As the world of work continues to change drastically and by the minute given COVID-19, Glassdoor launched a new “How to Get a Job, Now” virtual event, to help job seekers find new job opportunities and learn how to catch the attention of employers who are still hiring. We believe it’s our responsibility to continue to keep job seekers armed with knowledge and resources as they navigate the murky waters of the current job market.
Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor Job Search Expert, and special guests Brian Riley, Amazon Head of Recruiting Programs, Strategy & Talent Channel Development for HQ2, and Erika Klics, Zapier Recruiting Lead, shared advice for a successful job search and provided vital insights on what employers are looking for in candidates now. To kick things off, Scott leveraged his own personal experience of having to find a job during the Great Recession over a decade ago to highlight the top five tips job seekers need to know to land a job during these uncertain times. Brian and Erica spoke about differentiating yourself from other applicants, the importance of making your application stand out in the “resume black hole” and how to ace your virtual interview.
Here are the top 5 tips on how to land a job:
Assess your skills.
Establish what you like to do, what you’re good at, and skills you should brush up on. By doing so, you can more clearly identify the skills you would bring to the table as an employee to help you target jobs in which you can use those skills every day. Most employers actually want people to use their strengths as often as possible.
Do your research.
Scott recommends starting to search for jobs and see what’s out there – search for jobs based on your title, but also your skills. You can figure out which companies are hiring by leveraging Glassdoor’s own products, COVID-19 job hub, and hiring surge badges.
Refine your resume.
Help yourself stand out from the large applicant pool during this time by crafting a top-notch resume. Include a unique professional summary at the top, quantify your impact and avoid including details on your entire career — focus on what’s most relevant to the role you’re applying for and tease employers to learn more.
Apply, and then reach out.
Apply for the job formally and respect the application process. But take things a step further and leverage social media profiles to identify the recruiting manager and those who work on the team you are applying to work for. Take the initiative to get in touch with the team you’d work with via professional networking sites or email.
Identify who you know, whether professionally or personally, and who you don’t online. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and seek online virtual events too.
Highlights from “How To Get A Job, Now” virtual event:
Scott Dobroski: What is special about working for Amazon?
Brian Riley: We embrace a mentality about how we run Amazon, which is called “Day One culture” it’s a start-up way of thinking. It forces us to keep ourselves nimble and empowers us to make smart and fast decisions on behalf of our customers.
Scott Dobroski: What is special about working at Zapier?
Erika Klics: We are an automation company. We help connect people with the apps that they are already using. We do a lot of things uniquely, being 100 percent remote from the very beginning means that we really have to think about how we communicate, how we collaborate, so we put a lot of thought and a lot of care into how we connect every day. We make sure we are focused on the work and on the mission, which is to democratize automation and to continue to make our product better.
Scott Dobroski: Our objective here today is to help people find jobs. Amazon has upwards of 37,000 jobs. Can you share more about the range of jobs Amazon is hiring for right now? Are there new types of roles and skills that Amazon is hiring for, given the impact of COVID-19? Read more here…
Source: Glassdoor Blog