After COVID-19, simply applying for jobs online is not enough. Online job postings are getting flooded with applications due to record unemployment rates. Those who have been laid off now need to find a job. If you're in the same boat, these are the tips you should know as you navigate the post-pandemic job search.
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Some people will stay in jobs that they're unhappy with just because they're afraid to be involved in the job search process.
Instead of being held back by fear, job seekers should embrace the job search process.
Content<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzNjc2NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMDk0OTU0N30.KwaJdCGO2raigpPX4FFqaqLfa1KCwXHAQlYJj12x3vk/img.jpg?width=980" id="74d5f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="251a081ac3c268dc2c17284bf0f5277f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A job seeker actively consumes information about the job search process." /><p>The job search process is always evolving, and it's important to make every effort to keep up. The best way to keep up is to consume as much information as possible. Fortunately, there's a lot of information online about best practices for the job search process (i.e. video tutorials, online quizzes, blogs, etc.).</p><p>We offer a lot of this stuff for FREE at <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/" target="_blank">Work It Daily.</a></p><p>But, no matter where you go to find this content, it's important that you take that personal responsibility to get informed. <strong>School doesn't teach us how to find a job. </strong>It's literally in the hands of the job seeker.</p>
Coaching<div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:55%;position:relative;"><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/3ov9k9MYL49jCffbMY" width="100%" height="100%" style="position:absolute" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe></div><p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/nfl-football-new-england-patriots-3ov9k9MYL49jCffbMY">via GIPHY</a></p><p>Would Tom Brady have been as successful without Bill Belichick? This is a popular sports debate that we may never truly know the answer to. It's fair to say that Brady still may have been a good quarterback without the coaching of Belichick, but it's also fair to say that Belichick's coaching gave Brady a boost that made his career historic.</p><p>It's similar with career coaching. It's not impossible to find a job without a coach, but having a coach can help you find a job faster and leave you with lifelong lessons that could help you with future career growth opportunities.</p><p><strong>Using a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/why-you-need-a-career-coach" target="_self">career coach</a> is like making an investment in yourself. There are both long-term and short-term benefits that you can gain from it.</strong></p><p>If you don't feel that career coaching is right for you, you should at least tap into your network and consult with a trusted colleague or mentor, who could offer you some valuable advice about the job search process.</p>
Community<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzNjc4Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjg3NjAzNn0.qDfGQiDAKC4AeGh7KqE5tXss3D6k1JvGx8DlczFMfgE/img.jpg?width=980" id="2b8b1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="da138bf3fdbf3e2ed6836736e6c830e1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A group of young professionals collaborate." /><p>It's never easy to go through a tough life experience alone. The job search process is no different. It helps to surround yourself with a group of like-minded, positive people who are going through the same thing.</p><p>You can learn new things by listening to other people's job search experiences and exchanging ideas about the process.</p><p>There are many ways to be involved in a community during a job search,</p><p>A platform like Work It Daily offers multiple networking opportunities for its members to connect with other job seekers and build a support system. You can also tap into your network and reach out to connections that are also going through the job search process.</p><p>It helps to have a support system to not only motivate you, but to share in the setbacks and accomplishments.</p><p><br></p><p>There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the job search process, but taking advantage of all the resources available to you is a smart move.</p><p><strong>Speaking of resources, Work It Daily has a few that can help your job search.</strong></p><p>Check out our FREE <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/workitdaily-job-search-checklist/" target="_blank">Job Search Checklist</a> to help get your search on the right track.</p><p>To take full advantage of coaching and community, join <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">Work It Daily</a> today and have access to one-on-one online coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities.<br></p>
I love working with recent grads in their job search. After 12 years in school, they are experts at learning—which makes teaching them easier. They're like sponges. They learn and do. They have no bad job search habits, so teaching them is fun because I get to see their reaction when they get positive results for the first time.
