Navigating the Job Market During and After the Coronavirus

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the United States and the world, leaving immeasurable damage in it’s wake. The job market especially has been hit hard, with rampant layoffs and sweeping changes across all industries. We understand that this can be overwhelming and confusing, so we’re working to clear the air. Below are some of the changes you can expect to see in the job market after the Coronavirus.

 

Slower Hiring

When the Coronavirus first hit the United States many companies put a pause all of their hiring. As time has passed companies have begun to hire again. While you may experience some companies hiring quickly, be aware that many other companies have slowed things down. Companies are still learning to navigate the new protective guidelines and as a result processes have slowed down. The average hiring period is now around 100 days, but the candidates we work with typically spend around 60-80 days in the hiring process. In short, while you can expect more companies to be open to hiring, be aware that the process could be longer than usual.

 

Longer Interview Periods

Part of the reason hiring is slower is because companies are spending more time interviewing candidates. One reason for this is a large shift towards virtual interviews. Companies are now using services such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype to conduct their interviews. While in the later stages of the interview process you can expect the usual in-person interviews, it’s best to prepare yourself to interview remotely.

 

Changes to In-Person Interviews

When you do get to the in-person interview stage, you can expect to see some changes to the usual processes. Social distancing protocols will be required. Items such as masks will also likely be mandatory for in-person interviews to help keep everyone safe.

 

Extended Start Dates

As companies are still learning how to work around the Coronavirus, some companies are asking if new hires if they’re open to delayed start dates.

 

These are just some of the changes you can expect to see in the job market post-coronavirus. This is a turbulent time and things are constantly changing. It’s important to be patient and able to adapt to these changes. Here at RSG, we’re happy to help you through these challenging times.

 

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The 3 Most Common Resume Mistakes We See

Over our time in business, we have seen a lot of resumes. We’ve also seen a lot of mistakes. Here we hope to bring awareness to some of the most common issues we’ve seen with the resume’s that we’ve been sent.

Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

When trying to present yourself as a professional, spelling is key. Proper spelling not only conveys professionalism and intelligence, but also shows that you care about details. It’s a small effort that goes a long way towards making you look better, so take a few minutes to make sure everything is in order. This also applies to making sure you are using the correct form of a word (ex. To vs. Too). Poor grammar can be just as damaging as poor spelling.

 

Extra spaces

Riding on the coattails of poor grammar, we see plenty of people include extra spaces between words and sentences. We’re not exactly sure where this practice started, but it’s improper by modern standards. In addition to being poor grammar, it eats up valuable real estate on your resume. Please be sure you only include one space between words and sentences.

 

Too long

Many people send us very long resumes, sometimes hitting more than 10 pages. This is not only unnecessary but makes you appear to be trying to make yourself seem more qualified than you are. Your resume is supposed to serve as a summary of your experience, not an in-depth analysis. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has a one page resume. If he can be brief, so can you. Ideally you should try to keep your resume between 1-2 pages, but no more than 3.

 

So these are the 3 most common mistakes and issues that we notice. Have you made any of these? If you would like to see more articles like this be sure you follow us on social media.

 

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