Tips on improving your job search, navigating new hiring process

Posted at 3:26 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 21:12:41-04

NEW YORK — Millions of Americans are out of work and looking for options to make money amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chrishan Wright is one those millions. After starting a new job in January, she was laid off at the height of the pandemic.

“We started working remotely after the lockdown, and then we just got the notice on Thursday that the team was being downsized. It was about 90-plus people that were impacted,” she said.

But while some companies are downsizing, others are seeing a bump in hiring — grocery stores, delivery services and warehouses among them.

Jeannie Kim, with the online career resource site The Muse, said the health care industry is also looking for help.

"Any company that works in telehealth, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, any company that is helping to keep us healthy is experiencing a boom,” she said.

There are still opportunities to find a job during this crisis, however, the hiring process has changed.

The first interview will likely be a virtual one, using platforms like Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.

Kim said the best advice is to practice making a good first impression. She recommends spending more time video chatting with friends to gain confidence and get comfortable with the platform.

Other tips include sending out fewer resumes and reaching out about remote informational chats.

Kim stressed that flexibility will be key during this kind of transition.

And online classes are great for brushing up on or learning new skills.

Here are some job search resources: