SEATTLE — Lynn Juve, job search specialist and founder of Seattle's Bespoke Professional, says to find a job in the midst of a pandemic requires understanding the landscape and how to best market yourself.
JOB HUNTING TIPS
- Acknowledge that finding a job is hard, both logistically and emotionally.
- Make sure your Linkedin profile is working for you
- All the bullets on your resume should be on your Linkedin profile
- Make sure you have a picture
- Don't write in your linked headline "seeking new opportunities."
- Turn on the button that tells hiring professionals you are looking for new opportunities
- Leverage your network. You are most likely to find a job through people you already know
Job interviews over platforms (Zoom, Skype)
- Test out your camera and audio on that exact platform first. Each one requires you to give permission to both camera and audio separately.
- The camera on each platform looks different- zoom shows much more of your background that google meet, for example.
- Wear what you would wear to a normal interview, including bottoms.
- Don't assume you will be able to use notes in a way that you can't in real life. It will be weird if you are trying to read or look off camera
- If possible, practice with someone else so you can practice looking in the camera
- If something goes wrong technically, don't assume this will discount you. Everyone is having technical issues these days.
- At the end of the day, all this stuff is forgivable if you show up early, act professional, and polite, express enthusiasm for the job. And have done your homework.
I help people who are in the thick of their job search right now. Most of my clients are looking to make some career change such as coming back from a career break, pivoting, or trying to get out of a toxic work environment. I help them market themselves, usually through helping write their Linkedin Profiles/and resumes, developing their networking plan and messaging and interview coaching.