Job Searching During COVID19
by: Jennifer Tucker
This is a very strange time in our history, and even more strange if you find yourself looking for new employment. It’s essential now more than ever to make sure you bring your A Game to your search. As you start networking, submitting resumes and begin first rounds of interviews, many will wonder why they never hear back from a prospective employer. I have some crucial points to consider as you work through your process:
Are you qualified?
I’m an Executive Recruiter and work on several job openings for clients across the country, placing staffing industry leaders. The jobs on our website clearly outline requirements for the roles yet I receive countless resumes for individuals who fall short of the job requirements. Moments like this make me wonder if they read the job description at all. Oftentimes, the job requirements provided by employers have perimeters that are just non-negotiable. I receive several follow up emails a day after an applicant has applied explaining what a quick-study they are and how fast they’ll ramp. However, sometimes being a “faster learner” simply does not replace experience in the field. After all, would you want a CPA giving you a root canal? Being diligent about the roles you apply for and ensuring you have the required skills will drastically increase the likelihood of receiving a call from the employer.
Do you have mistakes and typos in your email/resume?
I am astonished at the number of resumes I receive with typos and mistakes. This includes phone numbers! I can accurately say I receive a few resumes a quarter with incorrect contact information. Be careful. Proofread. Have your spouse/partner/neighbor/cousin – anyone -proofread for you. It’ll pay off. If you want the job, we have to be able to contact you!
Does your Linkedin profile match your resume?
No matter how insignificant the differences may be, it’s important that the two match. Something as simple as not putting an end date on your resume or profile even though you worked your last day two weeks ago, could be perceived as misleading. You want to avoid that at all measures. Consistency is key!
You’ve had too much turnover.
Take a look at your job history. Try to see it through the eyes of a Recruiter or hiring manager. What do you see? Do you see a year here, 9 months, there? Most hiring managers have a big issue with tenure. I realize there isn’t much you can do after the fact, but know this can be a key contributor in not landing an interview.
You’ve had your first call, why aren’t you getting a second?
I have quite a few first level calls with candidates. The problem can, in so many cases, come from just sharing too much information. Be very careful to let your interviewer ask the questions. They will want you to talk and open up, but don’t share too much. Talking about your age, the number of children you have and marital status are all off limits. Stick to your experience and think of it as an infomercial. Be concise, but share pertinent information. A great idea is to make an outline prior to each and every phone interview. That way you stick to the plan and you will not lose the interest of the person on the other line. Also, take great care in not speaking negatively about prior employers. It can come back to haunt you. One of the benefits of working with an Executive Recruiter is that we’ll prep you prior to each interview, and this could include tips, insight into the interviewer’s style and personality, or even a quick role play. We’re here for you!
Though times are challenging right now, know this will not be forever. It won’t be quick, but the footwork you do now will pay off in the end. Try your best not to be discouraged and stay connected as best you can through FaceTime, Zoom, or any other means you have available.