Imagine graduating from college in the middle of the biggest pandemic since 1918.
COVID-19 has flooded the job market with individuals across all industries with no end in sight. According to the Department of Labor, there are roughly 30 million Americans collecting unemployment benefits.
That said, what advice would you give to the class of 2020 who has the monumental task of trying to obtain employment in this current landscape?
Network, Network, Network
With most in-person networking opportunities put on ice for the foreseeable future, I recommend using LinkedIn as your primary networking source. Many of my clients tell me LinkedIn can be overwhelming, and that is why they shy away from using it. Start by connecting with alumni through LinkedIn groups. Not only this effective, but it’s an easy first step. Graduating from the same school is an excellent talking point to use when reaching out to alumni.
It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Who remembers that saying?
According to a recent article done by CNBC, as much as 80% of jobs are filled through networking efforts. The proof is definitely in the pudding.
Do Your Research
Stay up to date on trends and news within your targeted industry. Sign up for Google alerts for your targeted industries and companies. These efforts will keep you on your toes and prepared when those interviews start rolling in!
Don’t stop there. It is crucial to research company culture as well. Use sites such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and the Muse to read reviews about important company information (culture, benefits, leadership, and salary).
Navigating this current job market is a daunting task, but it is crucial that you stay positive. Use your online networking efforts to meet new people and form friendships. You might find others who are in the same position, and you can provide support to each other.
For every no you receive, you are one step closer to a yes.