6 Tips to Help Your Job Search During COVID-19

With a changing job market, economic downturn, and the uncertainty that’s come with this global health crisis, your job search may have been put on the back burner. Today, we’re covering 6 tips to help you keep up with your job search and tackle the obstacles that you may face in the current job market.

1. Be Adaptable

With COVID-19’s effects on the economy and job market, it’s important to remember to be adaptable to change. Hiring and recruiting processes, work environment, and required skills and experience are all changing with the requirements of a mid-pandemic market, and evaluating your expectations and priorities can help you align your job search to fit the type of role you’re looking for.

2. Don’t Give Up

It can be tempting to put a pause on your job search amid so much uncertainty, but keep in mind that hiring situations can change at any time. Reach out to hiring managers or recruiters that you’ve been in contact with in the past, and keep your resume updated on job search sites.

3. Broaden Your Search

It can be disheartening to find a lack of jobs in your field during your job search. To expand your options, think about additional roles you may be interested in pursuing, consider how the work you were doing before the pandemic has changed and evolved, and be open to exploring roles you may not have previously considered.

4. Consider Contract Work

Permanent opportunities have been disappearing for the past several months – but for some, it’s easier than ever to find contract work. If you haven’t already, consider searching for contract or temporary roles. Many of these contracts span several months, feature the possibility of extension, and can even offer higher rates than regular permanent roles. Connecting with a recruiter in your area is a great way to learn about contract opportunities and prepare yourself for temporary employment.

5. Expand Your Online Network

It’s more important than ever to equip yourself with the skills necessary to effectively network online. Update your LinkedIn profile, check out social media groups, and consider reaching out to recruiters and hiring managers in your field. Networking online helps you to learn about opportunities you may not have known about otherwise, and allows you to connect with people that will be invaluable throughout every stage of your job search.

6. Be Prepared for Remote Interviews and Work

One of the biggest changes since the onset of COVID-19 has been the push towards remote hiring practices and remote work. Because of this, a great way to equip yourself for a successful job search is to get prepared for this ahead of time. Set up a comfortable home office, get organized, and consider investing in a quality webcam to help you stand out during potential interviews.

Don’t forget – Stellar Recruitment is here to help during these difficult times. If you or someone you know is struggling in their hiring practices or job search, get in touch at info@stellar-recruitment.com to speak to a recruiter today.

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Posted by Emily

6 Tips for Interviewing Remotely

Interviewing remotely can be a challenge. It’s relatively easy to put your best foot forward when you have the opportunity to meet with a hiring manager face to face, but video interviewing opens up the opportunity for a number of potential problems, and it can be tough to know how to approach the process.

With an increase of remote hiring practices taking place, especially considering the sudden influx of employees and companies conducting business from home, we’ve compiled these 5 tips for acing your video interview.

1. Get Prepared

Just because you’re interviewing from the comfort of your own home, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to skip past the preparation process. Just like any other interview, it’s important to brush up on your knowledge of the company you’re interviewing with and prepare a list of questions to ask the hiring manager.

2. Clean Up Your Space

Make sure the space you’ll be interviewing from is clean, tidy, and professional looking. You also may want to consider removing any items from the background of your video to ensure the interviewer’s full attention is on you. Setting up your space in front of a blank wall with plenty of natural light is always a great idea. If natural light isn’t possible, make sure you’re in a well-lit environment.

3. Focus on the Camera

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re not interviewing face to face. Make sure you’re spending the majority of your time focusing on camera, and not looking down at your notes or paying attention to how you appear in the webcam window.

4. Minimize Distractions

When you’re preparing to interview from home, make sure there’s minimal background activity that may distract you from the task at hand. If you have pets, consider removing them from the room. Ensure your family is aware that you’ll need a quiet space to yourself, and be sure to turn your phone volume off and close out any additional browser windows while the interview is taking place.

5. Stay Confident

Interviewing remotely can be just as, if not more, nerve-wracking than interviewing in person. It’s important to remember to relax, take a deep breath, and make sure that you’re speaking slowly, clearly, and confidently.

