Uncertain. This word sums up what we’re going through as a country and a world and how I personally feel. I am struck by the intensity of the uncertainty we feel because uncertainty is normal. There’s not much we can be certain about in our day to day lives, COVID -19 related or not. Right now we’re concerned about our health, our family’s health, our economy, our jobs, and probably a whole slew of other things. Isn’t that always the case, though? So if this is “normal”, how do we continue to live? That question is far too deep and outside my expertise; however, there is one area I can provide expertise: your job search.
Prior to COVID-19, it’s possible you were entertaining other opportunities for your career. Maybe you were ready for the next step, a better culture fit, or a position in a new city. There are a lot of reasons we search for jobs. Regardless of what is happening in the world, a job search is scary because it’s change. A change in your career is big because it affects many areas of your life. A job change right now may heighten that fear, but here are five reasons why you should continue your search.
- Professional contacts
Interviewing for a position doesn’t guarantee you an offer and doesn’t commit you to accepting an offer if one comes; however, getting to know hiring managers and peers from interviews is a great way to grow your professional network.
Interviewing is hard, but it’s a skill that can be developed. Like all skills, it takes practice to improve. Every hiring manager and company has their own interview process and style. When you meet with multiple people and companies, it helps you hone your interview skills and your answers to a variety of questions.
- Unemployment may rise
With unemployment at record lows the last couple of years, it has been a candidate driven market; there have been more positions than candidates. It may be too early to tell how COVID-19 is going to affect the economy as a whole, but the U.S. Department of Labor released on Thursday, April 2, 2020 that “seasonally adjusted unemployment claims was at 6.6M.” It is possible you’ll have more competition in your job search. Your location, industry, and job will play into this. Look now before the market is saturated.
- Companies are still hiring
There are companies who have halted hiring, but there are other companies who are taking advantage of this time to interview top talent when there are fewer positions available from their competitors. My colleague, Bruce, recently wrote an article about how companies are embracing our current situation.
- New skills and experiences added
Now is the time when you’ll get the opportunity to utilize Zoom, Skype, or other video conferencing tools to interview. Even after COVID-19 has subsided, many companies will continue to utilize these technologies. It’s a great time to practice, learn, and adapt to virtual interviews.
A job search can feel like a full time job which makes now the best time to look for one! A lot of us are also working from home and therefore don’t have to sneak away for an interview or a phone call. So, give us a call today; we can be your eyes and ears in the market and do the leg work of your job search. We can also help update your resume, prepare you for interviews, and simply have a conversation about your current situation. I wish you all the best and hope you and your friends and families stay healthy and safe.
Chelsea has been with Aureus Group since September 2011, and currently is an Account Manager for the Iowa market. Chelsea works with clients to discuss their staffing needs and assist in finding them the perfect candidate to join their team. She loves when she is able to use her skills to help someone and give them an amazing experience in their candidate and career search. Every day Chelsea gets to be a part of a company that is building into her so that she can build into others. When she isn’t working, she is active in her church. Chelsea loves being active and playing volleyball, golf, softball, snowboarding, working out, and hanging out with her friends and family. Binge watching her favorite shows is definitely a notable skill! She is personally and professionally committed to being an “Energy Ambassador!”