By Acara recruiting experts Sine Lorenzen and Kim Schultz.

During these difficult and uncertain times right now, you might be experiencing hardships at work or considering a career change.

As recruiters with Acara Solutions, our job is to support job seekers who might need support, assistance, and resources to help them get through our current situation. We’re here to help you move forward when businesses resume hiring.  

Here are five tips for job seekers during COVID-19.

1. Download Microsoft Teams or other virtual conference software.

While many businesses are putting a hold on in-house job interviews and other hiring protocols, our Acara recruiters are still having conversations with interested job seekers over the phone and through video chats. Right now, we still have a critical need for people who work in manufacturing, for example, and we’re using Microsoft Teams to meet with people, discuss their needs, and identify the most appropriate ways to move forward.

Resource: The Best Video Conferencing Software for 2020

2. Connect with current employees online.

To empower your job hunt, think more about your messaging via email and social media. Do some research online and see if you can connect with people who work at the companies you want to work for. Introduce yourself, explain what you’re looking for, and ask if there is anyone at the company who might be available to support your job search.

Resource: Top 4 LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers

3. Bulk up your home office.

Many recruiters are still available to talk about hiring, but are you equipped to have those conversations? To communicate with recruiters from home, you may need to update your hardware. Do you have an HD webcam? Is your laptop from 2003? Find out what you need and put it an order online. Remember to measure your spending, though; costs are critical, so don’t splurge on expensive technologies if you can’t afford to do so.

Resource:  The Best Work-from-Home Tech for 2020: Quarantine In Comfort

4. Size up a new career.

Do you work in a bar, restaurant, or entertainment venue? If you’re experiencing hardships right now, consider exploring more stable careers. In our experience, people who come from the restaurant or entertainment industries are really good at building relationships, communicating with people, and selling something—whether it’s a product or a performance. They also know what it’s like to work hard hours and develop trust with customers and colleagues. If this sound like you, look at job openings for entry-level sales and customer service positions.   

Resource: Job Search Results for Sales Positions at Superior Jobs

Use your free time to your advantage.

Whether you’re currently employed or not, you’re probably at home—or at least you should be. So now’s as good a time as any to:

  • Brush up your resume
  • Fine-tune your LinkedIn profile
  • Study best practices for phone and video interviews
  • Take an online course in your desired industry
  • Call your parents and tell them you love them

Additionally—and this is a biggie—go online to see what sort of statements companies are making during this crisis, and talk to your friends about what they’re experiencing at work with their employers. Compare that information to your current situation and ask yourself, “Is this the place I want to work? Are these the people I want to work for?” Let these answers guide your next move.

Resource: 6 Ways to Nail Your Phone Interview

We understand that we are now living in a very unpredictable and unsettling world right now. But if we all do our part (stay at home! Wash your hands!), then this will (hopefully) pass without affecting too many more people. When it does, you’ll want to be ready to hit the ground running.

For more job tips, check out our Blog and Resources pages.