6. Dress to Impress 

Interviewing from home isn’t an excuse to wear sweatpants – make sure you dress the part, even if your interviewer can only see your face. Dressing appropriately for an interview, no matter where you are, can help you project confidence and professionalism into your delivery, and helps put you in a great mindset to ace your interview.

Are you participating in more remote interviews in recent weeks? Do you have any tips for job searching during the Covid-19 outbreak? Make sure you stay connected with us on social media to keep up on remote job search tips, information about working from home, and more!

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Top 5 Reasons to Work with an Agency Recruiter

1. They Can Answer Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask

We’ve all been there – you have a job interview coming up that you’re trying to prepare for, but you have no idea what to expect. What are the most important things to know about the company? What are the hiring managers like? What questions should you ask? What should you wear?

Working with a recruiter allows you to have an insider’s point of view into the hiring process. Your recruiter has likely prepared candidates for interviews with your desired company dozens of times, which allows them to know the ins and outs of that specific interview process. So if you’ve ever had a question that you’re just too afraid to ask during an interview, ask your recruiter – you might be surprised at what you can learn to set yourself up for success.

2. They Want You to Succeed

Unlike applying directly to a company and working with their HR team throughout the hiring process, working with an agency recruiter ensures their full attention is on you, allowing you to put your best foot forward. Recruiters also benefit from you getting hired, and they’ll do whatever they can to help you win the role of your dreams.

As long as you want the job, your recruiter wants you to get the job, and they’ll do everything in their power to make it happen.

3. You’ll Gain Access to Unlisted Job Opportunities

Job hunting can get pretty tiresome when you’re seeing the same roles for the same companies posted on every job board across the internet. This is a major benefit to seeking out a recruitment agency. Due to client confidentiality, your recruiter may have access to dozens of jobs that aren’t advertised to the general public, and often for highly specialized positions. Take care to select an agency that recruits for roles in your field, and you’ll have a selection of highly desired open jobs that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

4. You’ll Have Job Hunting Resources at Your Disposal

Do you want to learn almost every job search trick in the book? An agency recruiter is your best bet. They’ll know the ins and outs of the job market, have insider knowledge about current trends in your industry, and have the ability to link you up with top notch resources to help simplify your job search and make the process as streamlined as possible.

Your recruiter will be able to help you with resume formatting and optimization, interview tips, market trends, and everything in between. If your ultimate goal is to land the best job you can get, working with a recruiter is the way to do it.

5. They’re With You All the Way

Whether you’re a first-time contractor, long-term permanent employee searching for a new opportunity, or the most seasoned consultant out there, starting a new role can be daunting. This is where your recruiter can play a huge part in your overall success at a new company. They’ll act as a liaison for you to celebrate your victories, voice your concerns, and share your thoughts about how your job is going, even in the weeks and months following your original placement. Your relationship with your recruiter can be one that develops throughout the course of your professional career, and it’s hugely beneficial great to have someone in your corner throughout the ups and downs of your job search.

 For information about working with a Stellar recruiter, visit our I’m Job Hunting page to learn more, or send us an email at info@stellar-recruitment.com.

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9 Creative Social Posts You Should Be Using to Help Drive Your Recruiting Efforts

When it comes to recruiting, your employees can be your greatest advocates—but it’s up to you to provide them with content and messages to share with their networks, especially on social media. In the first 10 years of their career, 86% of people are likely to use social media in the job search, making social a crucial channel to support your recruiting efforts.

Having a strong presence on social means thinking beyond your organization’s handles and empowering your employees to share company news, job postings and personal experiences. But no one gets excited about sharing stock messages and marketing-speak. Taking a creative approach to your social content, providing suggested messaging as a jumping off point and adopting an easy-to-use employee advocacy platform will help get your team talking.

As you develop a social content strategy for building your employer brand, here are nine ideas for posts to showcase your organization, engage your team members and publish posts that get prospective employees excited to learn more.

1. Video job postings

Visual content—photos, videos, GIFs, illustrations and more—quickly gets viewers’ attention. On Facebook, videos draw 62% more engagement than photos, and as of March 2016, the time people spent watching video on Instagram had increased 40% in the past six months.

