If you are like most Americans, you have been impacted by the pandemic in some way. Many companies have gone out of business in the last year. People have cut back on their hours in order to keep their business afloat. Thousands of people have received unemployment for the first time ever. And for most, it is a hard journey to find a new job that can compare to the old one they used to have.
It is estimated that 4 out of every 10 people have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Maybe you are looking for supplemental income to make up for what you have lost or you are looking for a completely new job. Regardless, there are plenty of ways you can find jobs still. To make the hiring process easier, you may want to do some research. Find out where you will get your background check for the job. That way you can schedule a time to get it done in advance. A simple background check is often the last thing standing in the way for you to start your position!
The best place to start looking for a job is online. Due to the pandemic, many jobs have shifted their open business hours and have various policies on people walking in. You don’t want to drive around all day just to find out the job has an online application.
If you know which jobs you are interested in, go to their website first and search under the tab “careers.” Most websites will have open positions listed under this tab and details on how to apply. If you don’t really know where to start and do not have specific companies in mind that you’d like to work for, try Googling it. There are a variety of search engines that you can find on Google to direct you to open jobs near you. Some of these websites even allow you to upload your application and apply to multiple open positions at a time easily.
Those search engines stay up-to-date with the newest open positions and can let you sort through the options effortlessly. You can find information on the salary, benefits, required hours, and a job description on these databases.
If searching online doesn’t yield you the results that you’d like, you can always try calling around. It is possible that by calling various businesses that you will find vacancies that have not been posted on online portals yet. If they do not have any openings, you can ask them if it’s possible to submit an application in case there is an opening. If you do this, they might look at your application before others. It is possible that they may even call you before they decide to post the job formally online.
Ask a Friend
Lastly, it never hurts to ask around. Talk to some of your friends about if their workplace is hiring. It is possible that a coworker may know of current and future openings within a company before anyone else. Ask your friend to put a good word in for you with their boss if they are able. Word-of-mouth can go a long way in many companies.
Reach out to former coworkers and see if they ended up somewhere that might interest you. Having a friend that you can talk to openly and honestly about the job you were applying for is a great benefit. You can discuss management, salary and work environment before you ever go into the interview. Hopefully, by doing this, you will know whether or not you are a good fit for this job before you even apply.
Keep searching for that perfect job! Don’t be afraid to search in unfamiliar places. And while you wait, always keep your resume up to date.