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How to Survive a Job Search During a Global Pandemic

By Jernice Kelley
Web Content Contributor

As a senior in college, you either suffer from senioritis or spend most of your time looking for jobs and internships. For me, I fall into the job-hunting category. I have lost count of how many jobs and internships I have applied to.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has significantly impacted the livelihood of many people. With the economy slowly reopening, many adults have found themselves in the position of having to search for a job after the initial shutdowns. 

According to Today, graduates are facing hiring challenges due to the pandemic.

A job search can be difficult on its own, but the pandemic has added to it. The pool of applicants is larger, awkward virtual interviews occur due to laggy internet connection and more. Although navigating the job search can be overwhelming at times, even without a pandemic, it is a learning curve.

I have to constantly remind myself to stay positive during my job search. Not only that, but I have had to make some adjustments to the way I approach my job search. During the quarantine I decided to work on my LinkedIn profile, become comfortable with teleconferencing and networking whenever possible. 

Since I have to apply to twice as many jobs, I found that giving myself a break was much needed. Now, I set time aside in my day to search for jobs, and not let it consume my entire day. Just that simple adjustment has allowed me to avoid burnout during this time. 

I noticed that many jobs posted do not start immediately. The position may be for two weeks to two months from the post date. Even so, the job may disappear within a week or more. So, I have had to learn patience. Anything can happen or change at a moment’s notice so expectations must be managed.

With that being said, stay in touch with contacts. Having open lines of communication with hiring managers and recruiters is a big help. It shows initiative and keeps you on their radar. Even if the position is filled by another candidate, they may keep you in mind when that position or others become available in their company. 

Even though job searching can feel like a job itself sometimes, stay positive and keep yourself motivated. Give yourself time to find a position or company that is right for you. It may be hard now, but it is only temporary. 

Professor Heather Austin discusses how to stay motivated during a job hunt.

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