What Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Mean for Your Job Search?

What Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Mean for Your Job Search?

How hard will it be to find work in the days and weeks ahead? Is anyone even hiring during the Coronavirus pandemic? Should you bother sending out resumes or just file for unemployment and wait until things improve? Here’s what you need to know about what COVID-19 means for your job search.

Job Searching IS Your Job Right Now

At Brelsford Personnel, we’re seeing a surprising trend. For some reason, people out of work aren’t being proactive in looking for a new position. That means opportunity for you.

If you need a job, make finding one your full-time focus. The unemployment numbers are staggering, and fewer employers are hiring. However, if newly laid-off workers are staying home to guard their toilet paper and repost COVID-19 memes on Facebook, that means they’re not applying for the jobs that are available. You could get there first.

Get up every day and work toward finding a new job. Make your resume and cover letter engaging, compelling and grammatically perfect. Reach out to your contacts to find openings, then apply. Follow up on every single lead. Do that Monday through Friday until you have a new paying position.

It’s Going to Be Tough

East Texas businesses are shut down or under serious restrictions. It’s going to be harder to get in touch with the people in charge of hiring. It might take longer to hear back from them. They might have to wait and see how things go before they can officially offer you a position.

Expect delays and setbacks, but know the work you’re doing matters. You are building relationships, and you don’t know which of them could open doors. Plus, sooner or later someone is going to notice the tenacity you display, and it will make you stand out.

Employers Are Still Figuring Things Out

East Texas businesses are busy working out the bumps with their current workforce, and that will impact your job search. Employees are still adjusting to remote work. Recruiters are just beginning to use video hiring. Managers are crunching numbers to try and predict staffing needs for the future.

All that means your job hunt will not follow the usual process. If employers seem distracted or unresponsive, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not interested. Both patience and polite persistence will be appreciated.

Interviews Are More Important than Ever

With fewer available jobs and employers facing new challenges, interviews are more important than ever, but they are not likely to happen face to face. The candidates who will be successful are the ones who can present themselves virtually and sell their skills over the phone.

Practice video and phone interviews with a friend or family member until you are comfortable with the results. Make sure you have a quiet place for conducting phone and video interviews. Even if your interview takes place at home, keep things formal.

Dress for interview success, position yourself in front of an uncluttered background and provide adequate lighting. Test your computer and the technology you will be using (Zoom, Skype, Teams etc.) before you’re actually live with the interviewer.

Also, recognize your interviewer might not have the same ability to communicate using technology you have developed, and don’t get put off by conversation that feels more scripted. You may have to work harder to make a connection, so be prepared.

You May Need Outside Help

Submitting your application online through the big, global employment websites is going to feel like putting a message in a bottle, tossing it into a very big, turbulent ocean and never seeing it again. Instead of letting that get you down, why not reach out to the Tyler Texas staffing agency that is been making a positive difference in East Texas for decades? Search our online job postings or email your job search questions to employ@brelsfordpersonnel.com today.

Job Search Differences Men vs. Women

Job Search Differences Men vs. Women

Men and women don’t approach the job search in the same way. As East Texas employers and employees seek to eliminate gender inequality, it’s important to recognize the thought processes that go into job application. There are things both genders can learn from each other.

Biggest Job Search Gender Difference

Previously we had the chance to interview former Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass for an upcoming Tyler Executive Women’s Network event. She pointed out how women tend to think they’re not qualified enough or that they need more skills to apply for a position.

They typically look at the list of job requirements and if they can’t check off every one of them, they think it would be a waste of time to apply. When women don’t apply, they say it’s for reasons like the following:

  • I didn’t think they would hire me because I didn’t have all the skills on the list. I didn’t want to waste my time and energy.
  • I felt like submitting my application would waste the hiring team’s time. It would be inconsiderate since they had already made it clear what they were looking for.
  • I didn’t want to put myself out there when it seemed I might fail.
  • I thought there were probably more qualified people out there. I didn’t think I could perform the job as well as they might be able to.

A Hewlett Packard internal report also found in Harvard Business Review says men apply for a position when they meet 60 percent of the requirements, where women only apply if they meet them all. It’s an eye-opener when women realize there are likely people applying who are less qualified.

Rules vs. Guidelines

Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big: Finding Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message surveyed more than 1,000 professionals of both genders to compare their thought processes during a job search. She found women thought not applying for a job when they didn’t fit all the requirements was playing by the rules. Men are less likely to view the qualifications as rules at all.

If men had more than half of the required qualifications, they felt they could “sell” their ability to do the rest. Women listen to an inner voice that tells them they’re not good enough while men are less likely to hear that message.

Who is Right?

It’s important to note that when employers post job descriptions, it’s not only a wish list. They don’t just think it would be nice to find someone with most of the skills, but much of the job description will be actual requirements.

We’re not saying apply for positions you don’t have the skills for and hope to fake your way through the hiring process. That creates problems for both the employer and employee. Women are right to take job descriptions seriously.

However, if a job looks like a good fit, don’t hesitate to submit your resume for fear someone else might be better than you. Your skills and personality could be exactly what that employer is looking for. Men are right to approach a job with confidence if they know they have the skills.

Other Gender Differences

A Fairygodboss study found men and women use different resources in their job search. Men were more likely to use social media and LinkedIn. Women were more inclined to consult friends and family or job review sites.

Men and women have different motivation for seeking new employment in the first place. Men say they apply for a new job because they want more money or a promotion. Women are more likely to move because they have personal life changes and want more work/life balance or are looking for a position that’s more meaningful and challenging.

Brelsford Personnel has decades of experience placing both men and women with some of the best employers in the area. We have one-on-one conversations with applicants to fully understand their qualifications and career goals. For employers, we don’t suggest a candidate until they meet the majority of the qualifications – tangible and intangible. Find out the Brelsford difference when you get in touch today.