1. I Will Not Compare Myself To My Friends<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjAzMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzE0Njg3MX0.zwq1wMHnhQ-EYlhisb6Uzk9B2dBV7Dk7x3USbNu0TOM/img.jpg?width=980" id="e61fe" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1ed0969043e72c892d38cb17b5e38b04" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young man at his first job out of college" /><p>No two graduates are the same. Each has <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/transferable-skills-job-seekers-need" target="_blank">different skills</a>, abilities, needs, and wants. Just because your friend gets a new job, doesn't mean he or she is better than you. Keep the blinders on and focus on your job search, not theirs.</p><p>Jealousy is a useless emotion that derails a job search. Besides, your friend might be able to help you get a job. It's in your best interest to be genuinely happy for them!</p>
2. I Will Not Take The Summer Off<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA0NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwODg4ODQ4MH0.8MitIavuefBecdIpEl6xIGYhezluI2tGekrd_wRdSTU/img.jpg?width=980" id="72b2c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a84efa6278eac03c4f083aacf3ae9d8a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young woman conducts a job search in the summer after college" /><p>Don't delay your job search. Employers see it as acting entitled and lazy. Get in gear—right now! Trust me, you aren't going to find a job in the next two weeks. And, job search isn't a full-time gig.</p><p>Carve out time every day to work on your job search and you'll still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer. Before the temperature cools down, turn your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/keys-to-a-successful-job-search" target="_blank">job search success</a> up! It's about working smarter, not harder. </p>
3. I Will Not Spend Weeks Designing My Resume<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA0OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODc4MDIzOH0.HKZ9F5Mmf2v2XsZp16z3AETmPEMD7YyPr_IyqUKf-Zw/img.jpg?width=980" id="d999e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3182c641cdcc83a8abebd434b08d7164" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="College student stresses about writing his resume" /><p>Your resume isn't going to get you the job. Networking is.</p><p>Don't waste time trying to make your resume perfect. At this <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/stages-career-grief-lost-job" target="_blank">stage in your career</a>, there just isn't that much you can put on it to impress employers. The "wow" factor will come from you being smart, articulate, and engaging—which doesn't come through on paper. You have to meet people to make that happen.</p>
4. I Will Learn To Network...Fast!<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA1Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjY5OTA5M30.c1Af8qZDaPFpCraFtrQDFWocgF46wLbOZu8vFafdeVw/img.jpg?width=980" id="a4931" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d1ad262b004e2ab3475e46f08e9d7a8c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of interns networking" /><p>Networking is the most powerful way to get hired. Yet, most recent grads assume because they've never worked, they have no one to network with. Wrong!</p><p>People love helping recent grads. Learn to "<a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-prepare-informational-interview" target="_blank">informational interview</a>" and set up as many as you can. The sooner you learn to network, the sooner you get hired.</p>
5. I Will Not Expect Too Much Of My First Job<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA2NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTYwMDI2MH0.pKZcG7TzRmuX0YzNBQff_OQwwC0fTNdFpQ0L-xj2l24/img.jpg?width=980" id="d7fd2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="256ea49a54d0b9a52d560831c731e305" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad on her first day at a new job" /><p>Most recent college grads feel they're overqualified for many of the entry-level jobs posted. However, most employers feel you're not, and may even have unrealistic expectations for an entry-level position.</p><p>The hard reality is you don't have the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/quantify-work-experience-on-resume" target="_blank">work experience</a> for anything but entry-level jobs. The sooner you take an entry-level job and work at it for six months, the sooner you can start applying to the more exciting jobs that are currently out of your reach.</p>
6. I Will Remember That EVERY Job Is Temporary<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA3MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTYzOTMxM30.FOqw-ljoJM_Z20JW2HOMfrefNR6DhcZ_esT3lGfQWSQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="136f3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="368b245c3cbbde2958b85ef6b0ba3a6e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young man thinks about the job search after college" /><p>While the entry-level job you take will not be your dream job, that's okay because you won't be there very long. You'll either excel in the job and <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-position-yourself-for-a-promotion" target="_blank">get promoted</a> or get experience and be able to apply for a better job.</p><p>"Every job is temporary," is one of our mantras at Work It Daily, which is why you always have to improve and work on your career every day. Whether you're looking for your first job or just a new one, you need to keep that mindset. It will pay off, we promise.</p>