When it comes to sharing your organization’s story and culture, make video a priority. Use Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to share a video that highlights one of your open positions. Keep it short, and make sure the tone reflects your culture. You could have the hiring manager talk about the role, show the team that the new hire would work with or shoot a clip showing an initiative they would contribute to.

2. Employee social takeovers or “a day in the life”

Ask your social team to collaborate with an employee to orchestrate either a takeover of a company social media profile or a collaborative “day in the life” feature. This might work best on a platform like Instagram, which B2B companies in particular can use to demonstrate their culture and workplace environment.

3. Conversation openers

Social media is a channel designed for two-way dialogue, not just broadcasting. Ask your audience for their opinions, and provide a way to get involved. At Sprout, we decided to throw a party and asked our audience to vote for the theme based on a #HashtagHolidays calendar we developed. Show your employees and prospective candidates that their feedback matters, even if it’s in a fun and silly way—everyone loves to spread the news of a party.

Sprout Social

@SproutSocial

We’re throwing an epic party & you’re invited! Should it 🍩 Day? 🎮 Day? How about 🌮 Day? Vote here: http://bit.ly/1U9DrXH 

#HashtagHolidays Pick Your Party

Voting has ended, and Taco Day it is! See you all October 4. Visit bit.ly/hashtagholidays for the full list of holidays and to download your own digital copy.

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4. Employee-generated content

According to Weber Shandwick, 50% of your employees are already posting on social media about your company. Don’t waste the opportunity—monitor social media to find public posts in which employees are advocating for your company or sharing thought leadership, and amplify them through your brand handles.

Obsidian PR@ObsidianPR

My tasks change day-to-day and client-to-client. I always come in prepared and expecting to something new. –Taylor

Empower your employees to share content about your organization by providing social media and digital literacy training, and make reading and sharing even easier by using an employee advocacy platform where you can curate content you’d like them to share.

Brian C.@lightningmonkey

You guys! My team over @SproutSocial just released another awesome feature! Go look at it! http://sproutsocial.com/insights/publishing-calendar/ 

Introducing the All-New Publishing Calendar in Sprout Social

Sprout’s new publishing calendar adds even more to our existing team publishing tools to make it easier to collaborate on content campaigns across networks.

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5. Statistics, both serious and silly

People love numbers, whether they’re serious or silly. If your organization has numbers to be proud of, turn them into a graphic that employees would be proud to share on social. Consider statistics like: Average tenure with the company, % company growth, and # of new locations or team members added.  If you aren’t able to share serious numbers, get creative with statistics that represent values, perks or quirks of your culture: Volunteer hours performed by employee, donations during a philanthropic drive, miles run by your company run club or the number of cupcakes consumed by employees

SPi Global@spiglobal

70% of our employee population across 5 continents will raise 60,000 volunteer hours for today’s CSR Day

6. Employee spotlights

Highlight a valued member of your team on social by sharing a photo of them on the job, pursuing a hobby or accomplishing a career goal like speaking at an industry event. These kinds of posts encourage employees to learn more about each other while also putting faces to your brand for both customers and prospective employees.

7. Live events

Take to a live-streaming network like Periscope or Meerkat to share a beloved company tradition with both employees and your broader audience. Whether it’s a community service day, a team-building retreat or a canoe trip, live video gives viewers the sense of an unfiltered window into your company culture.

8. Unique perks

Does your office welcome pets, provide catered lunches every day or offer flexible/summer hours? Don’t hesitate to show and tell on social. Use an image or video to demonstrate the benefit of these perks: For example, an annual picnic encourages team-building and relaxation while (in NerdWallet’s case) encouraging employees to try a new game.

9. Values in action

Your organization’s core values are the foundation of your culture and business practices. Identify moments where employees express those values, whether that’s in the office or through company-sponsored volunteering or social responsibility initiatives.

When it comes to the latter, take note: According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, employees of companies engaged in societal issues are more likely to keep working for their company, recommend their company as an employer and recommend products and services to others than employees of companies that are not engaged in societal issues. Using social media to show your values in action will help keep your employees engaged while giving candidates a look at what matters to your team.

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