Given all that’s going on with the current COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to even think about a job search right now.
However, many people are in a position where they have no choice but to look for a new job right now. An effective approach to battling through and attaining your objective is to use your time effectively and set yourself up for quick success. As the job market begins to rebound, you’ll be in a better and better position to get the job you are seeking.
Below are a few tips on how you can continue to work on a supply chain job search.
Tap Your Network
Smart job seekers know it is important to access the hidden labor market, the relationship-based connection to unadvertised jobs. Think generally about your current network, including connections on LinkedIn, former co-workers, loved ones, and acquaintances. Touch base by email or instant message where appropriate and mention your job search.
Make sure you remember to be empathetic. When we’re concentrated on our own issues, we can forget about what others might be going through, which could be as bad or worse as our own situation. When reaching out, think about using language like: “Sorry if this isn’t an ideal time for you. If not, maybe we could reconnect at a later date.”
Stay in touch with those who are responsive to your messages. Try to politely keep top-of-mind and to develop a real connection, so they are inclined to help you when an opportunity to do so pops up.
Expand Your Skills and Experience
Now is the time to build a bigger foundation of skills and experience, which can enable a career move when the timing is right. Conduct some research on the web and get information on where you should be growing your qualifications by talking to folks in your target areas. Look into online classes and joining industry associations. Think about freelancing online to gain experience, and to make a few bucks.
Look for Areas of Growth
A few sectors like logistics are actually expanding due to the pandemic and its consequences. Look at businesses that deal in converting in-person transactions into virtual interactions, like online education or e-commerce.
These growth areas are fertile ground for an immediate career move, and experts are saying the market impacts of COVID-19 could be lasting.
Have a Plan B, If You’re Employed
There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, and even though society is on the road to recovery, it’s never a bad idea to have a Plan B.
Make certain you have the contact information and key details of the people you would want to stay in touch with at your current business. Make certain any career-relevant files you have at work are backed up on a personal device or in the cloud. Get your resume and LinkedIn profile squared away. Keep your ear to the ground to find out what’s happening and avoid an unpleasant surprise.
We Can Be Your Career Partner
At ZDA, we want job seekers to lean on us during these strange and challenging times. Please contact us today to find out how we can be a useful career partner for you right now.