COVID Career Chaos - Part 2
Updated: Feb 17
Resumes, Career Coaching, and Applications
Next step: Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH)
As part of my severance compensation, Company "Exyz" paid for a career coaching service's "Professional 2 Month Program". I registered for that and learned all the new tricks of the job-searching trade. Things have certainly changed, pandemic or not! Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) makes getting your foot in any door a full-time job in itself.
Those fancy, creative resumes you work so hard making? Forget about it! ATS can't handle it, and chances are slim that your resume will be picked for consideration. After attending resume writing webinars through LHH and having my resume reviewed, I uploaded it to LinkedIn, Indeed, and Glassdoor. (I've updated it several times since then.)
Several webinars later, and I was submitting applications ... and receiving just as many "thanks, but no thanks" responses and some ghosting. My LHH Career Coach gave me a tip that works. Try to apply to postings within the first three hours. Those are the applications that have been getting noticed.
Another tip: NETWORK!
Do you have a LinkedIn profile? If not, create one (even if you have a job and think it's secure) and try to be active on LinkedIn. Post, react, and comment on others' posts for visibility. Attend online job fairs and networking events. Search for connections at the companies where you're applying for jobs. If you find any, message them.
I don't have a lot of local connections because I'm pretty much a hermit and worked from home for so long, but I do have some connections at national and global companies. One of those connections is a former colleague who works in human resources at a company that's kind of a big deal. It's currently my most coveted position. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I made it through their HR recruiter and have an interview scheduled with the hiring manager.
They say that January, February, September, and October are active hiring months. COVID knocked Q4 2020 out of the running. I hope Q1 2021 has more to offer.