How is COVID-19 affecting hiring?

The past few months have seen increasing changes due to the current coronavirus outbreak. As cities and states start to shut down businesses, it’s natural to wonder what that means if you’re currently in the middle of a job search. Is coronavirus affecting hiring?

It’s true that the economy is slowing, businesses attempting to move their workforce remote or even closing up shop temporarily.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you should put a hard stop to your search.

What we’re seeing with employers.

We work with small businesses every day, helping them with HR and their recruiting efforts. We’re seeing many small businesses putting hiring efforts on hold. They’re looking to remote work options where possible and are considering what to do in case they are forced to close for a period of time.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t be submitting your applications during this time. It does, however, mean you’ll need to be more patient as everything will be moving slower for a while.

Use common sense judgment in deciding whether to call a business about your application. Many small business owners won’t appreciate it when they’re dealing with so much. Larger businesses will be more likely to continue to process applications.

Changes to the interview process.

Employers are still holding interviews, especially for those already in the process. Many are opting for telephone or video interviews where possible. This allows businesses that can’t afford to wait to continue their hiring process while observing social distancing.

Given the uncertainty of the next few weeks or months, it’s likely that many businesses will hold off making any final decisions unless they absolutely have to.

When asked to interview via phone or video, keep your surroundings in mind. Just as you would want to be professionally dressed in an interview, you want to take notice of your environment too. Try to take the call somewhere quiet with very little distracting clutter in the background—if the call is over video.

If you are asked to come in for an in-person interview, make sure you’re washing your hands regularly. Consider bringing hand sanitizer with you. Absolutely reschedule the interview if you are showing any concerning symptoms.

You can keep up to date on information about the virus on the CDC Website dedicated to the disease.

What does this mean for you?

A job search is never easy.

It’s always going to be full of a lot of waiting and rejection.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to stay committed but patient.

This might be a good time to clean up your resume or put some extra time into those cover letters.

It could even be a great time to pick up some new skills that will make you more valuable in the workplace when things start to return to normal. Check out this list of lucrative skills you can study online for free.

Don’t lose hope.

Your future job is out there waiting for you… even if you’ll have to wait for it a little longer than expected.