Adjust Your Job Search for This Moment

Looking for a job is never an easy process, but it feels particularly daunting right now — not just because of the state of the economy, but also because the pandemic is changing the nature of work so drastically. If you’re on the job market, there are several things you can do to increase your chances of success. Tap your network to find out about job openings: Knowing someone at the company you’re applying to will give you an advantage. Brush up your resume and cover letter, and be sure to include any experience that signals your success in high-pressure work environments, since so many companies are in crisis mode. If you do secure an interview, prepare by getting familiar with the video-conferencing technology, researching the company’s pandemic response, and setting up a professional-looking background. Because you won’t get as much non-verbal feedback during the interview, focus on conveying warmth, and establishing an emotional connection. Most importantly, throughout this process, take it easy on yourself. It may feel like you’re under a lot of pressure, but you’ll fare better if you show yourself compassion — the same way you would a close friend.

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