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Finding Work in a Virtual World

Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a very difficult year and with only 2 months left in the year it may seem like they may never move the needle in what I like to call a “hide and seek game” for jobs. What do I mean by “hide and seek?” Well just like the game that you played as a child, a job is hard to find in these times! The days of going into companies, filling out an application, handing someone your resume and getting to speak to someone face to face are long gone. In the age of COVID-19, we must be strategic about the steps we take in looking for a career.

The Shift to Virtual Interviews

Thinking about this new virtual hiring space, we must be mindful that we may not get to interview in person. Weird right? Well it may seem that way, but this has been an ongoing trend. In an article from Balance Careers, more and more companies are conducting online job interviews. These interviews save employers money because they save time and it gives the candidate a more relaxed setting. Besides, the technology needed to conduct online interviews has become mainstream, so it is a simple and effective way to interview candidates for employment. Most, if not all virtual interviews will be live, so you don’t have to worry about pre-recording your interview. If you are asked to so a pre-recorded interview, having someone aid in the recording will help you stay focused on the task at hand.

Now you will want to be mindful that even though we are home and in a more relaxed environment the same rules apply and Wired has reminded us that of things that we may not think of such as background noise, camera placement, being familiar with the online platform, and of course dress code! Hiring managers are looking for how prepared you are for the interview, timeliness, and the level of attention that you have during the interview.

Making the Most of Your Remote Onboarding Experience

So, you had the interview and now comes the waiting for the offer which can be difficult but worth it once you receive the call. Now the next steps may also seem to be new as most new hire paperwork, orientation and training are normally done in person and hands on. Some still are, but in case these things are done virtually as well, no biggie you got this! Just like you prepared for the interview you must prepare for onboarding as well. Again, this might be something new to you, but not to those that are here to help you through the process. Before you know it your first day will be here!

Kelly Can Help

As a recruiter for Kelly my goal is to help prepare you to meet with and connect you with the hiring manager. Consider the recruiter as your personal coach in your job search, we will help you come up with a play book that you can use to move the needle forward. Whether that means helping edit your resume to be more appealing, giving feedback on interviews that went well and those that may have missed the mark, we at Kelly are here to help with all of that. Check out our website for more details on how we can help.

Here are a few more resources that you can check out to help you through this virtual hiring world:

Hidden Market 80% of jobs are not posted on job boards or company websites. These positions are filled in the hidden job market. Check this course out and many more that are offere.d free by LinkedIn.

Kelly Jobs Kelly Services can help you identify the type of work you are looking for. Reach out today!

Written by Let’s Detroit Ambassador JeJuana Pittman, Talent Recruiter at Kelly Services. Connect with JeJuana here.

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