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Looking for a job during a pandemic

Posted at 9:59 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 12:59:54-04

In the midst of the pandemic, millions across the country will be looking for a new job or options to make money.

"While this is a challenging job market, lots of competition, there is still hope out there," explained Jeanie Kim, Vice-President of Content at The Muse.

New Jersey resident Chrishan Wright is hopeful as well. After starting a new position in digital marketing in January she was laid off just 3 months later.

"I was there about 3 and a half weeks before we started working remotely and lockdown and then we just got the notice on Thursday that the team was being downsized," said Wright. "It was about 90 plus people that were impacted."

Places that are seeing a bump in hiring for warehouse, delivery, and grocery workers. Kim with The Muse, an online resource for job seekers, said in this landscape of the pandemic the healthcare industry is also looking for help.

While there are still opportunities to find a job during this crisis, the process has changed. That first interview will likely be a virtual one on platforms like Zoom, Skype, or Facetime. Best advice according to Kim is practice that first impression

"if you have to spend more time Facetiming with your friends, or if you can practice ahead of time."

Another tip, send out fewer resumes. And reach out about remote informational chats. In this competitive landscape understand your objectives and their expectations to make that connection.

"A lot of companies are working really hard right now to craft onboarding experiences for their new employees to help create some of the connection and comradery," said Kim.

Flexibility is key during this kind of transition.

"I think the ability to go with the flow and adapt yourself and your skills to the circumstance is really going to be important," added Kim.