By: Ryan Malone
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Ask A Career Coach: How Do You Job Hunt During a Pandemic?
I still see job and contract postings that were put up before Coronavirus hit. Is it appropriate to reach out and see if the opportunity is still available before applying?” — Antonio
This pandemic has impacted just about every company, and they’re all handling it differently.
Some companies are still hiring, and have shifted to a fully virtual interview process. Others have had to cut hiring or defer start dates for new employees.
So yes, you should totally reach out for confirmation — though it’s best to do so through a recruiter or a contact you already have at the company, rather than just cold emailing a random email address.
The main questions to ask are:
Before you do any of that, though, check the company’s website and job boards to see if any recent jobs have been posted. You can also connect with company recruiters on LinkedIn — many are using the platform to post up-top-date hiring announcements.
“Social distancing is hindering my ability to get out and network. How else can I get in the same space as recruiters and make connections with people in my industry?” — Maiya
The best thing you can do right now is to get active online. I’ve already seen an influx of virtual networking events, webinars, and conferences — in some ways, it’s actually easier to make professional connections and “attend” certain events these days.