Job Search

Online Applications

  • Business as usual! Your application materials (résumé and cover letter) should still be targeted to the company and for the role you’re applying.
  • You’re still creating a target list of companies to pursue. Consider researching companies that transcend the impact of the coronavirus, including technology companies and healthcare, rather than companies directly impacted.
  • Most companies use an ATS (applicant tracking system). Keep this in mind when customizing your résumé and cover letters. Keywords can help you make it through a first-round cut.
  • Networking still makes the biggest difference when submitting online applications. While you can’t meet in-person, you can network via phone or in a virtual space. See tips and tricks below.

Network Virtually

  • More people are using LinkedIn because they are working remotely.
    • Update your LinkedIn profile—especially search terms that will help your profile become more visible. Your personal brand should be polished and consistent between a LinkedIn profile, résumé, and cover letter.
    • You can search for people in certain industries or companies.
    • Customize LinkedIn messages when connecting. Read this article from The Muse: Want People to Accept Your LinkedIn Requests? Use These 10 Templates
    • Comment on LinkedIn posts. LinkedIn rewards people who like, comment, or post. You show up more in searches. Read this article from The Career Sherpa: 25 Inspiring Ideas for What To Post On LinkedIn


  • Interviews are still happening. Many on-site interviews are turning into video or phone interviews.
  • Some companies are not used to video interviews. It’s your job to build rapport and likeability just as you would during an in-person video.
  • Some interviews have been postponed because employees are working remotely. Stay in contact with the HR office as interviews will likely be rescheduled via phone or video. This is temporary as employers need to organize their staff first.
    • Video Interview Best Practices
      • Check your technology prior to interviewing. Ask for a phone number in case video technology fails.
      • Ignore your mini video screen. Adjust your outfit and hair prior to streaming.
      • Ensure your lighting is sufficient.
      • Share screen and have samples of your work to showcase.
      • Read this article: How to Prepare for a Video Interview

Follow-Up After the Interview

  • At the end of an interview, always ask about the hiring timeline. Realize this may not be concrete. Some companies may be delaying offers.
  • If the company gives you a timeline, follow it and ask for an update at the end of their deadline.
  • If no timeline is given, continue to follow-up weekly about the role. This will help showcase interest and excitement.
  • Be positive and upbeat in your follow-up. “I am checking the status of this role.”
  • Communication will lag while companies figure out their next move. Recruiters may ignore you, as they wait to find out more information.
  • Read this article: 4 Non-annoying Ways to Follow-up after an Interview

Hiring Freezes

  • Some companies need time to regroup. HR offices are busy organizing their people as many companies begin instituting remote work. Be patient with delayed communication.
  • Hiring freezes will likely be temporary. HR offices are waiting for information from leadership before they can move forward.
  • Stay in contact and express your interest in the company and the role.

Offer Accepted

  • If you’ve received an offer, you may have a delayed start date. Stay in contact with the HR office or hiring manager.
  • Emphasize your flexibility and ability to work remotely (if possible).

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