize the value that you possess and that you could provide to a potential new employer.
Also, join relevant groups within LinkedIn. Once you do, make it a priority to participate. Join in the conversation, share timely articles and information, and comment on other people's post when it makes sense to do so. The goal is to stay visible and build a positive personal brand.
So start networking and join us for the next blog post in this series!
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