We're now way past the half-way mark of 2020 and I think it's safe to say, it's been an unpredictable rollercoaster. We've all experienced a few unpleasant surprises and new challenges to stress us out. The good news with difficulties, though, is that we can always learn something from them. Having been working with hundreds of IT contractors over the past few months to help them keep their careers moving, I've seen tons of job search advice -- some good and some meh. These are the top four job search tips I've been passing along to my network as we start to get used to our "new world":
1. Communication is Key
Communication skills and the ability to explain your role and your skill set are more important than ever. Clients are looking for individuals that can communicate in an effective manner to make sure that all issues and problems are addressed right away and correctly in remote work places. They are looking for confident orators and individuals that have good writing skills. Make sure to communicate strongly and effectively during your interviews and read over your resume for any grammatical and spelling errors.
2. Relationship Building with Your Recruiter
Now is the time to make that relationship with your recruiter more than a couple quick phone calls every couple of months, and more a business relationship. Make sure that your recruiter knows what you are willing to do and where you want your career to take you in these uncertain times. Let them know what your rate range is, what your strengths are and what separates you from the rest of the pack. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and this is a perfect time to be the one contacting your recruiter regularly to make sure you are not missing out on any opportunities.
3. Full-Time Opportunities
Many companies are sending out more full-time opportunities. If you are a contract worker, maybe it is the time to ask some questions and see what some of the full-time opportunities look like in your area of expertise? You don't need to switch from contract work, but it is a good thing to know what is out there and what full-time opportunities can afford you as well.
4. Try Something New -- Remote work
A lot of the opportunities in the market are for remote work only. This is a great time to look at companies that you normally would not have the chance of applying for due to geographic issues. With more companies forced into using remote workers this will open up the job market to people who are struggling to find the right projects when they live in areas that might not offer that type of work. This is an opportunity to apply to projects outside of your city and see what kind of opportunities can come from working at home. Worst case scenario, your name and resume get sent to a hiring manager!
How else have you adjusted your job search in the past few months so you can take advantage of a changing job market? Have any of these four tips in particular worked (or not worked) for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!