The rules of job-hunting have changed during the pandemic—here are 3 ways to shift your approach

Friday, March 26, 2021
The rules for finding a new job during the coronavirus pandemic are completely different from what they were a year ago, when the share of opportunities outnumbered the share of people looking for work, and going through a completely virtual hiring process was far from the norm.

But if landing a new gig in 2021 is on your priority list, career coaches offer their best tips to narrow your focus, make the right connections and ace your interview. Here’s how to readjust your plan to find work in the recovering job market.

Forget what you know about finding a new job

The best thing a job seeker can do is consider the new ways of networking, applying and interviewing for a job as opportunities rather than barriers, says Akhila Satish, CEO of the leadership training program Meseekna.

“The world has changed, and all the paradigms we thought we knew about the hiring process have been tossed up in the air,” she tells CNBC Make It. “Instead of letting that overwhelm you, use it to your advantage.”

For example, with more companies supporting remote work and finding talent with non-traditional backgrounds, you may be able to apply for positions you previously weren’t able to due to location or education.

Sarah Sheehan, co-founder of the career coaching app Bravely, recommends women and people from marginalized groups not underestimate their qualifications or work history. Research has shown women are less likely to apply to jobs unless they feel 100% qualified for the role, whereas men are more likely to go for the role even if they feel they’re not entirely qualified. As a former recruiter, Sheehan recalls, “A lot of times, the most successful people you hire are ones who haven’t done exactly what you’ve hired them to do.

“So often, skills are transferrable and may be a stronger match for the job than someone who’s done the job directly,” Sheehan adds...

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