You’re ready to find a new job, but you know the search process will be very different this time. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on traditional job seeker activities, such as career fairs and networking happy hours — but it doesn’t stop there.

While widespread access to the COVID-19 vaccine is in the not-so-distant future, it’s going to take time for things to get back to normal. Even then, some changes to the job search process will likely be lasting, as they proved beneficial to both companies and employees.

Here’s a look at what to expect as you prepare to make a career move.

4 Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021

Typical Hiring Trends Will Likely Not Apply

Generally speaking, companies tend to hire more at the beginning of a new year and during the fall. Hiring usually slows down during the summer months and the holiday season, when many people are out of the office. However, this won’t necessarily be the case this year, as many companies are still feeling out the uncertainty.

Of course, companies that haven’t been too affected by the pandemic might continue to follow standing hiring trends, so do your research. Keep close tabs on the job posting activity of those you’re interested in, and let your network know you’re searching for new opportunities.

Competition Will Be Intense

Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs. For example, the unemployment rate rose from 3.5% in January 2020 to 6.3% in January 2021.

More people searching for jobs means it will be harder to get hired, but don’t let that discourage you. Instead, use it as motivation to create a custom — and flawless — resume for each opportunity, spend extra time preparing for every interview and place more emphasis than ever on networking.

Temporary Opportunities Will Be Prevalent

No one knows how long the pandemic will last, and that’s creating a lot of economic uncertainty. To avoid this, companies are hiring temporary workers in the interim. This allows them to keep their business running smoothly and easily change course if needed.

As a job seeker, temporary work offers many benefits, including the ability to gain a vast array of experience in a short period while learning more about your ideal company culture. You can also get an in at a company you’re interested in, as you’ll likely be first in mind for a full-time offer — when they’re ready to hire — if you make a great impression as a temp.

Remote Work Isn’t Going Anywhere

The pandemic has taught many employers that their workforce can function on an entirely — or almost entirely — remote basis. Consequently, you can expect to see more remote job listings as employers make this a permanent move. This is great, because it expands your options, without the need to relocate to a new town.

Want to find a new opportunity in Boone, Kenton, or Campbell County? PrideStaff Northern Kentucky is here to guide your search amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!


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