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How do you try to find career opportunities during the pandemic?

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Renee’s Answer

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There are tons of companies out there hiring!

Set up job alerts for at least 3 websites (LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed, Career Builder). I find that you will get a lot of overlap and some differences depending on the key words you enter.

Make sure your resume is key-word search friendly. Sites such as JobScan can help you figure this out. Many resumes do not get past the Applicant Tracking System.

Network, network, network your way in.

Brush up on your online interview skills, as interviews are likely to be remote. Expect a delay of 1.2 seconds from when you speak to when someone hears you- allow time for the other person to respond.

Good luck.
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Karen’s Answer

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Great that you're using your time wisely now to think about career opportunities. The more you are prepared for that next job interview, the more likely you are to get the job. Research the organizations that fit your skills and interest you. Learn about their mission and vision and be prepared to ask your interviewer questions.

If you find you have free time you can take an online course to add to your resume or something that adds to your own well-being. For example, Yale is offering a free online course on well-being which I've taken and it's really interesting and helpful. Plus you can take segments whenever you have the time.

Another good use of free time is to volunteer to help others. There are currently a tremendous amount of volunteer opportunities which also can be added to your resume in addition to the gratification you will receive from doing them. If you can't leave your home search for things you can do from there such as sending positive email messages to elderly folks who are confined.

Keep remembering that you have a bright future ahead!

With every good wish.
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Kathy’s Answer

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You can go to sites like www.careeronestop.org to find information on career exploration, training, and jobs. This site has tons of great information as you begin your search. You can look at different careers and what it takes for you to receive training, watch videos on different job types, and get questions answered.

One of the most important things you can do is to register with your local American Job Center at Broomfield Workforce Center which offers support with available job postings, job search workshops, and job fairs to name a few of the services. Although they are currently closed for you to go in right now, you can contact them at 303-464-5855 or visit their website at https://www.broomfield.org/2998/Job-Seeker-Services. You will be amazed at all the FREE services they offer!

You can also go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov/audience/jobseekers.htm to look at various occupations and learn about the current and future jobs outlook, advancement and training requirements, employment, salary, and a 10 year outlook for those occupations. There are also lots of other topics to explore on this page that will give you great information to help you get started.

I lost my job twice in three years during the last economic slowdown and utilized these resources myself. I found them to be so valuable in helping me to define what I wanted and who I wanted to work for versus sending out tons of resumes with no response. I even got a job working with the workforce centers in Denver and Jeffco where I was able to learn so much more as well as teach job seekers how to do an effective and rewarding job search. Give it a try and let us know how things go for you. Good luck in your search!
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Kei’s Answer

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Hi Merhawi. Good question. You can definitely explore career opportunities by widening your network.

You can either reach out to people you know and ask for their referral or build your account in LinkedIn. LinkedIn will make you see job opportunities within and outside your area. Choose the job postings that interest you most and feel free to try your luck by applying. Most recruiters process applications online now and they conduct video calls to complete the interview process. Make sure that you prepare for that.

First step will be to create a detailed resume. You can find tips online or ask for people you know for help!
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Riley’s Answer

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I'm not really sure what type of student you are (high school or college), but if you are in college the process is pretty much the same. If it works for your summer schedule, I would suggest looking for internships near you and applying to those because some companies might still be hiring for online work; the same goes for full-time jobs. However, if you are unable to be hired somewhere it is always beneficial to maybe take an online course pertaining to your major or read a relevant book; as these will just make you more knowledgable and it will show when you do start applying for jobs!
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Jarenn’s Answer

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Research what companies are hiring during the pandemic. These may be essential jobs in grocery stores, delivery, the medical field, etc. There are also companies who are continuing to hire as-normal and may have new hires work from home. Check job postings on LinkedIn and Indeed.com. Also, if you are interested in a particular company, go directly to their website and browse their career page.

Jarenn recommends the following next steps:

  • Brush up your resume and LinkedIn profile so you are ready to apply when you find the right opportunity.
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Atul’s Answer

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Update your latest professional profile with complete skillset and experience on the LinkedIn because during the pandemic most of the companies look for talent who has a specific skillset with flexibility of working from home during these times.
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