The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shifted the job market across most industries, resulting in fewer organizations engaging in the hiring process. Based on a recent poll conducted by Aarcher Institute, 16 percent of EHS professionals aren’t working or were laid off as a result of the pandemic. However, there are still new positions opening up. Here are some strategies you should focus on to increase your chances of landing a job during this difficult time:
1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Leverage this downtime to make updates to your experience and skills on both your resume and social media profiles. Consider asking a few colleagues to write recommendations for you on your LinkedIn profile. This will help you be prepared if a potential employer reaches out to you with a job opportunity.
2. Set up a designated workspace in your home to conduct your job search. This will help you stay focused and making progress on your search. If you’re just sitting on your couch with your computer, you’ll be less likely to concentrate and more likely to procrastinate. Also, if you do land a job during this time, there is a chance you will be teleworking for the foreseeable future. If you already have a designated workspace, you will be prepared to work remotely.
3. Be prepared to interview virtually. Many employers are interviewing job candidates virtually using video communication platforms, such as Zoom and Skype. Make sure you have a quiet and clean space to speak with potential employers via these platforms. Once you’re invited to an interview, test the platform on your computer prior to the interview to ensure the technology runs smoothly.
4. Invest in yourself. One of the best ways to increase your chances of landing a new job is by keeping your skills up to date. Attending a virtual training course can provide you with the tools to do that, making you more marketable to employers.
Aarcher Institute’s virtual courses emulate the benefits of attending an in-person training course. Unlike scripted and recorded online training, Aarcher Institute’s courses are presented in real time. Attendees view a streaming image of the instructor, follow a clear image of the slides as they are presented, and can ask the instructor questions.
Aarcher Institute has several upcoming virtual courses to help you keep your skills current and stay in compliance. Click here to see our 2020 virtual courses.
If you’re in the market for a new EHS job, concentrating on these strategies can help you be prepared to interview with potential employers and increase your chances of securing the job.
Tips for job hunting during the COVID-19 outbreak, Annie Nova, EHSCareers.