The world is not the same today as it was when we flipped the calendar to 2020. With the novel coronavirus sweeping across the US, many people found themselves without a job and collecting the expanded unemployment benefits established by the CARES Act. But now, things are changing again and the benefits may be running out soon. Have you considered what you want your career to look like moving forward? Here are a few things you can do to find the job you want.
Start Your Search Today
Even if you were laid off earlier this year and are collecting unemployment, now is the time to start your search. It might seem like the job market has stalled, but that can also mean fewer people are restarting their search right now. You may be first in line to hear great opportunities and land your dream job.
Connect with Your Network
You can always take this time to connect with your extended network. You simply never know where your next opportunity can come from. While you may not be able to get out for face-to-face meetings, this is a great time to work on your LinkedIn profile and make some virtual connections. Reach out to former coworkers or colleagues and check in on them.
Work on Your Resume
When was the last time you updated your resume? A resume should be a living document that you can easily add new experiences or accomplishments to when you need them. Take a look at your current resume to see if there are some things you can change or update to make it more attractive to recruiters or hiring managers.
Contact a Local Staffing Agency
Have you thought about applying with a local staffing agency? Now is a perfect time to connect with a recruiter to help you kickstart your job search. Recruiters have established networks and partners with companies to help them find top talent for their jobs. Staffing agencies will often see an open job before it’s made public, so working with a recruiter can give you an advantage in a tight market.