7. I Will Study Up On Workplace Professionalism As Much As I Can<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA3Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NDQ4NzcxMH0.avIjd_OHZttk4ZslUB_OKPQGTAFenhbO3cxbFTrwpaA/img.jpg?width=980" id="10377" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c68e932139de90482cceca96c2849324" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad goes in for a job interview" /><p>The #1 complaint corporate America has about recent grads is their perceived lack of professionalism. Read up on attire, attitude, verbal <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/st/isat" target="_blank">communication style</a>, and so on. The more prepared you are, the better the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/make-a-great-first-impression" target="_blank">first impression</a> you'll make.</p>
8. I Will Be Very Careful In My Written Communication Style<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA4MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjkxNjgxMX0.c7rxL05pqnx9hswX7ksfONdEfCCRbKeb07EH1sTKroE/img.jpg?width=980" id="1586d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e0c0c634a8f092da90e8f51db0847779" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad applies for jobs online" /><p>The #2 complaint corporate America has about recent grads is their poor written communication skills. Spelling, grammar, and so on.</p><p>Be very careful when <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-write-a-cover-letter" target="_blank">writing cover letters</a>, emails, and any other written communication related to your job search. One typo can get you disqualified!</p>
9. I Will Expect Rejection (A Lot Of It)<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA0MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTU5MTY0N30.260gXFecJgadbkFfgpCQ2H2hF34BrUC17XX_RrqnOXI/img.jpg?width=980" id="7467a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9e8aab44c0c3ca5d353d6fcb6b743aeb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad gets a job rejection" /><p>You'll apply to dozens of jobs and have as many as 10 interviews before getting an offer. There is a learning curve to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/college-grads-covid-19-job-search" target="_blank">getting hired</a>, and it happens with practice.</p><p>Expect to get passed over for jobs and learn to cope with the rejection. The sooner you can pick yourself up and get back to the job search, the sooner you'll get another interview and eventually an offer.</p>
10. I Will Become A “Professional" User Of Social Media<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA5MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTE3NTg4Nn0.etpJ9ONQfOGqtKaVzm9VXwYFUlYWsOoGZfD_5yLNVUo/img.jpg?width=980" id="c048f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e7a24bd1f7e174ddb26ee323ad9795b8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of college students on their phones looking at social media" /><p>For the last four years, social media has been used for your enjoyment. Now, it's time to use it for the job search.</p><p>Clean up the Facebook page, get yourself set up on LinkedIn, and study how people are using Twitter to meet hiring managers. Use <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/social-media-job-search-prep" target="_blank">social media to build an online presence</a> that when searched by a recruiter (and trust us, they will look you up online), what they'll find is a recent grad who's clearly ready to enter the workforce.</p><p>A strong social media presence can literally land you the job interview. Engage in best practices for social media to advance your career.</p>
11. I Will Not Brag About My New Job When I Finally Get It<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA4My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjcyMzE1Nn0.VEhg64yEqcXK-EEBbUBCM9vpF8_LEIecJhJGvIj8CRc/img.jpg?width=980" id="b0160" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="36a5b135ed4a5b5e3260dc199064f589" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young woman finds out she got a job after college" /><p>Getting your first job will be thrilling. I mean over-the-top incredible. That being said, refrain from posting the good news all over the internet and making it your first topic of conversation with friends. Why? Go back to commandment #1.</p><p>Remember: you'll be surrounded by people who haven't gotten their first job and will be jealous. Be the bigger person and keep a low profile on the new gig. Of course, if asked, you can share the good news, but do your best to redirect the conversation after that.</p><p>Show how humble you are. You just never know at some future date, that person could remember your gracious attitude and be willing to help you get your next job because of it. The friends you make now will be the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-grow-professional-network" target="_blank">colleagues you network with</a> in the future. Treat them kindly and it will pay off in the long run.</p>
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, it's easy to become discouraged by the negative headlines, particularly when it comes to the economy.
While the unemployment figures are high, and the competition for jobs is stiff, there are opportunities available.