How COVID-19 affects the job search and what you can do
It’s hard to know how long the current situation will last and what the impact on hiring will be in the immediate future. Some industries and career levels will see a larger impact than others.
While recruitment will slow down initially, the downcycle will inevitably come to an end and institutions will need to rebound and hire staff to fill open positions.
What is important during this interim period is to continue with your job search activities and stay engaged with your network. Continue communicating your strengths and goals, so that you remain top of mind as job opportunities open up.
Ideas for keeping your search going:
Seek advice and help from within your community
AGU has put together a collection of resources for the Earth and space science community, including volunteers from the College of Fellows who are willing to talk and connect with grad students, post-docs and early career scientists.
Sign up for job alerts
Make sure to sign up for job alerts so you are aware of new job vacancies. The slowdown will not affect all industries and some positions will still need to be filled immediately as well as down the road.
Update your profile and resume
Take this opportunity to create a career center profile that highlights your skills so that employers can find you. Review and refresh your resume. Add new positions, update previous roles. Increase your marketability by pursuing distance learning opportunities. Now is a great time to learn a new skill or develop advanced knowledge in your area.
Prepare for video interviews
Expect more interviewing to take place via video. Make sure you have a workspace background that is clean and uncluttered with appropriate lighting. Record yourself practicing so that you can find the right camera height and angle. Positioning your camera too low can create an imposing impression and too close can seem overly intrusive.
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