Work force employment - Uptick in Hiring (FINALLY!)
Fierce IT Leader: HEAR ME ROAR!
July 7,2020 at 1:44PM UTC (Edited)
Over the past several months, I have posted a few times about the trials and tribulations of not only looking for a new career challenge but coping with all the issues that the current pandemic has created in hiring practices. I was laid off at the beginning of when Covid became "popular" and the struggle has been real in trying to search for quality employment.
I tried going back to my roots of waitressing, bartending, etc. Those jobs were non-existent because of the pandemic. I offered to work as a transcriptionist, receptionist, and general office admin but folks wouldn't hire me because they knew that I was overqualified and that I would likely leave once things got better (they were right, too!). I applied to be a cashier at a number of locations and nope, didn't get hired. It's all good because I was needed at home during this time of strife.
I never gave up applying but I became super picky this time around. I am like several of you who have posted about being older and more established in career and life. That has made me do alot more research and take time in choosing where to submit my super skillsets to. Interviewing has changed radically. Recruitment has become, in my opinion, lax. Returning messaging has held excuses of "I am so behind because of Covid-19". It can be extremely humbling, frustrating, and quite honestly, ANNOYING. Don't give up!
I have seen an upswing in receiving invites to interview. I am on what I hope to be my final rounds of interviewing this week with a great company. I have had offers come since the beginning of the year and disappear just as quickly. Again, with the excuse of the pandemic. With those, I decided that if they knew they didn't have the budget, they shouldn't have made the offer; thus, making that company wrong for me.
I have also been ghosted several times. Several big companies, like Avanade, have told me that I was the right candidate for the role, future state. I was informed by the hiring teams that I should touch back every so many weeks to see if there were any changes in status only to do so, without responses returned. This is very disappointing but again, I took it as a sign as it wasn't meant to be.
My point in all of this is: that while it is a new and troubling time when looking for work; don't give up. I am not a 20 something fresh out of college and am more wise and experienced than I like. That made me be more careful about what companies I chose to work with. It also may have hindered me.
At the end of the day, my advice is to stick to your guns. Look at the companies that have strong company culture and business reputation. Look at those that are up and coming and will host the potential opportunity for advancement. Search for those that offer a great on-boarding and training opportunities.
Salary, of course is important but don't equate salary with commission or bonus as in today's uncertain times, they aren't guaranteed. Look at work-life balance, healthcare and medical benefits, 401K options, stock investment, vacation time, and childcare policies. With homeschooling appearing to be a new norm, you need to make sure that the companies of today offer flexibility more now than ever.
I am planning on to continue working remotely as I have been doing so for many years now. I am hopeful that the employment rates will continue to improve. The pandemic has slowed the world down but it can't stop it. Life must go on.
Good luck as you continue to find your next employment adventure and stay true to yourself. Don't settle just because you need a job, a paycheck, or other. Do what is right for you and yours.
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