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How to navigate the job search process during COVID-19

By Remington College Posted March 18, 2021

Nearly everything changed when COVID-19 began spreading around the world—including the job search process. The job market now is certainly a much different landscape than it once was. In fact, you can’t even shake a potential employer’s hand!

From navigating Zoom interviews to building a connection virtually, it can be hard to know what’s right and wrong when looking for a job nowadays. But though searching for work during a pandemic might seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be impossible. Take a look at four of our tips for navigating the job search process during COVID-19.1

Get comfortable with virtual interviews
Conducting interviews online is one of the many new realities that likely aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Although an online interview can seem awkward, it’s important to make yourself comfortable on camera and make a good first impression. When preparing for a video interview, be sure your background is neat and you’re dressed appropriately for the job. Also be sure you have a strong WiFi connection and adequate lighting.

Have an AI-friendly resume
Many companies rely heavily on technology when it comes to vetting resumes. To make sure your resume is artificial intelligence-friendly, consider adding in some of the same language as the job description of the position you’re applying for. The technology is more likely to accept your resume when you use similar wording to the job description, even if your original words are synonyms, meaning you can progress to the next phase of the search.

Think outside of the box
When applying for jobs, it’s important to cast a wide net. Freelancing, or working for multiple companies rather than being permanently employed by one, might be a good option for more creative career paths. For example, graduates who have earned a digital graphic art degree, beat production certification or cosmetology certification might consider freelancing work. Freelance job postings rose 41% to 605,000 in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, CNBC reports.

Consult career services
Finding a job during a pandemic is tough, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help. At Remington College, our Career Services Department can help trade school students and graduates with applications, resumes, interviewing and much more. We are staffed to be able to work with every Remington College vocational school student and help each one on their pathway to success during COVID. 1

Armed with a few tips, searching for a position now doesn’t have to be too different than doing so after COVID-19 is no longer a threat. With a little luck and great skills, you might be working hard in your new position soon.

1 Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.