Once the interview is scheduled, the employer will indicate whether it will be an in-person or virtual format. If it’s virtual, a video interview presents an excellent alternative to meeting the employer in person.
In the same method as an in-person interview, be sure to have the jobseeker practice their responses to anticipated questions prior to the interview in a mock interview session. Remember to have them think about the questions they would have for the potential employer, as well as what they want to express about themselves and their experience.
Before a video interview, it is recommended for jobseekers to create a professional looking “set” with a neat office area and plain wall background if possible. Grooming and appropriate attire are important.
Since many jobs are currently remote, jobseekers should be prepared to discuss their best work from home practices.
2) Virtual Employer Recruitment Events & Job Fairs
Learning Management systems or other online platforms create a forum to host virtual job fairs that connect employers and jobseekers. Jobseekers are able to meet directly with employers. Employers offer resources and information about their company and open positions through handouts, links to their webpage, videos to watch and one-on-one interview time slots to meet with candidates. Other resources include presentations, Q&A sessions and more.
3) Professional Networking
Online social media platforms such as LinkedIn offer jobseekers a plethora of resources when it comes to networking, job hunting and interviewing. If jobseekers don’t already have a profile on LinkedIn, be sure to strongly encourage that they register and set one up. They will be able to upload their resume for free and connect with other professionals as well as view job openings and apply for open positions. The Groups function on LinkedIn is also valuable because you can join different professional organizations or associations that will provide connections to a network of contacts and increase the jobseeker’s likelihood of landing a job.
4) New Skills, Staffing Firms and Research
Jobseekers should consider learning new skills or even enrolling in an online certificate or degree program prior to or during job searching. There are free online courses on educational sites such as Kahn Academy or Coursera. College courses taught by high-caliber, qualified professors and instructors are offered online for free and the option to earn a certificate for a fee is also available.
Temporary staffing firms are also a viable option for many jobseekers. Contingent labor is essential in uncertain economic times because it allows companies to take a paced approach to their recovery and it gives job candidates more say and flexibility when it comes to what kind of job, hours and duties will best work for their individual situation.
Researching companies and opportunities online can be very beneficial. One helpful idea jobseekers can try is to make a target list of companies in their area where they would potentially like to work. Then they can look up the company’s website to learn more about it and check their hiring page to see if any jobs are available. Suggest that jobseekers schedule a time on their calendar every week to prompt them to check each company’s site on a regular basis to monitor any new openings that might be posted.
5) Volunteer From a Distance
A great way for jobseekers to gain relevant experience and bridge employment gaps is to volunteer in the community. Even though many in-person opportunities are temporarily unavailable, there are virtual options where people can still make a difference!
There are charities for nearly every topic you can think of, so be sure to encourage jobseekers to do their own research based on their personal interest or cause that’s close to their hearts.
Check out the sampling of organizations below who offer ways to volunteer virtually and click on the highlighted hyperlink to go directly to the organization's webpage.