Finding a Job in the Pandemic
In a Forbes article published this past spring, Nancy Collamer offered five strategies for finding work in these perilous times. Ms. Collamer is a nationally recognized retirement coach. Here is a summary of her approach:
Identity and research target industries and organizations that are in active hiring mode. Consider health care, finance, high tech, and online tutoring. To make ends meet, look into essential jobs with grocery stores, driving services, and food-delivery jobs.
Insert words that demonstrate your talents and experience with working remotely in your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn. For example, share your familiarity with Zoom, Skype, and Google Docs. Don’t forget your soft-skills such as presentations, writing, managing people.
Increase your informational interviews by phone or online. Limited these to 30-minute structured conversations. Remember the three keys to success: network, network, network!
Check out social media to reveal job opportunities in your target market. But limit your time – to an hour a day. It’s easy to get caught up in job boards at the expense of your activities as detailed above.
Don’t neglect self-care. Exercise, a good diet, taking in nature, and remoted socializing with friends and family will give you a integrated work-life balance.
I’m available if you find you need coaching to gain confidence in implementing these strategies.